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Bruce Davidson’s “Selma March, Alabama” (1965) | Courtesy of Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

Take a last look or a first look at the museum exhibits that open and close in Greater Houston in December 2021.

Things are a little quieter as the holiday season approaches, ahead of a busy January that is shaping up for museums around Houston.

Nonetheless, there are 10 exhibits to watch out for this month, as they wrap up their tours or premiere at institutions across the city.

Of course, you can always check out our guide to current installations and exhibits in Greater Houston.

First Look: 5 Exhibitions open in Houston this month

  • April Frazier: frame of reference at the Museum of African-American Culture in Houston | From Friday December 3 to Saturday March 5, 2022 | FREE – The Houston-based photographer is featured in this exhibition researching and documenting her ancestral Texas roots that culminates in a chronology of photographs dating back to 1890 to the present, recognizing “the primordial sacrifice and love shown over time. which is the foundation for the achievement and survival of black families.
  • Fusion: new works by Veronica Dyer and Jim Adams at the Archway Gallery | Saturday 4 December to Thursday 6 January 2022 | FREE – The works of two artists are juxtaposed, highlighting the positive energy found in Veronica Dyer’s paintings and sculptures created during the lockdown, and the darker aspects of the human experience in the recent work of sculptor Jim Adams, “Personal Demons”.
  • Speak ! Confronting hate speech at the Holocaust Museum in Houston | From Friday December 10 to Sunday May 1, 2022 – This exhibition examines the ways in which words can lead to genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity through historical and current examples. Visitors will also explore how different strategies can be deployed to counter what we call “hate speech”. Included with general admission; $ 19, $ 15 for people 65 and over and military members on active duty, free for those 18 and under.
  • Focus on the collection: the photographs of Bruce Davidson at Menil Collection | From Friday December 10 to Sunday May 29, 2022 | FREE – Taken from hundreds of photos in the Menil Collection, this exhibition examines the work of the famous photographer who documented life in various places and communities trapped in historical transitions, such as Britain’s rigid class structures of postwar and early 1960s era of the American civil rights movement.
  • Body worlds and life cycle at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences | Reopening on Friday December 17th – HMNS reopens the popular traveling exhibition featuring real human bodies preserved by the plastination process. It closed in September 2021 but is now returning. Designed by Body Worlds creative and conceptual designer Dr Angelina Whalley, it shows the human body through time and shows visitors the latest findings in anatomy, longevity and health. $ 30; $ 21 for ages 3 to 11.

Check out other installations and exhibits currently in the museums of Greater Houston.

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“Dune” by Kapwani Kiwanga | Photo: Nash Baker; courtesy of the Moody Center for the Arts

Last Chance: 5 Exhibitions in Houston close this month

  • Abstract explosion: the art of Danny Simmons and TAFA at the Museum of African-American Culture in Houston | ends Friday December 17th | FREE – The Brooklyn-native artist and poet immersed himself in his studio practice during the 2020 pandemic, producing a multitude of self-proclaimed “Neo-African Abstract Expressionist” works of art that resonate with joyful movement and energy , many of whom are exposed to HMAAC through the middle of the month.
  • Kapwani Kiwanga: The sand is reminiscent of the shadow of the moon at the Moody Center for the Arts | Ends Sunday December 19 | FREE – The Paris-based artist transforms parts of the Moody Center with his in situ works that use natural materials to address the links between business and work, as well as between society and the environment, on multiple scales.
  • Tiffany Heng Hui Lee: Kiss the earth at the Jung Center | ends Friday December 23 | FREE – The Jung Center hosts the work of Tiffany Heng-Hui Lee, who creates mixed media abstract collages and sculptures of the natural landscape and environment through her exploration of line, form, color and the texture.
  • Hope is action! Exchange of contemporary typographic prints at the Printing Museum | Ends New Year’s Eve, Friday December 31 | Virtual option – Showcasing artwork from the Ladies of Letterpress 2020 conference, this exhibit is packed with messages that inspire action, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being. This exhibition can also be explored virtually on the Imprimerie’s website.
  • The lost bird project at the Bryan Museum | Ends in December 2021 | FREE – On the museum grounds, these large bronze sculptures of the homing pigeon, the heath hen, the Carolina parakeet, the great penguin, the Labrador duck and, more recently, the Eskimo curlew chronicle these North American birds that have disappeared in modern times. Free visit outside the museum.

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