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  • From the Earth

    Archway Gallery
    2305 Dunlavy
    Houston, TX 77006
    From the Earth

    Archway Gallery presents From the Earth, featuring decorative ceramics by Carol Berger, on view April 6 – May 2, 2019. The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery, and will talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. The artist will also give a demonstration and talk on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Carol Berger’s artwork is often influenced by images, patterns and colors from nature. As an environmentalist and an avid reuse-recycler, Carol hopes that by creating work which reflects our natural world, others will be encouraged to join her efforts in protecting our earth.

  • Open House

    Sam Houston Park
    1000 Bagby Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Open House

    Open House is an interactive temporary public sculpture created by local artists, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Sourced from Cherry House Moving Company, the 1940s-era house has circular holes into the walls creating a “Swiss cheese” appearance, and collaged interior walls with vintage images sourced from family, friends and local resale shops that represent the city’s people, places and past. Visitors can walk through Open House, soaking in some of Houston's history while viewing both the modern skyscrapers of Downtown Houston and the landscape of Sam Houston Park through the holes that have been carved out of the house.

  • Café Bustelo

    Café Bustelo
    3615 Montrose Blvd
    Houston, TX 77006
    Café Bustelo

    Café Bustelo, the rich espresso-style Latin coffee, will debut a temporary cafe inside a shipping container in the vibrant and diverse Montrose neighborhood of Houston. Café Bustelo will be at 3615 Montrose Blvd for a limited time only March 12 through May 25. The café will offer an authentic Latin coffee experience as well as delicious food, local art and lively music. Guests can purchase drinks such as cafecito, colada, cortadito and café con leche.

  • New Monuments for New Cities

    Buffalo Bayou
    1400 Memorial Dr
    Houston, TX 77019
    New Monuments for New Cities

    Please join Buffalo Bayou Partnership on Tuesday, February 19 for an exclusive first look at the New Monuments for New Cities exhibitionwhich will be on view from February 20-April 30.

  • “Moon” by Luke Jerram

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    “Moon” by Luke Jerram

    Houston, we have a landing. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon, heralding astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as the first humans to successfully accomplish a lunar landing. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this moon-mentous occasion, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is bringing the moon to Houston like never before!

    Created by artist Luke Jerram, this sculpture features 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery of the moon’s surface, using projection mapping. Lunar features, such as Tycho, Apollo 11’s landing spot and even the elusive “dark side of the moon” are displayed in stunning resolution on this unique sculpture. At an approximate 23 feet in diameter and an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each inch of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 42 feet of the moon’s surface.

  • Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    The Texas coast is a natural treasure to many Texans, but few know about its ecologic and economic importance. The Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology shows visitors how a healthy environment is paramount to maintaining and sustaining a healthy economy. With about 2400 square feet of floor space and a 120 foot wall space adjacent to the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, guests learn about the environmental characteristics of the Texas coast, as well as critical habitats, iconic species, concerns and impacts, recreation, and opportunities for conservation and restoration.

    “The Texas coast provides seemingly unlimited resources of many kinds for business, industry, education, recreation, and simply, personal enjoyment,” said Wes Tunnell, HMNS Curator of Marine Biology. “Consequently, many people want to live, work, and play on the Texas coast. Therefore, it is important to balance what we take from and how we use the coast. We now know that a healthy coastal environment leads to a healthy and sustainable coastal economy, so it is important to protect the natural environment which in turn protects the economy.”

  • Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science has had Texas Wildlife diorama displays since the early days when the museum was located across the street at the zoo. In 2014 several of the older murals underwent a renovation of supporting habitat and species, and today these vintage treasures can be viewed in the basement of the Education wing.

    Today’s version of the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife is located on the 2nd floor, and showcases the remarkably diverse biomes of our beloved Lone Star State. Dioramas highlighting Piney Woods, Oak Motte, Coastal Prairie and Wetland are included as nearby regions, whereas South Texas Dry Forest, Guadelupe Mountains, and High Plains are further afield in other parts of the state. There are also kiosks focusing on extinct and vanishing species, invasive species in our state, and aberrantly colored individual animals.

    In total over 425 specimens representing approximately 250 species will be on display. Emphasis for this exhibit is placed on rare, endangered and extinct species. Over 50 species, more than 20% of those on display, are classified under some level of threat.

  • Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

    The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and—of course—mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

    Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, has been moved to his new surroundings.

  • Shapeshifters

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Blvd
    Houston, TX 77006

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s (CAMH) Teen Council is pleased to present Shapeshifters, a group exhibition featuring work by over forty Houston-area teen artists. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, textile, and digital media, including an interactive website. Shapeshifters addresses both instant and continuous responses to rapid shifts in our cultural, socio-political, and physical landscapes.

  • Death by Natural Causes

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park D
    Houston, TX 77030
    Death by Natural Causes

    Snakes. Spiders. Sharks.  The things you fear are the least of your worries! Death by Natural Causes will introduce patrons to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives.  Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, visitors can see what can cause a death, either directly or indirectly, from the natural world. Poisonous, venomous and toxic are just a few of the terms that will be clarified, and things you interact with almost daily will be used as examples—mushrooms, snakes, spiders and even common foods! Old wives tales and urban myths will be debunked, as visitors travel through five general areas of rich graphics, compelling visuals and surprising specimens.

  • Anna Mavromatis: Handmade Tales

    Redbud Gallery
    303 E. 11th St.
    Houston, TX 77008
    Anna Mavromatis: Handmade Tales

    Artist Statement: "Having lived most of my life separated by great distances from loved ones, the existence of heirlooms has been of great comfort to me, a substitute for their absence, a reminder of the bonds connecting us, meaningful talismans guiding me through each day’s paths of joy and drama. Books, untouched items from forgotten trousseaus, correspondence and photos of unknown relatives, traditions, rituals, family lore, and history, all represent the links and references to my identity. The content of this show derives from the influence of these heirlooms, gifted to me at different stages of my life, safely kept and carried through many relocations between two continents. I consider them treasures pulsing with nostalgic sentimentality, responding to my stylistic values and adding to my trove of materials. These gifts reached me through women I was surrounded with during childhood, women of extraordinary strength and courage. They lived at times of war, faced expatriation, entered new landscapes to build new lives interrupted by new wars; they were imprisoned and when liberated faced the terrors and sins of a civil war. They were victimized by politics and decisions affecting us all still. They told and sang their stories to me, intermingled with traditional tales, parables and myths that formed the intellectual map of who I became to be. Directly and indirectly, my work and beliefs have been informed, inspired and shaped by these women’s stories and a longing for a time when there will be no reason to talk about gender differences and freedoms."

  • Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
    4848 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

    In partnership with the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, HCCC presents Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, a traveling exhibition of the Wisconsin-based maker and designer’s imaginative furniture and works on paper. The playful show encourages viewers to shake up their habits and interact with the environment and one another, while considering issues such as body posture and etiquette that are often taken for granted. Loeser’s work also raises a clever question: “If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?”Guest curated by Glenn Adamson, Please Please Please reimagines what furniture can be by juxtaposing the artist’s furniture with his series of pyrographs and cyanotype prints. “In making this exhibition,” says Adamson, “we have been inspired by Loeser’s way of turning furniture upside-down and inside-out. This is partly about understanding the medium’s full potential, and partly about sheer enjoyment. It’s a show that children and adults alike will love.”

  • An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    The Printing Museum
    1324 W. Clay Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    The use of wood as a tool for printing text has been employed for centuries. The Chinese first carved their alphabetical characters into individual pieces of wooden type in 868 CE. However, history, technology, and resources combined in an interesting way in nineteenth-century America, creating an aesthetic trend in printing that drew on historic type style and designs, but also innovated in news way that had not been seen before. As westward expansion brought Americans to settle across the country, the demand for printers and new printing technology also grew. The routing and pantograph machines allowed the forested land to be converted into wood type, which could be produced as a less expensive alternative to metal type. This new technology enabled new fonts to be developed around historiated letters that were typically used as display type. Now, entire alphabets of new fonts were created in a distinctly American aesthetic and in sizes not previously available.

    John Horn was first introduced to printing in high school in the mid-1960s. He would go on to work as a commercial printer for most of his life. After retiring in the 1980s he began collecting historic printing equipment and type and immersed himself in the history of printing and typography. He now is the owner of his own letterpress studio, Shooting Star Press, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He owns 2,700 fonts of metal type, 1,200 fonts of wood type, hundreds of fonts of line casting matrices and over 200 presses.  He draws largely from American Wood Type: 1828-1900, Rob Roy Kelly’s seminal text from 1977, for identifying and dating the wood type in his collection—situating American manufacturers as innovators in style.

    On display are selections of type specimens from The Printing Museum’s collection, which were printed in 2001-2002 by John Horn on his Vandercook Universal I Press.  The specimens consist of fonts that were produced by five type manufacturers:  Hamilton Manufacturing Company; William H. Page and Company; Vanderburgh, Wells & Company; Morgans & Wilcox; and Tubbs Manufacturing Company (also referred to as Tubbs & Company). These examples depict serif and sanserif fonts, including primary faces of Roman, Antique, and Gothic; secondary designs, such as Clarendon and Tuscan; and new families of type designs, such as Antique Tuscan. Further derivations can be seen in the condensed and expanded fonts, as well as Italic and outlined versions.

    On view in the Hallway Gallery. All prints on display are from the permanent collection of The Printing Museum.

  • Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection

    Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection features a survey of works from the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art.

    The exhibition presents more than three dozen works of art acquired by the MFAH over the past 10 years. The selection spans six decades of artistic expression, from figures who were actively in dialogue with leading postwar artistic movements such as Nouveau Réalisme, Arte Povera, and Pop Art in the 1960s, to contemporary artists whose work speaks to their identities as both insiders and outsiders within an American experience.

    All of the artists in the exhibition rely on parody and dark wit to express social and political realities. Between Play and Grief includes the work of Amalia Mesa-Bains, Antonio Berni, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Alberto Heredia, Luis Jiménez, Rómulo Macció, César Augusto Martínez, Mondongo, Celia Alvárez Muñoz, Luis Felipe Noé, Marcos Raya, Vincent Valdez, and Jorge de la Vega.

  • Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

    Photographer Sally Mann explores what it means to be Southern. For more than 40 years, Mann (born 1951) has made experimental, hauntingly beautiful photographs that address overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is the first major retrospective of the celebrated artist’s career.

    This internationally traveling exhibition investigates how Mann’s relationship with her native Virginia, a place rich in literary and artistic traditions yet troubled by history, has shaped her work. Featuring over 120 images organized into five sections—family, landscape, battlefields, legacy, mortality—A Thousand Crossings shows how the American South emerges within Mann’s work as a powerful and provocative force that continues to shape American identity and experience.

  • Derek Boshier - Paintings, Drawings, and Film: Selected Works 2004 - 2019

    Redbud Gallery
    303 E. 11th St.
    Houston, TX 77008
    Derek Boshier - Paintings, Drawings, and Film: Selected Works 2004 - 2019

    “In 2017, after visiting our residency in Germany, I was fortunate to attend an extraordinary exhibition at the Wolfsburg Museum entitled ‘This Was Tomorrow, Pop Art in Great Britain’ showcasing artists, architects, film directors, music bands and photographers. Some of the artists included: The Beatles, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Allen Jones, R. B. Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi, Lord Snowdon, The Rolling Stones, The Who and our own Derek Boshier. Boshier, born 1937 in Portsmouth, UK and now living in LA, is a well-known English pop artist who works in painting, drawing, collage, photography, film, and sculpture. During the 1990’s, Boshier was an exemplary artist teaching at the University of Houston. While he has kept in touch with many of his Houston friends, he has not had a major show in Houston in recent years. We are honored that Derek has agreed to present some of his recent works in this exhibition. A special series, directly devoted to Houston and entitled ‘Ghosts of Houston’, will be premiered. Recent paintings, drawings, and photographs will be available for viewing. The artist will be present. After the Saturday, April 6th opening, Redbud will have a rare Boshier film screening and lecture the next night, Sunday, April 7 from 6pm to 8 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.”- Gus Kopriva

  • El Chow: Mango Verde

    Sabine Street Studios
    1907 Sabine st
    Houston, TX 77007
    El Chow: Mango Verde

    El Chow: Mango Verde is the proposed second iteration of El Chow, an exhibition series curated by Moe Penders. All exhibited artwork will be selected from work made by queer latinx people from Manteca HTX open call. The intention of this second iteration of El Chow is to build upon important conversations that arose from the work exhibited in the first, focusing on themes of migration, communal healing, representation, visibility, gender studies, and belonging. The artists’ work will operate beyond the confines of readily accepted social, cultural, and gender norms, and will manifest in more varied media than exhibited in the first iteration, El Chow: Fruto en vaina.

  • The Royale

    Rec Room
    100 Jackson St.
    Houston, TX 77002
    The Royale

    In this regional premiere, Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and in the racially segregated world of boxing his chances are as good as knocked out. Winner of two Obie Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award, The Royale is inspired by the real-life story of Galveston’s own Jack Johnson, a boxer who at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first African American World Heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Ragtime

    Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
    800 Bagby, Ste 300
    Houston, TX 77002

    Based on E.L. Doctorow’s powerful book about immigrants and the fight for the American soul in the early 20th century, Ragtime is a magnificent and deeply moving musical. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score and book, Ragtime is set at a time when worlds and cultures are colliding on issues of race, class, gender equality, and politics.

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Stages Repertory Theatre
    600 Rosine Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    Little Shop of Horrors

    This smash sci-fi musical has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years! A nerdy flower shop clerk named Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant which he affectionately names after his secret crush, Audrey. The exotic bloom offers the promise of fame and fortune, but Seymour soon discovers that the mysterious “Audrey II” also has a taste for blood, ominous origins and an insatiable appetite for power!

  • Invention Convention

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.

  • Crimes of the Heart

    Alley Theatre
    615 Texas St.
    Houston, TX 77002
    Crimes of the Heart

    Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Beth Henley’s first play brings you to the Mississippi home of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn't like his looks. This brings middle sister Meg back to town from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career. And poor Lenny, everyone has forgotten her birthday! Warm-hearted, irreverent, and imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teams with humanity as the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future.