Top 10 Houston art openings & events in November 2015

Jisun Choi, Somewhere in the Balance | Photo courtesy of the artist

Weigh your options and plan where Houston’s art community will take you this month with our top picks for openings and events for November 2015.

Mark your calendar and set your month in motion with our guide to the city’s museum, gallery, and art space offerings.

Top 10 November Art Openings & Events in Houston

  • Solo Performance by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche at The Menil Collection | Saturday, November 7 | FREE – The drummer of Chicago-based rock band Wilco will be shedding his band mates for the night to explore the percussive possibilities of found objects in this commissioned performance at the Menil. Kotche, both a composer and percussionist outside of his time with Wilco, will be exploring drum improvisation, composition, and performance. Seating is limited. 8pm.
  • The World of Salvador Dali Talk at The Menil Collection | Wednesday, November 11 | FREE – Danielle Johnson, curatorial assistant at New York’s beloved MoMA, will be delivering a talk that considers both Dali’s eccentric lifestyle as an artist as well as his artwork. Johnson, who works in the Dept. of Painting and Sculpture, completed her PhD writing about Dali as well as everyone’s favorite surrealist, Rene Magritte. Seating is limited. 7pm.
  • Modern Day Fairytale Accalia and the Swamp Monster at the Jung Center | Thursday, November 12 – Journey into Kelli Scott Kelley’s fairytale world of Accalia at Psyche and Art in the Swamplands. Using Kelley’s fantastical words and images as a backdrop, The Jung Center will examine the healing power of storytelling. Tickets start at $15 for members and $20 for non-members not including ticket fees. 7pm.
  • Astrology Orchestra Symphonic Performance at the James Turrell Skyspace | Saturday, November 14 | FREE – Rice University’s skyspace will be transformed into a planetary performance at this event co-curated by DiverseWorks and Rice Public Art co-presented event. Astrology Orchestra is the ongoing symphonic performance of artist Katie Grinnan who will represent planetary positions with handmade instruments at the scenic Twilight Epiphany skyspace. 3pm.
  • Movie Screening of Cambodian Rock Doc with Live Performance by Dengue Fever at Asia Society | Thursday, November 19 – Screen Asia and HCAF present a screening of the heart-stirring documentary, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, chronicling Cambodia’s golden age of pop throughout the 60’s and 70’s before tragedy struck. Cambodian-American band, Dengue Fever will perform an intimate set paying tribute to the film’s music immediately following the screening. $15; $10 for members. 7pm.
  • Somewhere in the Balance Photo Exhibition Opening at HCP | Friday, November 20 | FREE – This Houston Center for Photography exhibition features four artists building and photographing an environment that reflects their current respective states of mind. Each artist has crafted and developed characters in settings that play with the dynamic of fiction rooted in reality. 5:30pm.
  • Galveston-centric Group Exhibition Island Time Opening at CAMH | Saturday, November 21 | FREE – Featuring work by 22 former residents and artists who have exhibited at the Galveston Artist Residency, this broad group exhibition shines a light on our island city neighbor. Expect animation, painting, sculpture, video, and performances that represent the dynamic work originating at GAR. 6:30pm.
  • Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America Opening at MFAH | Sunday, November 22 – Join the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as they highlight major works by established Latin American artists over a variety of mediums. Most all of the work included in the exhibition draws from work in the museum’s permanent collection acquired over the past five years through the Caribbean Art Fund. Entrance to this exhibition is included with general admission. 12:15pm.
  • Via Colori Street Painting Family Festival in Downtown | Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 | FREE – Downtown Houston’s urban landscape will be getting an artistic makeover like you’ve never seen when 200 artists take over the streets of the city for Via Colori 2015. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Houston’s favorite street painting festival near City Hall’s Hermann Square with plenty of diverse art, music, food, and drinks. 10am to 6pm.
  • Pop Shop Houston’s Black Friday Music, Fashion and Art Fest at Silver Street Studios | Friday November 27 to Sunday, November 29 | FREE – Shop small and experience a side of Black Friday you’ve never seen at Silver Street Studios this November. Featuring local designers, artists, musicians, and vintage boutiques from all over the city, Pop Shop Houston’s Holiday Festival offers a handmade view of our city through the eyes of Houston’s most talented creatives. Friday and Saturday noon to 8pm. Sunday noon to 6pm.
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Cody Swann
Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.