Top 7 Houston art opening & events in May 2016

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See where the city’s art offerings can take you this month with our top picks for openings and events for May 2016.

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Enjoy all the free events around town with our guide to the city’s museum, gallery, and art space offerings this month.

Top 7 May Art Openings & Events in Houston

  • Becky Soria’s Woman and Her Symbols Opening at The Jung Center | Tuesday, May 3 Opening Reception | FREE – Expect a thought provoking show of paintings by artist Becky Soria that poses the question: do females tap into the same or a different unconscious as their male counterparts? Soria, trained in the biological sciences, presents a possible theory that the collective unconscious struggles to evolve itself in what’s become a deconstructive age to both genders. The exhibit is on view at the Montrose-area Jung Center in the heart of the Museum District through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Opening reception Tuesday, May 3 from 5pm to 7pm.
  • Self-Portrait Photo Series by Samantha Geballe at HCP | Friday, May 13 Opening Reception | FREE – Los Angeles based artist and 2016 HCP Fellowship Recipient  Samantha Geballe has been creating since an early age. In 2016 Samantha’s work finds her focusing on conceptual portraiture which explores human nature from the inside out. Over the past few years Geballe has put her efforts into an on-going self-portrait series that tackles body image and healing. The deeply emotional series challenges viewers to question what it means to accept oneself and confronts the anxieties that come with the struggle to accept our body. The exhibit is on view at the Houston Center for Photography through Sunday, July 10, 2016. Opening reception Friday, May 13 from 5:30pm to 8pm.
  • In The Pipeline’s Path Photo Exhibition at HCP | Friday, May 13 Opening Reception | FREE – Motivated to make compelling images of those living within the Keystone XL pipeline’s path, Eric Kayne found himself in Nebraska photographing the voiceless whom were being asked to give up their property. In his latest exhibition on view at the Houston Center for Photography, Kayne is hoping to in some way balance out the issue by shedding light on those still fighting for a different pathway, both for the pipeline project and for the environmental future. The exhibit is on view at HCP through Sunday, July 10, 2016. Opening reception Friday, May 13 from 5:30pm to 8pm.
  • Movie Night Screening of Zelary at the Czech Center Museum | Friday, May 13 | FREE – Take in a Slavic film screening about a nurse and her surgeon-lover who, after taking part in a resistance movement during 1940’s Czechoslovakia, must flee while relying on the kindness of others. Founded to celebrate, share and promote the rich cultural abundance of this major Slavic ethnic group’s history, The Czech Center Museum Houston has spent the past fourteen years with the goal to bring highly acclaimed programs to Houston that highlight the Slavic group’s 1,500 years of having settled in central Europe. In addition to the CCHM’s monthly film series the museum offers many free to the public presentations of non-biased, non-political and non-religious events for those interested in the culture. 7pm to 9pm.
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) Projector Party at The Menil Collection | Saturday, May 14 | FREE – Enjoy the art of the moving image with Houston’s first BYOB (Bring Your Own “Beamer”) event. Those attending can bring their own projector to beam images, videos or films onto the Menil Collection’s façade on the front lawn. This free outdoor event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating. Currently all advance registration spots are filled, but the museum will take walk-ups on the night of the event in first-come, first-served order. 8pm.
  • Kristin Musgnug Landscape Painting Opening at Inman Gallery | Friday, May 20 Opening Reception | FREE – With work springing from her interest in the relationship between people and nature, Kristin Musgnug paints to showcase how nature shapes our actions towards the land. Her landscape paintings, of which working on location en plein air are a crucial element in her process, will be on view in the north end of the historic Isabella Court building in the heart of Mid-Main. Explore the ideas, fears and fantasies attached to nature when Musgnug’s scientific landscapes come to life far from their creation in the white wall gallery setting of Inman over drinks and conversation. The exhibit is on view at Inman through Saturday, June 25, 2016. Opening reception Friday, May 20 from 5pm to 8pm.
  • Fabiola Project unveiling at The Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel | Saturday, May 21 Opening Reception | FREE – Join the Menil Collection and Belgian artist Francis Alys for the unveiling of the latest installation in the museum’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel. Consisting primarily of paintings, The Fabiola Project, which gets it’s namesake from 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola is made up of more than 450 reproductions of a lost 1885 painting by Jean-Jacques Henner. Upon moving to Mexico City where he is now based, Alys combed the city’s flea markets and consistently found versions of Henner’s Fabiola. His passive collecting soon grew into obsession and ultimately culminated to what we now find on view at the Menil. A free to attend conversation will be held between curator Lynne Cooke and the artist in conjunction with the opening Saturday, May 21 2pm to 3pm. Seating is limited. The exhibit is on view through Saturday, January 28, 2017 11am to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.
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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.