Top 7 Houston art openings & events in August 2016

Forces of Nature, Jae Ko | Photo courtesy of Grounds For Sculpture

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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 August Art Openings & Events in Houston

  • A View Within Body Imaging Exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Through Saturday, September 3 | FREE – Inspired by body imaging, A View Within showcases textiles by Karen Rips and Paula Chung based off non-invasive medical renderings the artists collected over time from friends, family members, and strangers. The artists’ textiles shine a light on the beauty, strength and vulnerability of the body through their introduction of emotion to what typically are found to be static images. Times vary daily at the Montrose-area HCCC.
  • Infinite Pause: Photography and Time Exhibition at MFAH | Through Sunday, September 11 – With its theme rooted in photography’s innate ability to both stop time and create a never-ending duration, Infinite Pause showcases the camera’s ability to immortalize people and moments that have passed. Take a look at photography since the earliest days of the medium at this Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition which features nearly fifty images from the museum’s collection. Entrance to this exhibition is included with general admission. Times vary daily.
  • Flow Sculpture Exhibition by Jae Ko at CAMH | Through Sunday, September 18 | FREE – Korean-born artist Jae Ko has spent the better part of two decades working in fiber, transforming everyday materials like paper and vinyl cords into magnificent sculptures. With work ranging from discrete wall reliefs and small sculptures to monumental installations that recall earth’s natural shapes, Ko takes plenty from her time spent working with graphic and commercial design in Japan to evoke these representations. For her debut at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Ko will create a site-specific installation entitled flow 流, constructed from nearly one ton of recycled paper re-spooled and shaped to fit the architecture of CAMH’s Zilkha Gallery. Times vary daily.
  • As Essential As Dreams Member Noontime Talk at Menil Collection | Friday, August 12 – Enjoy a curator lead tour of As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art exhibition which focuses heavily on artists that lack formal academic training. Held every Friday for a small group, this specific Member Noontime Talk will be led by the museum’s curator Michelle White. Those attending the weekly talk’s can expect a more intimate take on the collection than seen before. Members must RSVP at [email protected]. If you are not currently a Menil Member, you can learn more and join here. Noon to 1pm.
  • Movie Night Screening of Burning Bush at the Czech Center Museum | Saturday, August 13 | FREE – Based on real characters and events in 1969, this tragic drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, who set himself on fire in protest of the 1969 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. 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.
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards | Saturday, August 13 | FREE – Featuring artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring and Silver Street Studios, The Washington Avenue Arts District proudly presents an eclectic Saturday market produced by the fine folks at First Saturday Arts Market. Enjoy a curated market with a penchant for folk art in a wide array of mediums from plenty of artisan makers. Beginning September, the market will take place every Saturday. Click here for more information on participating as a seller. 11am to 5pm.
  • Andy Warhol: Sunset Film Exhibition Opening at Menil Collection | Thursday, August 18 | FREE – Restored and re-released in 2000 as part of The Andy Warhol Film Project, Sunset is a rare, unfinished film by Warhol which finds the artist meditating symbolically on the fleeting nature of this daily phenomenon. Warhol began making the film in 1964 when Menil Collection founders, John and Dominique de Menil, commissioned the artist to produce a new film with spiritual significance. The 16mm film, which clocks in at a total of 33 minutes, features sunsets of San Francisco, East Hampton, New York City and even a cameo by The Velvet Underground’s Nico who can be heard at times reading poetry off-screen. The exhibit is on view at Menil Collection through Sunday, January 8, 2017. Opening day Thursday, August 18. Times vary daily.