Opening & Closing Museum Exhibitions & Installations in Houston: February 2021

"Under the Trees, Bigger" by David Hockney | Photo: Richard Schmidt, Courtesy of MFAH

Grab a last look or first glimpse at opening and closing museum exhibitions and installations throughout Greater Houston in February 2021.

This month, Houstonians have a final chance to check out exhibitions on social justice, identity and the history of more than a century of Galveston Island revelry.

February also brings the reopening of the always-free Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and Moody Center for the Arts, as well as a slate of new art exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, Archway Gallery, The Printing Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Click here to check out more ongoing installation and exhibitions in museums around Greater Houston.

Eman si pasión (Emancipation/Participation), 1974/2016, by Cecilia Vicuña | Courtesy of MFAH

Closing Exhibitions & Installations in Houston

  • Duo • Identity by Jiashan Lang and Anthony Pabillano at Archway Gallery | Through Thursday, February 4, 2021 | FREE – This joint exhibition explores ideas related to duality and contrast, as well as identity and culture through the artists’ shared interest in figurative art. Lang and Pabillano tell stories through their work in the form of sculpture and paper images that sometimes scale quite large.
  • Rewrite the World at Glassell School of Art | Through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Featuring works by Jamal Cyrus, Demian DinéYazhi’, and Cecilia Vicuña, this exhibition highlights artists who reveal historical and structural injustices in society as an essential focus of their practice. In addition to work since the 1970s, the exhibition will also address work by artists and activists from the past year who were involved in protesting police brutality and honoring Black lives.
  • Galveston’s Mardi Gras: A Retrospective at The Bryan Museum | Through Sunday, February 21, 2021 – This limited run exhibition traces the history of the lavish and celebratory tradition of Mardi Gras in Galveston, festivities which date back more than 100 years in one of the largest celebrations that takes place in the United States. Get a look at archival photographs, discover the tribulations that the carnival faced, and see some of the stunning architecture, posters and fashion that commemorates the event.

Click here to check out more ongoing installation and exhibitions in museums around Greater Houston.

Detail of right wall from Untitled (1973-75) by David Novros | Courtesy of Moody Center for the Arts

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Opening Exhibitions & Installations in Houston

  • Carnage by Jennifer May Reiland at Lawndale Art Center | Saturday, February 6, 2021 | FREE – The Houston-native artist draws from medieval European imagery and the tradition of Mexican devotional painting to examine female guilt, martyrdom and violence against women by weaving together the stories of many women, historical and imagined.
  • Mine the Gap: 2019-21 Artist Studio Program Exhibition at Lawndale Art Center | Saturday, February 6, 2021 | FREE – This exhibition presents new work by Jacquelyne Boe & David Janesko, Gerardo Rosales, and Holly Veselka, created during their 2019/21 Artist Studio Program residencies at Lawndale Art Center. The works are represented through various, disparate media and encourage nuance and close viewing to draw understandings.
  • Regeneration: New Works by Carol Berger, Liz Conces Spencer, & Gene Hester at Archway Gallery | Saturday, February 6, 2021 | FREE – This joint exhibition features works in clay and glass that explore visual ideas about the fragility of nature and its powerful regenerative forces in the face of human encroachment and the destruction of the planet’s environments. The artworks, created solo and collaboratively, will be auctioned off throughout the month, benefiting the conservation efforts of the Houston Arboretum.
  • Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration at Moody Center for the Arts | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | FREE – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel, this exhibition highlights the impact the Chapel has had on both artists and the public since opening in 1971. Featured artists include Brice Marden, David Novros, Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary and Byron Kim.
  • Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses at CAMH | Thursday, February 18, 2021 | FREE – Revolving around the legacy of the late Houston legend, DJ Screw, this interdisciplinary exhibition examines the creative process of DJ Screw, his contribution to rap, and assembles a field of artists that appropriate mash-up, collage, and slow down time to emphasize how remixing of “sampled” materials is a radical aesthetic act utilized by both artists and musicians.
  • Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves at CAMH | Thursday, February 18, 2021 | FREE – This unique exhibition juxtaposes the paintings of Elizabeth Murray (born in 1940) with the sculptural works of Jessi Reaves (born 1986) that, while generations apart, are each lyrical, playful and engage with the decorative, domestic and bodily.
  • Heaven, Earth and the Underworld: Old Master Prints from the Permanent Collection at The Printing Museum | Thursday, February 18, 2021 – Trace the early history of printmaking in Western Europe at this exhibition, featuring more than 40 woodcuts, engravings and etchings that reveal the path from armor decorators to the works of Renaissance and Enlightenment painters like Albrecht Dürer, Annibale Carraci and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
  • Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting at MFAH | Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Explore the evolution of lighting design across the past century, as it has transformed through major design movements to make an impact on our daily lives. This exhibition features rare and limited-production examples by designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Ingo Maurer, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and more.
  • Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature at MFAH | Sunday, February 21, 2021 – This exhibition compares nearly fifty works by British artist David Hockney against ten carefully chosen paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh, exploring the ways both artists bring a fresh perspective to color and landscape artworks. Originally premiering at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition makes its American debut at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Click here to check out more ongoing installation and exhibitions in museums around Greater Houston.

Detail of “The Martyrdom of St. Catherine” woodcut by Albrecht Dürer | Courtesy of The Printing Museum

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