Museum Exhibits in Houston This Month: October 2021

Detail of "Thick" by Jennifer Ling Datchuk | Courtesy of Seale Photography Studios

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

This month sees the closing of at least a half dozen exhibitions including two vibrant Blaffer Art installations, an across-the-spectrum display at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, an inclusive exhibition that lends a platform to local community voices at Holocaust Museum Houston, and more.

In some of the city’s biggest institutions, big exhibitions are on the way in October. The Menil Drawing Institute unveils three of them this month, as well as new inclusions at Moody Center for the Arts, a fringe arts festival at MATCH, and three major exhibitions at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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

A detail of “Into Bondage” by Aaron Douglas | Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

First Look: 13 Opening Exhibitions in Houston This Month

  • Wall Drawing Series: Marcia Kure at Menil Drawing Institute | Friday, October 1 to August 2022 | FREE – The Drawing Institute on the Menil campus adds another site-specific installation on their entry wall, this time featuring the work of Marcia Kure, a Nigerian-born artist that explores concepts of colonial legacies and diasporic identities in her wall drawings that incorporate the use of natural, plant-based pigments like kola nuts, indigo, coffee and charcoal.
  • Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, October 2 to Saturday, January 8, 2022 | FREE – Chinese American artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk employs traditional blue-and-white porcelain sculptures, large-scale multimedia installations and performance video to critique the realities of women’s access and liberation.
  • Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, October 2 to Saturday, January 8, 2022 | FREE – Featuring zines and ephemera from Texas and beyond the region, this exhibition explores the community, history and practice of self-described “zinesters,” who utilize collage and reappropriated content to deliver a wide spectrum of style and platforms.
  • Solipsism by John Slaby at Archway Gallery | Saturday, October 2 to Thursday, November 4, 2021 | FREE – Across the past three years, artist John Slaby has crafted a series of self-portraits that are now put on display, in addition to other works that venture into the hallucinatory madness of quarantine isolation. All of the works will be offering in a silent auction, with 50% of the proceeds going toward local mental health charities.
  • Moody Project Wall: Gerardo Rosales at Moody Center for the Arts | Friday, October 15 to Friday, January 21, 2022 | FREE – Launching a new series at the Moody, artist Gerardo Rosales will take over the prominent Project Wall in the center of the building, creating a temporary, large-scale design that investigates how popular myths and spiritual traditions in South American culture are fueled by sociopolitical factors.
  • 2021 Houston Fringe Festival at MATCH | Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17 – Across one weekend, the Houston Fringe Festival puts on three packed evenings of dance, music, film, storytelling, drag and performance art featuring a unique roster of fringe artists. Single night admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, free for ages 10 and under. Weekend passes are $35, plus fees. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 7:30pm.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Sunday, October 17 to Monday, January 17, 2022 – The modernist painter has a well-established aesthetic in her paintings of enlarged flowers, skyscrapers and Southwestern landscapes, though her practice of photography, which she began in the 1950s, is a less explored aspect of her work as an artist. This first-of-its-kind exhibition seeks to take an approach to her work as a photographer in the context of her extensive career. Included with general admission.
  • Afro-Atlantic Histories at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Sunday, October 24 to Monday, January 17, 2022 – In more than 130 artworks that span from the 17th to the 21st century, this exhibition brings a wide array of artistic mediums together in order to explore the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Visitors can gain valuable perspectives through the works that range from Neoclassical art, through the Harlem Rennaissance, and into contemporary works by artists such as Melvin Edwards, Ibrahim Mahama and Kara Walker. Included with general admission.
  • Draw Like a Machine: Pop Art, 1952-1975 at Menil Drawing Institute | Friday, October 29 to Sunday, March 13, 2022 | FREE – Through works of Roy Lichtenstein, Marjorie Strider, Leon Polk Smith and others, this exhibition explores the American Pop movement of the 20th century, which incorporated style and processes found in advertising at the time to produce images with a high degree of technical polish but very different intent.
  • Spatial Awareness: Drawings form the Permanent Collection at Menil Drawing Institute | Friday, October 29 to Sunday, March 13, 2022 | FREE – This exhibition shows the inventive ways that artists from the mid-1950s to today have tried to represent space, through physical forms and clever technique, with works from Trisha Brown, Sol LeWitt, Dorothea Rockburne and others.
  • Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare at Holocaust Museum Houston | Friday, October 29 to Sunday, February 20, 2022 – HMH examines the period of the 1940s in which Congress called writers and directors of Hollywood films to defend themselves against allegations of disseminating Communist propaganda, which in turn led to the industry creating a self-imposed “blacklist” to use against employees who maintained political beliefs counter to prevailing orthodoxies.
  • Calder-Picasso at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Sunday, October 31 to Sunday, January 30, 2022 – Conceived by the grandsons of both artists, this exhibition brings together works of multiple disciplines to explore how the American artist Alexander Calder and Spanish artist Pablo Picasso focused on and expressed the concept of space. Tickets, which include general admission, are $23 for adults; $18 for ages 13 to 18 and 65+; free for ages 12 and under.
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Comic Relief at Blaffer Art Museum | Sunday, October 31 to Sunday, March 13, 2022 | FREE – Emerging from the 1990s underground feminist punk scene known as Riot Grrrl, artist and writer Molly Zuckerman-Hartung developed an artistic aesthetic that inquires and critiques overarching structures in society through creative resistance and clever re-inventions of painting practices. This exhibition also represents the first major museum survey of the artist’s work.

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“Mops” by Gerardo Rosales, on display at “Withstand: Latinx Art in Time of Conflict” at Holocaust Museum Houston | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365Houston

Last Chance: 6 Closing Exhibitions in Houston This Month

  • In Residence: 14th Edition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Ends Saturday, October 9, 2021 | FREE – The annual exhibition of resident artists at HCCC presents works in paper, metal, clay, fiber, and stone by 7 artists; Chloe Darke, Abbie Preston Edmonson, Hong Hong, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Stephanie Robison, Michael Velliquette, and Kirstin Willders.
  • Withstand: Latinx Art in Time of Conflict at Holocaust Museum Houston | Ends Sunday, October 17, 2021 – The Museum’s first juried exhibition brings together 100 multi-media artworks of Houston Latinx artists that explore themes of social justice and human rights. Specific focuses include border relations, gender roles, domestic violence, the immigrant experience and social and political turmoil.
  • Jagdeep Raina: Bonds at Blaffer Art Museum | Ends Sunday, October 24, 2021 | FREE – In writings, paintings, weavings, and video, Jagdeep Raina illustrates and reimagines stories and scenes from across the Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh diasporas. This exhibition features some of Raina’s works from the past six years in what marks their first solo museum presentation in the United States.
  • Martine Gutierrez: Radiant Cut at Blaffer Art Museum | Ends Sunday, October 24, 2021 | FREE – This survey of work by Guatemalan-American artist, Martine Gutierrez, interrogates the ways sexuality and style are socially constructed and propagated through popular media.
  • Joel McGlasson at the Jung Center | Ends Saturday, October 30, 2021 | FREE – An artist that put his career on hold to become an architect, Joel McGlasson has dove back into painting after his retirement in 2011, utilizing different techniques to explore the expressive forms of abstract painting. The Jung Center hosts this retrospective of his work from across 50 years of work.
  • Houston Earth Day Artist Murals at Discovery Green | Ends Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2021 | FREE – In celebration of Earth Day 2021, 13 Houston artists were selected to create murals around the park that envision the hope of a future Houston and inspire us to create that shared future together. Featured artists include DUAL, Melissa Aytenfisu, Kill Joy, Max Guarnaccia, Meenr, and others.

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

Photographs on display in “Radiant Cut” by Martine Gutierrez | Courtesy of Blaffer Art Museum

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.