This Month’s Must-See Exhibits in Houston: July 2022

"Le Cabinet du psy" by Leandro Erlich, on display at MFAH | Photo: Clara Bullen; courtesy of Leandro Erlich Studio

Catch our picks for the latest exhibitions and installations at art galleries and museums throughout Greater Houston in July 2022.

This month, summer exhibitions are in high gear across Houston, and we’ve selected a handful that you should put on your radar.

But this isn’t all you can see at museums and other institutions across the city, so go deeper and get a look at all the ongoing exhibitions when you check out our guide to installations and exhibitions in Greater Houston.

Top Exhibitions in Houston This Month: July 2022

Jasmine Zelaya, Rashaun Rucker & Melinda Laszczynski at Art League Houston

“Sad Girls” by Jasmine Zelaya, on display at Art League Houston | Courtesy of Art League Houston

A trio of summer exhibitions closes later this month at Art League in Montrose. Sad Girls by Jasmine Zelaya employs the artist’s signature floral patterns that are masks while also protecting and highlighting her subject’s internal worlds; Never Free to Rest by Rashaun Rucker compares the world of the common rock pigeon to the stereotypes and myths of the constructed identities of Black men in the United States; and Pressure Cookie by Melinda Laszczynski offers large paintings and small sculptures in an exhibition that intimately involves the artist’s grandmother as she began to struggle with dementia.


On display through Saturday, July 23, 2022.

The Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Holocaust Museum Houston

Take in the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at this exhibition in its final weeks | Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston

Now showing in its final weeks, this vibrant exhibition explores the life and legacy of the judicial giant through archival photographs, documents, contemporary art, audio presentations of the Supreme Court justice’s oral arguments, and much more.

Tickets are $22; free for ages 18 and under.

On display through Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Courtesy of Archway Gallery

Nearly four dozen resident artists are on display at this 14th annual juried exhibition, curated by Rosa Ana Orlando. Half the proceeds from the sale of these artwork will also go to Scenic Galveston, Archway’s charity partner that seeks to conserve habitats in the Galveston Bay area.


On display through Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Baseera Khan: Weight on History & Jennifer Steinkamp: Womb at Moody Center for the Arts

“Womb” by Jennifer Steinkamp | Courtesy of Moody Center for the Arts

Two separate exhibitions are on display at the Rice University arts center, including the first solo exhibition of Texas-born artist Baseera Khan. Her work in Weight on History features an array of pieces in a variety of mediums, including a monumental sculptural commission, which offers a means to critique existing power structures and envision alternative futures.

And in Jennifer Steinkamp’s Womb, visitors are invited to step into an interactive VR space where, through the use of handheld controllers, they are free to manipulate and collide with projected images of fruit. Steinkamp’s work is meant to probe ideas of fruit as the ripened ovary of a plant and its connections to the female-oriented function of seeds, spores and weeds.


On display through Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Leandro Erlich: Seeing Is Not Believing at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Bâtiment” by Leandro Erlich, now on display at MFAH | Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts

Step into the world of optical illusion with conceptual artist Leandro Erlich’s two iconic, room-sized installations. Thanks to a mirror trick in Bâtiment, you can find yourself clinging to the side of a four-story building, or appearing through a pane of glass in a psychoanalyst’s office in Le Cabinet du psy. Both works invite visitors to immerse themselves within everyday scenes while challenging their perceptions of balance, space, and the absolute.

Tickets are $19; free for ages 12 and under.

On display through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022.

David-Jeremiah: Early Career Survey at Houston Museum of African American Culture

“I.A.H.Y.F.F.A.W.D / N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D” by David-Jeremiah | Courtesy of the artist and Von Ammon Co.

A rising voice in the contemporary art world, the Dallas-based artist is explored in this survey of work from a brief three-year span that goes back to 2019’s Hamborghini Rally: Soul Hunt City series. His work, which is assertive and passionate, lays bare many facets of the “400-year conversation” that America has been having around race, asking what this conversation serves today and where do we go from here?


On display through Saturday, September 10, 2022.

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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.