Architecture of Family: The Hidden Agenda
Still from “Home” by Thomas Gleeson, screening at the Aurora Picture Show
This week presents a number of experimental sound performances, opening receptions at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Jonathan Hopson Gallery, and a screening of international short films at the Aurora Picture Show.
Wednesday, June 14
At 8 pm, the Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett) presents Architecture of Family, a selection of contemporary international short films that explore the connections and constructs of family and community through memories, spaces and places. Curated by Mary Magasmen, the program includes work by Amy Jenkins, Sasha Waters-Freyer, Lenka Clayton, Thomas Gleeson, Lisset Mendoza, Allison Hunter and more. At 6:30 pm, Urban Harvest will host a potluck dinner in the garden and guests are invited to bring their own meat or veggies for grilling. Admission is $10.
Thursday, June 15
From 6:30 to 8 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) presents an evening of films by Tel Aviv-based artists, both well known and up-and-coming, curated by CAMH director Bill Arning. Arning will provide introductions to each of the films with stories about meeting each of the chosen filmmakers.
Friday, June 16
From 5:30 to 8 pm, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main) will host the opening reception for the first career retrospective of work by Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist Edward Eberle. For three decades, Eberle has pushed the limits of porcelain with a prolific body of work, ranging from classically inspired vessels to deconstructed sculptures. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s forms, from the mid-1980s to present. The exhibition will be on view in the main gallery through September 2.
Opening Reception — Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
From 5:30 to 8 pm, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will host the opening reception for Multiple Impressions, a solo exhibition of recent work by Annie Evelyn, the furniture maker at HCCC. The installation invites visitors to experience her craftsmanship first hand by taking a seat on her pieces, crafted from alternative materials like aluminum and cement. The exhibition will be on view in the front gallery through September 2.
From 6 to 7:30 pm, the Houston Center for Photography (1441 West Alabama) presents an improvisational music performance in conjunction with the institution’s current exhibition Louviere + Vanessa: Resonantia. Anisa Boukhlif will present field recordings, David Dove will perform on trombone and electronics, and Gabriel Martinez will play on prepared electric bass, objects and electronics, all working together to create a unique, improvised composition.
Performance — Lean, Bleak at Alabama Song
From 8 to 11 pm, Alabama Song (2521 Oakdale) will host another installment of Lean, Bleak, an ongoing experimental music concert series that allows artists to present their work across various practices, including improvisation, noise, poetry, dance and composed song. Performances will include works by Justin Jones/Gabriel Martinez/Ronnie Yates, Parham Daghighi/Joe Wozny, Andrew Durham/Megan Easley, and Ryan Edwards/Ruth Langston/Rebecca Novak. Admission is $5.
Saturday, June 17
Public Trust at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
From 1 to 5 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present Public Trust, an interactive artwork by Paul Ramírez Jonas. The piece asks museum visitors to examine the value of a word by declaring a promise, the words of which are recorded in a drawing that is shared with them and posted on a marquee board alongside similar pronouncements made by notable figures from the week’s headline news.
Sunday, June 18
Opening Reception — Coyote at Jonathan Hopson Gallery
From 1 to 5 pm, Jonathan Hopson Gallery (904 Marshall) will host the opening reception for the group exhibition Coyote. The exhibition, which features artists who were all either born or living in Texas, presents works that are imbued by the spirit of the state. Artists include Bradley Kerl, Debra Barrera, Julie DeVries, Lauren Moya-Ford, Erin Joyce, and Jessica Ninci. The exhibition will be on view through July 30.