Jennifer Crane, “Her Fears,” 2015.
This week brings in number of incredible art events, including a unique live performance at Aurora Picture Show, a community art swap at Lawndale Art Center and opening receptions at Houston Center for Photography and Galveston Arts Center.
Thursday, March 2
Opening Reception — Elise Weber: Let’s Talk About Lady Stuff at 3rd Space Gallery
From 6 to 9 pm, head to the University of Houston’s 3rd Space Gallery (4188 Elgin) for the opening reception of Elise Weber’s solo exhibition Let’s Talk About Lady Stuff. The exhibition features sculptural work that explores issues surrounding the control and categorization of women in today’s world. “From the shape of womens’ bodies to the hair on their chins, Weber creates a playfully humorous atmosphere to cultivate discussion about ‘lady stuff.'” The exhibition will be on view through March 12.
Friday, March 3
From 5:30 to 8 pm, the Houston Center for Photography (1441 West Alabama) is hosting opening receptions for two exhibitions. Her Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground features the work of 6 photographers who reference the historic practice of male photographers featuring females in the landscape as an inactive object or allegory of sexuality. “Through self-representation, whether symbolic or through self-portraits, the artists in the exhibition firmly plant themselves in this new, yet familiar cultural landscape.” PictureThis! is an exhibition of work created by HCP’s Access and Community Education program with Texas Children’s Hospital. “HCP’s teaching artists work with patients on a variety of projects aimed at engaging creativity and exploring key learning topics, which encourage motor, emotional and developmental skills.” Both exhibitions will be on view through May 7.
Starting at 7 pm, Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) presents the third installment of SPEAKEASY, a program with music, performance and discussions of contemporary art. Featuring a performance by legendary punk band Mydolls, the band will also host the release of their limited edition collectible red vinyl EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, as well as a Q&A with a friend of the band and former Lawndale Executive Director Mary Ross Taylor.
Saturday, March 4
Art Swap at Lawndale Art Center
From 10 am to 2 pm, Lawndale Art Center presents Art Swap, a unique trading event with artists, collectors and appreciators. The only rules are: 1) No trade for cash are allowed. 2) You may swap for artwork, tools and services. 3) Promised services must be carried out before goods are provided. 4) All trades are final. Refreshments will be provided by Topo Chico and food trucks will be on site.
From 11 am to 3 pm, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main) is hosting Craft Community Day, a new spring event featuring the “Annual Gathering of the Guilds” and other local community groups. Visitors are invited to watch a number of craft demonstrations, including blacksmithing, book arts, printing, woodturning, basket weaving, and ceramics.
From 6 to 9 pm, the Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand) is hosting opening receptions for three exhibitions. Either/And is a solo presentation of works by Houston artist David Alysworth, well-known for colorful abstract paintings that highlight the relationship between form and shape. Houston-Galveston artist Steve Fisher presents Galveston: Spare Beauty, an exhibition of large format black and white images of the Texas Gulf Coast. Galveston DIY collective WAKE presents In Our Wake: A Collective’s Collected Objects, a show of selections from their publication, Wake the Zine. The exhibitions will be on view through April 16.
From 7:30 to 9 pm, join Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett) for presentations of Cry of the Third Eye and Children of the Lost, two acts of an eventual three-act performed opera film by artist Lisa Harris that considers gentrification, displaced youth, and metaphysical reality in the historic Third Ward District of Houston.
From 1 to 5 pm, visitors have the last chance to catch i [love] america and america [loves] me, a group exhibition at BOX 13 ArtSpace (6700 Harrisburg). The show features work by Alex Podesta, Brooke Pickett, Claire Rau, Cristina Molina, Cynthia Scott, Jamie Solock, Jessie Vogel, John Isiah Walton, Jonathan Traviesa, Kelly Mueller, Kevin Baer, Lee Deigaard, Madeleine Wieand, Patch Somerville, Patrick Coll, Robyn Leroy-Evans, Ryn Wilson, and Vanessa Centeno and the exhibition examines “the role of art and artists under the unfolding volatility of the Trump administration.”