This week presents a number of unique arts events, including a workshop at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and opening receptions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and BLUEorange Contemporary.

Thursday, August 17

Tina Modotti, “Woman of Tehuantepec,” c. 1929

Gallery Talk — Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

From 2 to 2:45 pm, join The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet) for a docent-led tour of Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950. The exhibition charts the development of modern art in Mexico and the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped it over the course of nearly half a century. Featuring more than 175 works — including prints, photographs, books, newspapers, easel paintings, large-scale portable murals, and mural fragments — this free tour gives in-depth insights into the sprawling exhibition, which is on view through October 1.

Craft Social on Third Thursdays: Design Challenge at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

From 6 to 8 pm, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main), along with TXRX Labs, is hosting their Craft Social, a night of making and exploring contemporary craft over conversation and refreshments. For this month’s social, patrons will be able to explore nontraditional design in art, inspired by the furniture on view in our current exhibition Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions. Guests will be able to test their design skills by working in a team of up to four people to create a small structure using unconventional materials.

Friday, August 18

Performance — Speakeasy feat. Whole Wide Water at Lawndale Art Center

Starting at 7 pm, Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) presents the latest installment of their Speakeasy series, this time featuring Houston’s Whole Wide Water, an ongoing collaboration between writer Lindsay Kayser and multidisciplinary artist Anthony Barilla. The project, which spans 20 years, features a narrative is set in the dystopian future. Previous and ongoing projects include handmade books of nursery rhymes, the creation of a new cosmology and its attendant mythologies, and the composition of songs for an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Post-show entertainment will be provided by Houston’s A.S.S., an accordion and drum quartet that plays new arrangements of classic Lou Reed, Beyoncé and Bon Jovi songs.

Opening Reception — Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

From 6:30 to 9 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Annabeth Rosen’s Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. In addition to her ceramic works, the exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. Rosen’s works are composed through painstaking and obsessive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into conversations about “endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration.” The exhibition will be on view in the Brown Foundation Gallery through November 26.

Saturday, August 19

Annabeth Rosen, “Bunny,” 2011

Walk Through — In Conversation: Artist Annabeth Rosen and Valerie Cassel Oliver at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

From 2 to 3 pm, artist Annabeth Rosen will discuss her current retrospective exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston with organizing curator Valerie Cassel Oliver. As Rosen’s first major survey covering 20 years of work, the artist and curator will lead patrons through the gallery and explore themes and elements of her exhibition with a Q&A session to follow.

Opening Reception — Scene Shift | Side Piece: Selected Works at BLUEorange Contemporary

From 7 to 10 pm, BLUEorange Contemporary (1208 West Gray) will host a curated collection of works by employees of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the upcoming exhibition Scene Shift | Side Piece: Selected Works. Jurored by Ken General, the exhibition will highlight the exceptional talents behind the museum’s walls. Artists include Terry Andrews, Melissa Aytenfisu, James Batt, Kenneth James Beasley, Dale Benson, Rebecca Braziel, Joseph B. Cowart, Michael Crowder, Curtis Gannon, Matthew Glover, Nerissa Gomez, Sarah Gutierrez, Robert Kimberly, Emily Link, Hayley McSwain, Will Michels, Ole Petersen, Faith Pruneda, Adair Stephens, Jason Storrs and Wayne Wright. The exhibition will be on view through September 1.