Your Presence Is Required: The Hidden Agenda
Taka Nonaka-Hill, “Untitled (Kyoto, 12-27),” 2013 (detail)
This week presents site-specific performances at DiverseWorks and a celebration of International Women’s Day at Rothko Chapel, as well as exhibition openings at Art Palace, Jonathan Hopson, Inman Gallery and more.
Tuesday, March 7
Opening Reception — In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City at Rice Media Center
From 6 to 8 pm, Rice Media Center (6100 Main) is hosting the opening reception for In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City, an exhibition of photography and prints created over a period of six years by Houston-area schoolchildren. The project was led by acclaimed Houston photographer and Rice University professor of visual arts and photography Geoff Winningham and his wife Janice Freeman. “The 132 students from Houston-area schools who participated in the project — 43% Hispanic, 30% Anglo, 16% African American, and 11% Asian — mirror the diversity of Houston’s population and lend insight into the changing vision of our cities and our nation.” The exhibition will be on view through March 31.
Wednesday, March 8
Twilight Meditation for International Women’s Day at Rothko Chapel
Beginning at 5:30 pm, the Rothko Chapel (3900 Yupon) will host a Twilight Meditation in honor of International Women’s Day, focusing on the unique challenges facing displaced refugee women throughout the world, starting with a musical performance by Mohammad Sheikh Horo. At 6 pm, Rev. Hannah Atkins from Trinity Episcopal will lead prayers and meditation. At 6:30 pm, Asinja Badeel and Chole Krane will speak on the challenges and opportunities faced by displaced women, and Wafa Abdin, Vice President of Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities, will provide information on resources for assisting and advocating for refugees.
Thursday, March 9
Opening Reception — Linarejos Moreno: Art Forms in Mechanism at Inman Gallery
From 6 to 8 pm, Inman Gallery (3901 Main) is hosting the opening reception for a solo exhibition from Linarejos Moreno, Art Forms in Mechanism. The exhibition features a series of photographs printed on burlap, as well as several large-scale inkjet prints, all of 19th century botanical models. The exhibition began when Moreno discovered 19th century botanical models while researching a Spanish historical archive, which attracted her because, as she says, “they contained the tension between the industrial and the humanity/fragility that I often research in my work.” The exhibition will be on view through April 15.
Opening Reception — Raychael Stine: Higher Love and Rene Cruz at Art Palace
From 6 to 8 pm, Art Palace (3913 Main) is hosting the opening receptions for Higher Love, a solo exhibition from Raychael Stine, as well as for Rene Cruz’s drawings in the project gallery. As Stine’s third solo exhibition at Art Palace, Higher Love presents “paintings born out of the moments when we are present enough to witness the love of the world.” Cruz’ works on paper “function as puzzles with familiar features, skewed just enough to provoke a neurological phenomenon.” The exhibition will be on view through April 15.
Friday, March 10
Opening Reception — Your Presence Is Required at Zoya Tommy Gallery
From 6 to 8 pm, Zoya Tommy Gallery (4102 Fannin) is hosting the opening reception for the group exhibition Your Presence is Required. The exhibition features a performance curated by Daniela Antelo and recent works by Elise Weber, Kyla Crawford, James Radcliffe and Gil Rocha. ” The exhibition is based around the performance titled “Better On The Outside” by Antelo which compliments the works surrounding it. As a collective the artists explore the subject matter of fabric, texture, and the female form.” The exhibition, which also features an opening reception on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, will be on view through April 8.
Saturday, March 11
Closing Reception — Andy Grotfeldt: Ode To Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at Civic TV Laboratories
From 1 to 4 pm, Civic TV Laboratories (2010 Commerce, Unit B) is hosting the closing reception for Andy Grotfeldt’s solo exhibition Ode To Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. The exhibition features an impressive array of small paintings, drawings and sculptures that “appropriate the peculiar kitsch of sports paraphernalia marketed to children through starkly existential and obsessive mark-making ponderings on the monuments to self we build as trophies to combat mortality.”
Performance — Listen Around Your Way at DiverseWorks
Starting at 6 pm, DiverseWorks (3400 Main) is presenting Listen Around Your Way, a collaborative sound performance that uses the architecture of the MATCH building as a site and stage for a series of solo and collective sounds. “Performers will be stationed in multiple locations around the outdoor breezeway, some traveling along a looped pathway. Performers include Sandy Ewen, Rebecca Novak, Andrew Durham, Megan Easley, Danny Kamins, Austin Lewellen, Mlee Mains and Emily Tisdel.
Closing Reception — Peter Brown: High Plains Song at Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery
From 5 to 7 pm, Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery (1836 Richmond) will host the closing reception for Peter Brown’s retrospective exhibition High Plains Song. The exhibition centers around his travels through the American High Plains, concentrating on the vastness of the landscape, unique people and the culture and towns of the region.
Sunday, March 12
Opening Reception — Toby Kamps and Taka Nonaka-Hill: slow-moving-eyes at Jonathan Hopson
From 2 to 5 pm, Jonathan Hopson (904 Marshall) will host the opening reception for Toby Kamps and Taka Nonaka-Hill’s exhibition slow-moving-eyes. The exhibition, which focuses on candid and street photography, features expertly captured moments in time, from Nonaka-Hill’s quietly poetic images to Kamps’ dynamic, emotional captures. The exhibition will be on view through April 16.