This week presents a number of unique arts events, including an artist workshop at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, a Buddhist sand painting event at the Asia Society Texas Center, and exhibitions at Private Eye and Project Row Houses.
Starting on Thursday, Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loesling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting and perform special ceremonies at the Asia Society Texas Center (1370 Southmore). The ritual involves painstakingly laying grains of sand to create a colorful mandala painting to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The opening ceremony at noon on Thursday will feature a ritual of chanting, music and mantra recitation, and the monks will craft the work through Sunday with hours between noon and 6 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The closing ceremony takes place at 3 pm on Sunday when the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the sand to represent the impermanence of life.
Thursday, August 10
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.
From 6 to 8 pm, Project Row Houses (2521 Holman) will host a series of presentations from the institution’s 2017 Summer Studios residents. The resident artists, who hail from local colleges and universities, have been occupying the Art Houses on Holman as studio spaces and will share their experiences about learning the tenets of Project Row Houses’ approach to art, community engagement and direct action.
Friday, August 13
From 7:30 to 11 pm, Private Eye (1540 Telephone) will host their grand opening and reception for Along Orange Marmalade, an exhibition featuring works by B Anele, Lindsea Varisco and Ellen Phillips. Each of the young Texas-based artists works on a multi-medium scale and each presents works based in sculpture, painting, technology and performance.
Saturday, August 12
On Saturday, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) is hosting two workshops with JooYoung Choi, one of the artists featured in the museum’s exhibition A Better Yesterday. The hands-on workshop invites patrons to explore making creatures, building a world for your character, and creating a narrative. There will be workshops from 11 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 4 pm with $20 admission.
From 3 to 5 pm, head to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main) the for Sip & Shop with current resident artists Rebecca Hewitt and Jessica Andersen. Enjoy complimentary bites and drinks while shopping the collections of both jewelers’ most recent works as part of Asher Gallery’s monthly featured artist program, and learn more about the studio practices and techniques that give life to each artist’s work.
Summer Studios 2017 Opening + Community Market at Project Row Houses
From 4 to 7 pm, join Project Row Houses for the opening of the 2017 Summer Studios featuring seven resident artists that have spent six weeks in the institution’s program. Under the mentorship of fellows Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou, the residents create and exhibit work that responds to, engages with or reflects the Third Ward community. In addition to the opening, the showcase the Third Ward Community Market, bringing in an array of artists and small businesses to sell their wares from noon to 5 pm.