Liz Hickok, “Experiment in Plexi Cube” and “Experiment with Model Tree.” 

This weekend brings in an array of can’t-miss events, including artist talks, a unique performance by Sandy Ewen’s all-female ensemble at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel and opening receptions at Capsule Gallery, Matchbox Gallery and Deborah Colton Gallery.

Friday, February 17

Opening Reception — Liz Hickok and Shiyuan Xu: Experiments in Form and Fiction at Capsule Gallery

From 6 to 8 pm, Capsule Gallery (3909 Main) will host the opening reception for the two person exhibition Experiments in Form and Fiction with works by photographer Liz Hickok and ceramicist Shiyuan Xu. Hickok’s photographic series, Sets and Tests, documents the uncertain and organic formations of crystals as they grow and morph in unusual ways, and Xu presents carefully built structures that are transformed with materials that drip, grow and alter the underlying object. The exhibition will be on view through April 1.

Performance — Red Currant at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel at The Menil Collection

From 7 to 8 pm, The Menil Collection is hosting a performance by Sandy Ewen’s all-female ensemble, who will present a suite of vocal and movement-based pieces inspired by Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project, the current exhibition at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (4011 Yupon). Called Red Currant for this performance, the group interprets concepts such as repetition, recycling and variation.

Opening Reception — Hayden Right: ABC etc. at Matchbox Gallery

From 7 to 11 pm, Rice University’s Matchbox Gallery (6100 Main) will host the opening reception for Hayden Right’s installation, ABC etc. The work consists of 26 works on paper which present new iterations of each letter of the Roman English alphabet, created of flatted, unfragmented orange peels and flattening them. The reception will also feature performances by Robert Pearson and John Kennedy.

Saturday, February 18

Artist Talk — International Discoveries VI at FotoFest

From 2 to 3 pm, FotoFest (2000 Edwards) is hosting a discussion with artists from International Discoveries VI, an exhibition that highlights 13 artists from Asia, Latin America and the United States whose works have been “discovered” by FotoFest curators at international and US photography events and artist studios across the globe. Artists Tad Beck, Paola Dávila, Qian Jin, Jung A Kim, Hyunmoo Lee and René Peña will be present for the discussion. International Discoveries VI will be on view through March 18.

Artist Talk — Peter Brown: High Plains Song at Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery

From 3 to 5 pm, Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery will host a talk by presenting artist Peter Brown as part of the programming for his 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. The exhibition will be on view through March 11.

Opening Reception — Fadi Yazigi: Still Life… Still Alive… Still a Life… at Deborah Colton Gallery

From 6 to 8 pm, Deborah Colton Gallery (2445 North Boulevard) will host the opening reception for Still Life… Still Alive… Still a Life…, a solo exhibition by Syrian artist Fadi Yazigi that features paintings, drawings and sculpture. “Yazigi uses his thoughts and findings as the starting point for a new, landmark, mixed-media installation of works that juxtapose still life, or figures in black ink, reflecting the artist’s documented observation that there are times when we are all motionless, be it planned or a random act, yet we are still breathing, thinking, living and even creating art.” The exhibition will be on view through March 25.