Hellen Ascoli, “Encuentro” (detail)

This week presents an array of events, including a discussion at DiverseWorks and a number of exhibition openings at Lawndale Art Center, BOX 13 ArtSpace, Moody Gallery and more.

Thursday, March 16

Opening Reception — Gael Stack: Untitled (Tinies) at Moody Gallery

From 5 to 7 pm, Moody Gallery (2815 Colquitt) is hosting the opening reception for Gael Stack’s solo exhibition Untitled (Tinies). The exhibition, which includes 16 new oil paintings on paper, features works that use fragments of words and images, creating a visual language that explores the past and present, the known and unknown. The exhibition will be on view through April 13.

Discussion — Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way at DiverseWorks

From 6 to 8 pm, Diverseworks (3400 Main) is hosting a conversation with curator Rachel Cook, Evan McCarley, Theresa Escobedo and Jennifer Traina-Dorge. The discussion, called “Walking and Talking Around Architecture, Sculpture and Female Body,” will revolve around Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe’s exhibition Only in Your Way, which features site-specific sculptural works, installation and a live durational performance. The final live performances will take place from noon to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday prior to the show’s closing this weekend.

Friday, March 17

Opening Receptions — 2017 CORE Exhibition, Denise Liebl: Hold and Una piedra y la lluvia (One Stone and the Rain) at Lawndale Art Center

From 6 to 8 pm, Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) is hosting opening receptions for three exhibitions. The acclaimed CORE Program at Glassell School of Art at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a culminating exhibition and yearbook for the year’s residents. The exhibition features work by artists-in-residence Tsuyoshi Anzai, Adam Crosson, Shana Hoehn, Yue Nakayama, Sondra Perry, Felipe Steinberg and Kenneth Tam, with critics-in-residence Taraneh Fazeli, Ruslana Lictzier and Laura A.L. Wellen. Denise Liebl’s exhibition Hold presents a series of new monoprints, with each work beginning as a graphite monoprint and reworked with graphite, watercolor and pencil. Una piedra y la lluvia (One Stone and the Rain), curated by Laura A.L. Wellen, presents works by Hellen Ascoli, Manuel Chavajay Morales, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, and Julio Serrano Escheverría. The exhibition pairs the natural environment with the politics of contemporary life in Guatemala. The exhibitions will be on view through April 22.

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Orna Feinstein, “Tree Dynamics #144”

Opening Reception — Orna Feinstein: Asherah at Anya Tish Gallery

From 6 to 8:30 pm, Anya Tish Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Houston-based artist Orna Feinstein’s exhibition Asherah. The exhibition features new multi-dimensional monoprints and large-scale installation by the Israel-born artist. “Feinstein’s process-oriented work draws heavily from the inherent geometry found within nature, most notably trees, and the idea that each tree and its forms are as unique as the prints she produces.” The exhibition will be on view through April 15.

Opening Reception — Natural Flexibility at Cindy Lisica Gallery

From 6 to 8:30 pm, Cindy Lisica Gallery (4411 Montrose) is hosting the opening reception for the group exhibition Natural Flexibility. The exhibition, which features a diverse selection of artists “combining innovative material processes with an investigation of human interaction,” features sculptural works by Sarika Goulatia, Felipe Lopez, Shang-Yi Hua and Anthony Suber. The exhibition will be on view through April 15.

Saturday, March 18

Last Chance — Pocket Museum at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Saturday is the last day to catch the group exhibition Pocket Museum at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main). The exhibition highlights the contemporary craft miniatures and features five artists — Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn and Marco Terenzi — working in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal and wood.

Opening Reception — Sandy Ewen: Photograms at Civic TV Laboratories

From 5 to 9:30 pm, Civic TV Laboratories (2010 Commerce, Unit B) is hosting the opening reception for Photograms, a solo exhibition by Sandy Ewen. Ewen employs a wide range of camera-less photography techniques, including using slide projectors, multiple exposures, plants, feathers, lenses, water and melted plastics to explore silver gelatin printmaking. The reception runs from 5 to 7 pm, with musical performances by Ewen and Lisa Cameron, Ryan Edwards and John Kennedy, and a special guest taking place until 9:30 pm.

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Ryder Richards, “Indicator”

Opening Reception — Ryder Richards: There’s no “I” in “Win” at BLUEorange Contemporary

From 6 to 9 pm, BLUEorange Contemporary (1208 West Gray) is hosting the opening reception for Ryder Richards’ solo exhibition There’s no “I” in “Win.” “Richards considers the ideological stance of social signaling through truck modification, hunting, and divisive partisan language. Cautionary, ironic and reflective, the work draws from his practice in precarious labor politics and consumer-grade authority and power.” The exhibition will be on view through April 14.

Opening Receptions — Jill Bedgood: Soliloquy, Rachel Fischer: Low Tide, and Mirror, Mirror: Mockingly Minute at BOX 13 ArtSpace

From 7 to 9 pm, BOX 13 ArtSpace (6700 Harrisburg) is hosting opening receptions for three exhibitions. Jill Bedgood’s Soliloquy relates to personal events such as “loss of relationships and death of a sibling, illness and medical intervention, caregiving, and restorative mending.” Rachel Fischer’s Low Tide transforms the space’s front window into an environment that “offers a visual stream of consciousness that wavers between the ethereal and the physical.” Finally, Mirror, Mirror: Mockingly Minute, curated by Yma Luis, presents seven artists examining the idea of imitation from objects to people, “toying with the idea of Plato’s argument of Mimesis.” All three exhibitions will be on view through April 22.