This week brings in a number of unique arts events, including opening receptions at Sicardi Gallery and Civic TV Laboratories and discussions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Blaffer Art Museum.
Thursday, September 28
Starting at 4:15 pm, Blaffer Art Museum (4173 Elgin) will present a screening of Ho Chi Minh City-based artist collective The Propeller Group’s AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, a feature-length montage edited together from various sources, including Hollywood films, promotional videos, documentaries, news footage and YouTube clips. Portrayed as storied rivals, the story’s main characters are the AK-47 and the M16, historically used by opposing forces in the Vietnam-American War, illustrated through these varied clips.
From 6 to 8 pm, Sicardi Gallery (1506 W. Alabama) hosts the opening reception for Crystals of Inevidence, a solo exhibition by Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora. The exhibition, which features 13 recent works, highlights the textural nature and monochromatic dynamic of de la Mora’s pieces. The exhibition will be on view through October 19.
Friday, September 29
From noon to 1 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston invites Houston-based artist and University of Houston professor Paul Kittelson will discuss Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, a survey of work by ceramicist Annabeth Rosen, currently on view at the museum. Kittelson will discuss his interest in materials and processes of creating work, focusing on clay as one of the most primary of mediums.
At 5:30 pm, the Blaffer Art Museum presents a free talk by Lan Duong, Professor in the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Duong will discuss the past and present modes of a national Vietnamese cinema, exploring the many facets of art, politics and cinema that mark the cultural landscape of postwar Vietnam. The talk is in conjunction with the institution’s current exhibition by Vietnamese collective The Propeller Group, which closes on September 30.
From 6 to 9 pm, Rice Gallery (6100 Main) will host the opening reception for Art League Houston‘s 2017 Texas Artist of the Year Exhibition, presenting Texas: 1997-2017 by Trenton Doyle Hancock, one of the most celebrated and influential contemporary artists in the state. Focusing on his work from the last two decades, during which time he has lived and worked in Texas, the exhibition features more than 50 works in a variety of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture and printmaking. Highlighting a cross-section of materials and textures, the exhibition serves to follow Hancock’s significant development as an artist, both in his dynamic and his practice. The exhibition will be on view through November 17.
Saturday, September 30
From 11 am to 1 pm, Hiram Butler Gallery (4520 Blossom) will host the closing reception for Prints, a solo exhibition from artist Matt Magee. Although his previous exhibitions have revolved around his painting, sculpture, drawing or photography, this marks Magee’s first exhibition solely dedicated to the artist’s graphic output. With his series of contemporary prints, Magee’s exhibition showcases his impressive mastery of various mediums.
From 6 to 10 pm, Civic TV Laboratories (2108 Freeman) presents the opening reception for Double Action Reversible, a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Domokos and Ciriza. The exhibition chronicles a year-long collaboration between the two artists in print, video, sculpture, installation and photography, and the event marks the grand opening of Civic TV’s new location. Domokos is known for his riffs on goth and industrial subculture and sexual taboo, juxtaposed with Ciriza’s ritualistic performances that evoke the primordial. There will be an open bar and dinner with the artists beginning at 6 pm.