This week draws an array of opening receptions, from an exhibition at The Menil Collection by London-based artist Mona Hatoum to three new exhibitions at the Galveston Arts Center.

Wednesday, October 11

Opening Reception — Eyes of the Storm: HCC’s Visual Art Response to Hurricane Harvey at Houston Community College Central Art Gallery

From 6 to 8 pm, Houston Community College (3517 Austin) will host the opening reception for Eyes of the Storm, a collaborative exhibition of visual art reflecting the experiences of HCC art students, faculty and staff during Hurricane Harvey. The exhibition encompasses the work of artists young and old, native Texans and immigrants, professional artists and amateurs alike. Featuring interviews with participants, a video installation, and oral histories of the catastrophe that affected thousands of Houstonians, the work is arranged according to the various locations of each participant within the city. The exhibition will be on view at HCC Central’s Art Gallery through November 1.

Friday, October 13

Ron Ulicny, “Raison No. 121.” Courtesy of Cindy Lisica Gallery

Opening Reception — Ron Ulicny: Raison d’être at Cindy Lisica Gallery

From 6 to 8:30 pm, Cindy Lisica Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Austin-based artist Ron Ulicny’s solo exhibition Raison d’être. The exhibition features a number of Ulicny’s signature sculptures, using carefully selected and skillfully manipulated materials to convey the inner workings of his mind, this time fabricated from galvanized steel ducting. The exhibition will be on view through November 11.

Opening Reception — Shannon Cannings and Corey Pickett: FREEZE! at Anya Tish Gallery

From 6 to 8:30 pm, Anya Tish Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for FREEZE!, a two-person exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by Shannon Cannings and soft sculptures by Corey Pickett. Through the lens of their own race and gender, the artists question the role of guns in our society to promote the re-evaluation of current gun legislation. The gallery will host a walkthrough and Q&A with the artists on Saturday at 1 pm and the exhibition will be on view through November 11.

Opening Reception — Andrea Bianconi: Drawing at Barbara Davis Gallery

From 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Barbara Davis Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the opening reception for Drawing, a solo exhibition by Italian artist Andrea Bianconi. The exhibition includes drawings, sculpture, and a large-scale site-specific installation of wall drawings, as well as a performance by the artist, I Wing, at 7:30 pm on the evening of the opening. Bianconi presents new works through the use of symbols and constructs imaginative landscapes composed of obsessive marks that symbolize direction and movement. The exhibition will be on view through November 11.

Opening Reception — Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma at The Menil Collection

From 7 to 9 pm, The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross) will host the public reception for London-based artist Mona Hatoum’s exhibition Terra Infirma, her first major solo exhibition in the United States in two decades. Addressing the increasing sentiment of uneasiness in the modern world, the show unites a group of the artist’s major sculptures and installations from American and European collections. Organized by Menil’s senior curator Michelle White, the exhibition “focuses on Hatoum’s investigation of the uncanny as embraced by the Surrealists at the beginning of the 20th century.” The exhibition will be on view in The Menil Collection’s Main Building through February 25, 2018.

Saturday, October 14

Brian Ellison, “Perseverance,” 2016. Courtesy of Project Row Houses

Opening Reception — Round 47: The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward at Project Row Houses

From 4 to 7 pm, Project Row Houses (2521 Holman) presents the opening reception for Round 47: The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward. A coalition of churches, nonprofits, business owners, artists, and residents formed the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC) in 2015, and since its founding, the EEDC has developed a rigorous set of strategies for revitalizing and protecting the historic neighborhood of the Third Ward while preserving its rich African American culture. The Act of Doing focuses on questions posed by the EEDC — questions of place, displacement, ownership, and creative community organizing — while also documenting its formation and primary impact on the community through a timeline installation and an interactive space capturing the stories left behind during the gentrification process. In addition to the opening, there will be an artist talk at 3 pm as well as a market with vendors and performers from the Third Ward and communities across Houston. The exhibition will be on view through February 11, 2018.

Opening Reception — Giovanni Valderas: Tradecraft at Galveston Arts Center

From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand) is hosting the opening reception for Tradecraft, a solo exhibition by Dallas native Giovanni Valderas. Drawing from his culture, history and origins to craft three-dimensional mixed-media works that address the relationships with his Guatamalan, Mexican and American ancestry. Valderas’ new work addresses issues with gentrification in Spanish speaking communities and incorporates elements of the piñata with idiomatic phrases. The exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery through November 19.

Regina Agu, “Sea Change,” 2017. Photo by Alex Barber, courtesy of Project Row Houses

Opening Reception — Regina Agu: Sea Change at Galveston Arts Center

From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center will host the opening reception for Sea Change, an exhibition by Houston-based artist Regina Agu. The artist explores representations of the physical and historical landscape as well as narratives related to language, history, and representation, and their intersections in contemporary ideas around landscape and communities of color. The exhibition, which is a speculative commentary on climate change, the tourism industry, environmental justice, and interrelated economies, will be on view in the 1878 Gallery through November 19.

Opening Reception — Christie Blizard: Wanting to not want at Galveston Arts Center

From 6 to 9 pm, Galveston Arts Center will host the opening reception for Wanting to not want, an exhibition by Christie Blizard. The artist presents work from her ongoing project in which the artist holds up text paintings on The Today Show and Good Morning America, effectively testing the boundaries of free speech in America. The project has gained national attention, and for her exhibition, Blizard presents a new series of text paintings, video projections and still images taken from appearances during the summer of 2017. During the opening reception, Blizard will perform as Matt Lauer, host of The Today Show. The exhibition will be on view in the Brown Foundation Gallery through November 11.