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1. Jennifer May Reiland: 13 Arenas
Guerrero Projects | Through November 11
Our top gallery pick this month, native Houstonian (and current NYC resident) Jennifer May Reiland has knocked it out of the park with this jam-packed, ornery new body of work. Expect a cast of characters, including Princess Di appearing multiple times in various recognizable outfits, circling a bull ring, working out society‘s various ills with knife-edged humor and a (tasteful) bit of gore. Warning: These are not your grandma‘s watercolors.
2. Trenton Doyle Hancock: TEXAS: 1997–2017
The Gallery Formerly Known As Rice Gallery | Through November 17
After Art League Houston was flooded during Harvey, Rice University went all deux ex machina
on everyone and stepped in to host the Art League‘s brilliant fall show, a celebration of
20 years of Trenton Doyle Hancock‘s work. The result, in the beautiful, glass-fronted diorama
space that used to be Rice Gallery, is an elegant installation of painted wall text and framed
works that pays homage to the space‘s history as a place for installation art. This tight selection
of Hancocks massive oeuvre, featuring drawings, prints, sketchbooks and sculptures,
doesn‘t disappoint. Not to be missed.
3. re/thinking photography: Conceptual Photography from Texas
FotoFest | October 20 –November 25
Houston Center for Photography | October 27 – December 3
Featuring more than 15 Texas – based photographers, re/thinking photography is a biennial
exhibition organized by FotoFest and the Houston Center for Photography. Spread out
between the two venues, the show includes Houston standbys like the artistic duo MANUAL
[Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill], along with fresh out-of-town faces like Austin photographer
Bucky Miller. Centered around the re-framing (no pun intended!) of photography, the pieces
in the show promise to provide new ways to consider the static image.
4. Tensile Strength
The Silos on Sawyer | October 21–December 2
Sculpture Month Houston is back with their second round of artists installing works in the city‘s now-defunct Success Rice grain silos. Still very much a rough and nontraditional space, the building‘s soaring towers make artists‘ installations take on a whole new feel – last year’s show saw Sharon Kopriva‘s crypt-like still lifes adjacent to the flowing floral wonderland of Janice Freeman. In a space where artists have the option to completely transform their surroundings, anything is possible.
5. Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star
Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University | Through January 13, 2018
Also at Rice, the Moody Center for the Arts is hosting a blockbuster exhibition of paintings,
photographs, collages and prints by Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas. Using glitter, rhinestones
and out-of-date patterns, Thomas‘ portraits intend to break down assumptions about
women (particularly Black women) in our society. It‘s a fearless show, the highlight of which
is a tableau1970s-style living room that Thomas has constructed using vintage fabric. Don‘t
miss the video of her mother that‘s playing on the TV.