into the midst of things
3400 Main Street, Suite 292 | 713.223.8346
Performance, drawing and writing are each about mark-making. The bodily gesture in a performance carries with it a historical trace and movement knowledge, the linear gestures of drawing leave physical marks on a surface, and writing can be thought of as a form of drawing with language. into the midst of things brings together three artists – Regina Agu, ruby onyinyechi amanze and Wura-Natasha Ogunji – who are truly invested in mark-making in all of its forms to offer complex counterpoints to dominant cultural and historical narratives. The exhibition title refers to in media res, a literary term that describes a narrative that begins somewhere in the middle of the action. Through July 22.
Children’s Museum of Houston
Cum Yah Gullah: Inspiring Songs. Candid Folktales. African Heritage Preserved.
1500 Binz | 713.522.1138 | www.cmhouston.org
Buried deep within the American tale lies the story of the Gullah. A vivid and fertile culture where the sounds of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore“ flow through the salty air and clever little Br’er Rabbit taught the world brains are as good as might. The roots of these mysterious, pleasant pieces of folklore can be traced back to Gullah, a West African culture that survived the hardships of slavery and remained almost unscathed until the 1950s when the Sea Islands were connected to mainstream America through bridges. Now, the Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) is reviving the arts and practices of the Gullah people in a reinvented, powerful exhibit, titled Cum Yah Gullah.
Museum of Fine Arts
Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish
1001 Bissonnet | 713.639.7300 | www.mfah.org
This summer, the MFAH continues its series of grand-scale, immersive exhibitions. Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish brings together two mesmerizing works newly acquired by the Museum. Under the direction of the artist, these light-based and video-based installations transform the vast, central gallery of Cullinan Hall into a cosmic journey through time and space. Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (born 1962) has been among contemporary art’s chief innovators since the mid-1980s, working at the forefront of video and digital imagery. Pixel Forest, created in collaboration with lighting designer Kaori Kuwabara, is among Rist’s newest works, consisting of thousands of hanging LED lights, each controlled by a video signal so that the “forest” is constantly changing. Through September 17.