MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
David Levinthal: Photographs 1972–2016
5601 Main St. | 713.639.7300 | www.mfah.org
New York–based photographer David Levinthal uses staged photographs of toys and other everyday objects to bring viewers face-to-face with themes central to American history, identity and consciousness. David Levinthal: Photographs 1972–2016 provides a rich overview of the artist’s work. Through the iconography of mass-produced toys, dolls, and figurines, Levinthal’s photographs have probed the myth of the American West; World War II and the
Holocaust; romantic and sexual desire; racial stereotyping; the heroism of sport; and the futuristic fantasy of space exploration. The images range from intimately scaled prints to large 20-by-24-inch Polaroids to monumental inkjet prints.
Through February 19.
ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER
Zheng Chongbin: Clusters of Memory
1370 Southmore Blvd. | 713.496.9901 | www.asiasociety.org/texas
Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from earlier forms of Asian ink art. Zheng’s works examine themes of time and memory, and their cumulative effects on both humanity and the natural world. In his first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, Zheng will be presenting paintings and for the first time, a large, multiplanar video sculpture
installation which responds to the unique architecture of Asia Society Texas Center as a larger macrocosm.
Through July 8.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft
4848 Main St. | 713.529.4848 | www.crafthouston.org
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft, featuring Michael Crowder and Julia Maria Künnap, two artists who use surrealist strategies and references in their work. The exhibition offers a series of puzzling and beautiful objects made from cast glass, fine metals and gemstones, along with nontraditional materials like ash and soap, to highlight the unexpected relationship between Surrealism and craft.
Through April 15.