Illustration by German Arellano
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Message in a Bottle
5555 Hermann Park Dr. | 713.639.4629 | www.hmns.org
Throughout history, the message in a bottle phenomenon makes many appearances; Greek water current studies, Japanese epics, Poe, Dickens and the rock band, The Police. This exhibit continues the tradition, capturing the zeitgeist of the message in a bottle through American eyes. No single artist is featured, but the personal voices of everyday Americans are on display in this rare collection of messages found in bottles along the Mississippi River and other U.S. rivers.
Through May 13.
MOODY CENTER FOR THE ARTS/RICE UNIVERSITY
Josiah McElheny: Island Universe
6100 Main St. | 713.348.ARTS | www.moody.rice.edu
Island Universe is a monumental installation of five hanging sculptures inspired by the multiverse scenario of eternal inflation, an extension of the big bang theory. Made of chromed metal, transparent handblown glass, and light, the structures are modeled on an iconic mid-century design object: the chandeliers of the Metropolitan Opera in New York
made by J. & L. Lobmeyr in Vienna in 1965. Each sculpture pictures a different potential universe where their spheres represent clusters of galaxies and their lights evoke quasars – the brightest objects in the universe – all carefully placed according to measurements marking the history of time.
Through June 2.
HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
Christopher Knowles: In a Word
4848 Main St. | 713.529.4848 | www.crafthouston.org
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present Christopher Knowles: In a Word. Christopher Knowles is regarded as a poet and painter, yet his output is broader than this suggests. This exhibition, his most comprehensive to date, spans many mediums – text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance – including pieces made in collaboration with esteemed theater director Robert Wilson.
Through March 25.