Visual Art

Grounding Study (Brick By Brick): A Community Brickmaking Workshop

Join us Saturday, June 22 from 10am-6pm for Grounding Study (Brick by Brick), a Community Brick Making Workshop in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town in the Fourth Ward.


Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10-6pm

Grass lot next to 1320 Robin St., Houston, TX 77019



Join us Saturday, June 22 from 10am-6pm for Grounding Study (Brick by Brick), a Community Brick Making Workshop in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town in the Fourth Ward. Together we will build bricks by hand using Texas clay and Buffalo Bayou sand left over from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Participants will also be able to write down their memories of the neighborhood and hopes for the future of Freedmen’s Town on pieces of paper, which will be incorporated into the clay. This process links past, present, and future histories of place and seeks to promote participation in the preservation of the brick streets in Freedmen’s Town, which are an invaluable asset to Houston. The finished bricks will be incorporated into plans for a Freedmen’s Town Visitors Center.



The brick streets in Freedmen’s Town National Register Historic Place are an important historic asset in Texas. In the early 1900s, the freedmen and their descendants petitioned for over six years to have bricks installed in their streets. The City refused permits unless a white company, Eureka Paving, was hired. Eureka hired brick installers who lived in Freedmen's Town and charged the community a steep price to pave their streets. Despite these conditions, the Freedmen's Town laborers worked together to pave their streets using brick patterns that originated from West African traditions.



This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.



This project was conceived by artist Elizabeth M. Webb in collaboration with artist Rick Lowe and planned in partnership with Charonda Johnson of Freedmen’s Town Association and the Freedmen’s Town Conservancy. Grounding Study (Brick by Brick) is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, the African American Library at the Gregory School, Mister Moonwalk and the Glassell Studio School.




For more information, contact:

Elizabeth M. Webb

elizabethmwebb@gmail.com


When:
Jun 22, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
10am-6pm FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.

A Musical Tribute

Community Artists' Collective

Visual artist and creative
consultant Mack Bishop’s newest 
exhibition opening at the Community Artists’ Collective celebrates Black
Music Month with paintings of the iconic musical figures who opened America’s
doors for all creatives of color.

 “A Musical Tribute,”
featuring portraits of Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Nipsey
Hustle, opens with a reception Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit,
curated by Dominic R. Clay, runs through June 29.

For the last two years, Bishop has taken a departure from
his core thesis work to explore new mediums and themes. As the experimental
phase continued, musical narratives began to develop. Bishop’s works are known
for his use of found objects and shattered glass incorporations while using
emotive spiritual motifs to strengthen his narrative. The current exhibition, “A
Musical Tribute,” holds true to this
same narrative while adding a few new materials.

Bishop’s
exhibition would not be complete without his signature sculpture. He will be
exhibiting two never-before-seen sculptural works from his new series titled
“Fragments of Muziki.”

Mack Bishop III has a BFA
from Texas Southern University and an MFA from Houston Baptist University,
specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art and film.

He says of his work,
"As an artist I understand that the legacy of my ancestors must dissolve
into a new purpose, undertaking an evolution of fragmented mending between the
conscious and subconscious mind."

The Collective is open during the exhibition Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.

When:
Jun 8, 2019 to Jun 29, 2019
The opening reception is Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:36 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Thursday Time & Price:
12:00pm, free
Friday Time & Price:
12:00pm, free
Saturday Time & Price:
12:00p.m.free
General Categories: 

A Musical Tribute


Visual artist and creative
consultant Mack Bishop’s newest 
exhibition opening at the Community Artists’ Collective celebrates Black
Music Month with paintings of the iconic musical figures who opened America’s
doors for all creatives of color.

 “A Musical Tribute,”
featuring portraits of Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Nipsey
Hustle, opens with a reception Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit,
curated by Dominic R. Clay, runs through June 29.

For the last two years, Bishop has taken a departure from
his core thesis work to explore new mediums and themes. As the experimental
phase continued, musical narratives began to develop. Bishop’s works are known
for his use of found objects and shattered glass incorporations while using
emotive spiritual motifs to strengthen his narrative. The current exhibition, “A
Musical Tribute,”
holds true to this
same narrative while adding a few new materials.

Bishop’s
exhibition would not be complete without his signature sculpture. He will be
exhibiting two never-before-seen sculptural works from his new series titled
“Fragments of Muziki.”

Mack Bishop III has a BFA
from Texas Southern University and an MFA from Houston Baptist University,
specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art and film.

He says of his work,
"As an artist I understand that the legacy of my ancestors must dissolve
into a new purpose, undertaking an evolution of fragmented mending between the
conscious and subconscious mind."

The Collective is open during the exhibition Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information contact The Collective at
713-523-1616 or visit 
www.thecollective.org.

When:
Jun 8, 2019
The opening reception is Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Thursday Time & Price:
12:00pm, free
Friday Time & Price:
12:00pm, free
Saturday Time & Price:
12:00p.m.free
General Categories: 

TIFF MASSEY: A DIFFERENT WORLD

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present "Tiff Massey: A Different World", a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith.

The first exhibition of Tiff Massey’s artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding. Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey’s diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture.

The exhibition focuses on the artist’s colossal steel sculptures of chains and rings, alongside intricately braided crimson neckpieces and accompanying portraits. Themes in the exhibition span cultural appropriation, authenticity, and the diasporic legacy of “bling.”  Guest curator and former HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, comments, “A Different World reflects the intersectional interests of Massey’s work in an immersive installation that emphasizes physical junctions and meeting points. Corners and thresholds in the gallery become potent spaces for her works, which themselves function as sites of critical dialogue about space, the body, and politics of race, class, and gender.”

Borrowing forms from iconic Dookie Rope chains and four-finger rings, Massey mines the use of jewelry as an element of early hip-hop culture, relating “bling” to a legacy of adornment that traces back to African nomadic tribes and royalty. Informed by the 1980s Detroit of her youth, a period that lauded black culture, bespoke jewelry, and ostentatious personal adornment, Massey recognizes visual and physical weight as a principal tenant of hip-hop jewelry, drawing attention to the wearer as well as reminding the wearer of the piece. She says, “Bling is audacious. It’s in your face. I’m using hip hop as a reference for the scale, for the weight of the work.” She learned to fabricate the illusion of weight in metal, using techniques like hollow-forming to achieve voluminous, architectural silhouettes in her jewelry. In her series, Everyday Arsenal (2018), she further emphasizes this weight, bringing her jewelry to a monumental scale through massive steel reproductions of rings she designed for each of her fingers.

Massey approaches her artistic output like a social scientist. She is interested in what happens when people are adorned, the ways in which jewelry causes people to hold themselves differently and more confidently, and how jewelry functions socially as a technology of belonging. Chains are potent cultural symbols and, in hip hop, can signify affiliation with music labels and organizations, with members collectively owning and wearing particular chains. Massey explores this symbolism in her monumental 18-foot sculpture, Facet (2010), in which diamond-shaped steel links, large enough for a person’s torso to fit through, are connected through an articulated chain. At this exaggerated scale, the artist explores how work can adorn landscape and speak to a community.

Massey is devoted to the exploration of material, in service of the conceptual themes that underpin her work. In her series, Je Ne Sais Coiff (ongoing), she applies African hair-braiding and coiling techniques to wool, jute, and rope to create necklaces informed by tribal hair designs affiliated with royalty and wealth. By accompanying this work with stark photographic portraits of the white women who are wearing these pieces, Massey effectively broaches topics of ownership, bodies and hair, the performance of identity, and cultural appropriation.

A Different World showcases Massey’s diverse, conceptual approach to material and presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience jewelry on a monumental scale, while exploring some of today’s most pressing social issues.

Tiff Massey: A Different World is curated by Sarah Darro.  The exhibition is supported in part by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

When:
Jun 1, 2019 to Sep 1, 2019
Parking is located behind the building on Travis St.
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

JUSTIN FAVELA: ALL YOU CAN EAT

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present “All You Can Eat,” a solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela.

 Featuring larger-than-life piñatas depicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne,” this site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is intended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latinx experience in the U.S.

HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall explains the central ideas behind Favela’s installation:  “Historically, food has been used as a powerful tool to unite people and to disarm adversaries. Through his work, Favela exposes the complex narratives found within the everyday meals people eat. His boisterously Texas-sized sculptures shed an absurd light on the dominant cultural narrative of Tex-Mex cuisine, and those who stake claim on its authenticity, to examine its complicated relationship to Latinx identity in the United States.”

As a queer, brown, first-generation American of Guatemalan and Mexican descent, Favela takes charge of his personal narrative by embracing the medium of the piñata, a craft practice that has a longstanding history in the Latinx community. By cutting strips of paper, known as papel china, the artist meticulously covers armatures made from everyday materials, such as cardboard, insulation, and Styrofoam to create his large-scale sculptures. His use of piñatas, which are common in many households, enables him to speak to issues related to popular culture and to the Latinx experience in an incredibly accessible way.

As co-host “FavyFav” of the podcast “Latinos Who Lunch” and host of “The Art People Podcast,” Favela creates a platform that supports queer people of color and calls attention to hierarchies set forth by Eurocentrism. Starting every episode by discussing their bond over a diverse selection of food, he and his LWL co-host, “Babelito,” aka curator and art historian, Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, critically address the problems that exist in a white-dominated society and seek to correct histories told from a colonialist viewpoint. Together, their voices challenge the status quo and empower others to speak up and make space for different perspectives.

Having exhibited in museums all over the country and abroad, Favela strives to tear down institutional barriers through his artwork and social practice. With All You Can Eat, he references the narratives of the Tejano people and raises awareness of issues related to cultural appropriation, while increasing the visibility of the Latinx community.

Justin Favela:  All You Can Eat is curated by HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall.

When:
Jun 1, 2019 to Sep 1, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Wednesday Time & Price:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
12:00 - 5:00 pm
General Categories: 

ARTIST TALK BY TIFF MASSEY

HCCC is pleased to present a talk by Tiff Massey in conjunction with her summer exhibition and first solo show in Texas, "Tiff Massey: A Different World".

Tiff Massey will give a brief overview of her work, influences, and multi-disciplinary artistic practice.

About Tiff Massey
Artist Tiff Massey’s oeuvre is expressed in mediums as varied as metal, fiber, wood, and performance and in scales as varied as monumental sculpture, wearable adornment, and immersive installation. The Detroit artist earned an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her work, despite its wide range, remains informed by jewelry—drawing from its cultural history, processes, techniques, and materials. Massey’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Craft in America in Los Angeles, Library Street Collective in Detroit, and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is the recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship, Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 Award, as well as the Best Time-Based Performance at SiteLab during Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In March of 2019, she was awarded the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant, the largest art jewelry cash award in the United States. Massey has also participated in international residencies including the Red Bull Arts Residency in Detroit, Ideas City hosted by The New Museum of New York, and the Volterra-Detroit Foundation in Italy.

When:
Jun 1, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
General Categories: 

LIVE PODCAST INTERVIEW: JUSTIN FAVELA & CHEF ALEX PADILLA

HCCC will kick off its new summer exhibition, Justin Favela: All You Can Eat, with a live taping of Justin Favela’s Art People Podcast, as Justin interviews Alex Padilla, Executive Chef of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation.

 In their discussion, Justin and Chef Alex will explore the history of Tex Mex and their relationships with this beloved cuisine, as well provide a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a chef.

As head chef of one of the most prominent Tex-Mex institutions in Houston, Chef Alex has a special relationship with the cuisine. A native of Honduras, Padilla moved to Houston as a teenager and was exposed to a commercial kitchen for the first time, after his mother, Maria, was hired by Mama Ninfa Laurenzo as a line cook at Ninfa’s. Later, after spending many years working with some of the best chefs in California, Padilla returned home to become executive chef at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. He has applied his fine-dining training and techniques to the restaurant’s classic Tex-Mex menu. The Original Ninfa’s was a James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant in 2019.

About Justin Favela
Known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. He holds a BFA in fine arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His installations have been commissioned by the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. His latest major project, Recuérdame, will be on view in New York City at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling until September 8th, 2019. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, Latinos Who Lunch and The Art People Podcast.  He is a 2019 recipient of the Nevada Humanities Rising Star Award.

About Chef Alex Padilla
Alex Padilla is Executive Chef of Legacy Restaurants, overseeing the kitchen at Houston’s iconic The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Antone’s Famous Po’Boys since 2006.  Padilla moved to San Francisco at age 19 and found work at L’Avenue restaurant under Nancy Oakes, one of America’s most celebrated chefs.  By 1993, he became Executive Sous Chef at Boulevard, Oakes’ James Beard winning American fine-dining restaurant in San Francisco. Padilla has had experience working alongside American culinary royalty, including the likes of Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Napa Valley), Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, San Francisco), Oakes’ husband Bruce Aidells (the “King of Sausages”, San Francisco), Susan Spicer (Bayona, New Orleans), and Emeril Lagasse (Emeril’s, New Orleans).

He has been featured on numerous national television programs at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, including NBC’s “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” Food Network’s “Comfort Food Tour,” Travel Channel’s “Zimmern List,” Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food,” and Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants: Best Mexican Food.” He won the national “Best Chef on the Block” competition on ABC’s “The Chew” in 2018. Under Padilla’s watch, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation was named “Best Restaurant in Texas” in a Southern Living reader poll in 2017.

This summer, Legacy Restaurants will open a second Original Ninfa’s location in the Uptown/Galleria area, along with a new fast-casual concept, Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas, in downtown Houston.

When:
May 31, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

HCCC SUMMER EXHIBITIONS RECEPTION

Please join HCCC to celebrate the opening of Justin Favela: "All You Can Eat", and "Tiff Massey: A Different World".

Please join HCCC to celebrate the opening of Justin Favela:  All You Can Eat, in the Main Gallery, and Tiff Massey:  A Different World, in the Front Gallery. The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer will be generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and delicious tacos from PAN de TACO food truck will be available for purchase.


When:
May 31, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

“MASTERS” A Solo Exhibition by KaDavien Baylor

www.baylorgallery.com

ARKA art space will be the host of “MASTERS” a solo exhibition by KaDavien Baylor. A “interactive” art show composed of pieces full of introspective, fun, and enlightening subject matter. Featuring live music from Violinist Dallas Williams and DJ Ezla and refreshments by Chef Yemi.

As a nationally recognized charcoal and abstract artist KaDavien is fascinated with studies of human action and power of thought. His work gracefully visualizes the truths and depths of the world through figurative presentation. The elements of highlights and shadows cause a hyper realism in his work in which differs from photo realism and brings light to his strenuous layering and blending process.

KaDavien received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University in which he developed a passion for the technical application of charcoal as main source of medium versus use as undertone for painting. His works have been featured in several group shows in Houston, TX and Louisiana

When:
Jun 7, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
Free
Location:
General Categories: 

Gao Hang: Surface or Skin and Suzette Mouchaty: Nudies in the Cube


Artists Reception: Friday,
June 14
,
6:00 - 8:30 PM

Exhibition
Catalog Available

 

Anya
Tish Gallery is thrilled to announce two solo exhibitions opening this summer:
Gao Hang, Surface or Skin and Suzette Mouchaty, Nudies in the Cube.
Utilizing their mediums, Hang - painting, Mouchaty - sculpture, both artists
create discourse, either concerning the impact of social media’s instant
gratification and image manipulation on our society or addressing the effects of
global warming on the environment.

 

Gao
Hang’s
quietly electric paintings of abstracted, reconfigured sharks
are rendered in multilayered fluorescent hues that the artist considers to be
the tones of his generation.
Evoking the postmodernist neo-pop movement, Hang uses subject
matter and color as a conceptual and structural armature and is able to tap
into the zeitgeist of the age of social media. His work intentionally engages
the aesthetics of the internet and our glowing digital devices in an effort to
compete for attention amongst the rapid viewing mechanics of the 21st century.  

 

Hang moved to Houston, Texas in
2015 from Beijing, China to attain an MFA in Painting from the University of
Houston. His work has been exhibited in numerous art venues, such as Art League
Houston, Houston, Texas; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas; Baoli World Trade
Center Expo, Guangzhou, China; Art Museum of Capital Normal University,
Beijing, China; and CICA Museum of Art, Gimpo, Korea. Hang published an artist
book, “Good Times Bad Times Give Me Some of That,” which gives a humorous insight
into the struggle of immigrating to the United States.

 

Suzette
Mouchaty’s

nudibranch series is composed of three human-scale sculptures representing
giant marine slugs that are made from coated hand-carved Styrofoam. The forms
are stylized, emphasizing the smooth rounded curves, undulating bodies, and
sharp color contrasts characteristic of nudibranchs found in coral reefs.
Elegant, sensuous, and slightly mysterious, these creatures appear to crawl
around the floor of the gallery
. Implicit are political
implications of the chosen content and sculpting material; nudibranchs are
indicators of climate change, which is damaging coral reef ecosystems, while
Styrofoam sickens and kills marine animals that mistake floating bits for food.
Mouchaty’s goal is to stimulate awareness about
today’s state of ecology by presenting strange, yet compelling objects that
attract the viewer.

 

Mouchaty is a sculptor based in
Houston, Texas, who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of
Houston. She attained her PHD from Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Mouchaty has
won numerous awards and her work has been exhibited locally in Lawndale Arts
Center, Houston, Texas; Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas; and in the 52nd
Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show
, Corpus Christi, Texas. 

When:
Jun 14, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Location:


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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