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Here are 5 must-see shows on the visual arts scene this season

By on September 19, 2022 0

Gordon Parks photographed Stokely Carmichael in Watts, California in 1967.

Photo: Gordon Parks

As summer stubbornly gives way to late summer (Houston’s fall), the city’s museums are hosting a rush for new exhibits. The Leandro Erlich facade that proved so popular at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts over the summer – with patrons pretending to dangle two or three stories above the ground – has just moved and a slew of new shows is about to move into the MFAH. Here are some of their upcoming shows and a few more in town that should attract art lovers by the end of the year.

“Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power”

Parks has worn many hats in his life: photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer among them. He directed the classic 1971 film “Shaft,” but his photography during the civil rights years is the focus of this exhibit, particularly a series of photographs by activist Stokely Carmichael. Parks photographed Carmichael for a 1967 Life magazine profile. The show includes images used for that profile as well as many images that have yet to find their way to public display. Houston Museum of Fine Arts, October 16, 2022 – January 16, 2023.

“Samuel Fosso: African Spirits”

Among the many striking “Afro-Atlantic Stories” works that opened at the MFAH last year was a self-portrait by Cameroonian Samuel Fosso. Fosso gets his own exhibition at the Menil Collection which includes more than a dozen large-scale silver self-portraits in which the photographer portrays himself as a series of prominent 20th-century black liberation figures, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. Angela Davis, Kwame Knrumah and others. Her work interweaves history and biography, prompting questions and reflections on race and representation. The Menil collection, on display until January 15, 2023.

“Philip Guston Now”

The MFAH is one of four museums that participated in an exhibit that features more than 70 paintings and more than 25 drawings by the Canadian-American artist. Guston’s work was informed by what he described as “the brutality of the world”, covering issues of racism and anti-Semitism. The show was scheduled for summer 2020 but was delayed after the murder of George Floyd. Guston’s art is a presentation of struggle and violence. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 23, 2022-January 16, 2023.

“Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of the Eye”

Montes-Michie, a native of El Paso, presents his very first solo museum exhibition with “Rock of Eye”, which takes its name from the expression in fashion design that emphasizes the eye rather than the ribbon. to measure. Montes-Michie’s work includes collages, drawings, sculptures and installations with a focus on the body, particularly the black male body, with a social, cultural and sartorial history running through his work. At the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston until January 29, 2023.




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