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2012 Programming & Events

All Programs Listed Below from 2012

Art League Houston

Location: 1953 Montrose Blvd,
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5PM, Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM


2012 Texas Artist of the Year
Flyaway: Recent work by Aaron Parazette

Art League Houston (ALH) is proud to announce the 2012 Texas Artist of the Year exhibition, FLYAWAY: New Work by Aaron Parazette. The exhibition features a selection of new paintings from the “Color Key” series, which the artist has been developing for the last three years, as well as a large site specific wall painting. This will be the artists first wall painting in Houston since his one person exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 2004. FLYAWAY: New Work by Aaron Parazette will be on view in the Main Gallery at Art League Houston from September 7 – November 2, 2012. The opening reception is Friday, September 7, 2012, 6 – 9 PM with an artist talk at 6:30 PM.


Art League Houston (ALH) is proud to announce the 2012 Texas Patrons of the Year exhibition, TEXAS ECLECTIC: A selection of Texas artists from the collection of Judy and Scott Nyquist. This exhibition features over thirty-five engaging artworks in ceramic, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, print-making, sculpture and textile from thirty-three defining Texas artists including Amy Blakemore, Bill Davenport, The Art Guys, Joseph Havel, Rachel Hecker, Aaron Parazette, Chuck Ramirez and Robin Utterback. TEXAS ECLECTIC will be on view in the Project Gallery at Art League Houston from September 7 – November 2, 2012. The opening reception is Friday, September 7, 6 – 9 PM, 2012.


Art League Houston presents Primordial Garden, an outdoor light installation by Houston-based Romanian artist Adela Andea, which transforms the ALH Outdoor Sculpture Garden into a sprawling metropolis of manufactured Cold Cathode Flourescent Lights, flex neon, computer hardware and various plastics that weave throughout the surrounding trees, creating a prismatic landscape that combines themes of technology and nature, over-consumption and recycling. The installation opens in conjunction with FLYAWAY: New Works by Aaron Parazette and TEXAS ECLECTIC: A selection of Texas artists from the collection of Judy and Scott Nyquist. The opening reception is Friday, September 7, 2012 from 6 – 9 PM. The installation will be on view until February 22, 2013.

Inspired by the widespread presence of modern technology through video, television, photography and computers, Primordial Gardens aims to redesign a new kind of bio-electronic environment that grafts artificial objects into natural environments; combining cinematic illusion with industrial design. “The meaning of nature through the advancements of innovation and technological progress is a source of inspiration for my art” says Andea. “I try to create artificial environments that produce a sense of “beauty” that is equal to or greater than the natural landscape itself. I want to redefine the conventions of nature, and reflect humanity’s desire to control it.”

Asia Society Texas Center

Location: 1370 Southmore Blvd,
Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Treasures of Asian Art: A Rockefeller Legacy, features 60 works from one of the finest collections of Asian art in the United States.
Selected from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of traditional Asian art of the Asia Society Museum in New York, the exhibition includes outstanding examples of bronze and stone sculpture from South and Southeast Asia and exquisite ceramics from China, Korea and Japan.

Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connections, the inaugural exhibition in Asia Society Texas Center’s Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall, showcases work by Asian and Asian American artists who have lived in Texas or whose work is held in private or public collections in the state.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Location: 5216 Montrose Blvd,
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM-7 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 6 PM

Jane Alexander’s hybrid mutants speak to the porous borders between humans and other forms of animal life. Alexander acts as a surveyor mapping the forces, interests, and passions at play in human behavior. Her sculptures, installations, and photomontages are firmly rooted in her South African experience. They also transcend their locality, revealing the disparity felt every day around the world between the rhetoric of peace and decorum and the human capacity for oppression and violence. Alexander’s body of work throws into relief the asymmetric relations and practices that preclude access for so many people to a free and dignified existence.

DiverseWorks ArtSpace

Location: 1117 East Freeway,
Wednesday – Saturday, 12PM – 6PM

In conjunction with the Houston Fine Art Fair, DiverseWorks will extend its gallery hours on Friday, September 14th until 8pm. Free Admission.

An exhibition of works by acclaimed Israeli-born artist Keren Cytter whose experimental videos and live performance pieces draw on cinematic, literary, and theatrical traditions to illuminate the interpersonal and the private. Featuring a new feature-length video work and the presentation of a theatre piece, the exhibition marks Cytter’s debut in Houston and her first major institutional survey in the United States.


Location: Displayed at Allen Center, 500 Dallas Street,
Monday – Friday, 8AM – 6PM and other times by appointment

Contemporary Photography: Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics
A dynamic and diverse collection of photographs from 19 international contemporary art photographers.

Houston Center for Photography

Location: 1441 West Alabama,
Wednesday – Sunday 11Am – 5PM, Thursday 11AM – 9 PM

In Appropriation: Curated by Aaron Schuman
Main and X&Y Galleries

Lawndale Art Center

Location: 4912 Main Street,
Monday–Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
, Saturday 12 – 5 PM

More Work More Space – Paolo Piscitelli – John M. O’Quinn Gallery
Paolo Piscitelli focuses on the sculptural process and its evolution into a site specific installation for the John M. O’Quinn Gallery. Piscitelli’s sculptures are often in perpetual state of construction and destruction in which forms of metamorphosis and variations occur, using elements such as adhesive tape, clay, steam, foam and wood. In More Space More Work/ More Work More Space Piscitelli will create a sculptural space, connected with the architecture and the time spent building.

Lonely Hunters – Angela Piehl – Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Lonely Hunters is a series of drawings that feature the accumulations, creatures, and hybrids of flora and fauna, in the dark environments that Angela Piehl incorporates into her work. The title references the Southern Gothic literary genre, and like characters within the genre, Piehl’s creatures are solitary, and at once seductive and repellant, grotesque and beautiful. Piehl’s pieces include large-scale framed graphite drawings, mid-sized and large-scale white and grey pencil on black paper drawings, and small-scale graphite drawings.

Wait With Me – Lillian Warren – Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Lillian Warren creates specific painting installation to cover the walls of the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery with a continuous series of figures. Foreground figures are life sized or larger and others diminish in size and recede into empty space. Through repetition of figures throughout the paintings, Warren implies reflections, a passage of time or a shifting point of view Each figure seems to have been waiting for a long time, glancing up to see if something has happened, absorbed with some electronic gadget, staring into space, or even sleeping, oblivious to the others although clearly inhabiting the same space and all waiting…for something.

Compositions – Candace Hicks – Project Space
Candace Hick’s presents two projects using the form of a notebook in unique ways. String Theory undertakes to explain coincidence through science. Hicks has long collected coincidences and published them in a series of handmade books entitled, Common Threads. String Theory is Hick’s first attempt to form a hypothesis about the meanings and rules that govern coincidence. Part pseudo-scientific humor, part genuine awe at the complexity of the cosmos, String Theory is an embroidered book in which the text and images are entirely rendered in thread. The embroidery thread symbolizes the connectedness of coincidence.


Location: 1001 Bissonnet,
Tuesday – Wednesday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM, Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM, Sunday 12:15 PM – 7 PM

American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston reveals the depth, breadth, and richness of American artistic innovation from the 18th to the mid-20th century.

The Art of Exaggeration comprises works on paper spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, with examples by artists from Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Jusepe de Ribera to Francisco de Goya, René Magritte, and Pablo Picasso.

Scandinavian Design, drawn from the MFAH collection of decorative arts, showcases furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, and lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art
The last exceptional collection of Japanese art in private hands, the Powers Collection is renowned for its extraordinary scale and quality, and the exhibition provides a rare chance to see these remarkable examples in the Houston region.

Public Dress, an installation of images from the MFAH photography collection, presents a sampling of themes that highlight the relationship between photography and everyday dress.

The Menil Collection

Location: 1533 Sul Ross Street,
Wednesday – Sunday
11 AM – 7 PM

Silence: Silence is a powerful force. It can produce profound emotions or conjure startling sensory experiences, and it seems inextricably linked to the passage of time. A prerequisite for contemplative thought, silence has become a scarce commodity in today’s media-saturated world…

Dear John & Dominique: Letters and Drawings from the Menil Archives
This exhibition commemorates the Menil’s 25th anniversary. It celebrates the founders of the Menil Collection, John and Dominique de Menil, through the words and images in the letters and drawings sent to them by their friends: artists, curators, museum directors, architects, family members and intellectuals.

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