Oh my, it's Thursday again. This week is one of the biggest weeks in the year as everyone puts away their white shoes and madras slacks and gets serious about life again. There is so much artsy stuff happening this weekend that no one can possibly hope to see it all. We'll make an effort, though. But if you feel the need to pick and choose, here are our recommendations.
Fall Art Kickoff Slide Jam in the courtyard of Sewell Hall at Rice University, 7 pm, Thursday, September 6. Slides by various Core Fellows and Rice art faculty, a reception at the Matchbox Gallery Space, and music. These events are always fun and a good opportunity to see the work of Rice student artists.
FLYAWAY: New Work by Aaron Parazette at the Art League, 6 pm, Friday, September 7. Aaron Parazette is the Art League's Texas Artist of the Year, and in addition to exhibiting a bunch of his paintings, this show will include a new large site-specific painting.
SHIPPED: Work by Current BOX13 Artists Outside the BOX at 4411 Montrose, 6:30, Friday, September 7. Some Houston art lovers have never made the trek out to Wayside to see Box 13, so Box 13 is making the trek to Montrose to see you! Work by Elaine Bradford,
Mark Ponder, and
J. Michael Stovall--in short, some of the finest artists in town.
Karen Cytter: Video Art Manual at Diverse Works (the old space, not the new one), 8 pm, Friday, September 7. This was supposed to open at their new space in Midtown, but construction delays have caused a split opening--part of the show will be the denouement of the downtown location and the next part will be a premiere of the Midtown location. Don't show up at the wrong address!
ERIC ZIMMERMAN: Endless Disharmony & Telltale Ashes at Art Palace, 6 pm, Friday, September 7. Here's your chance to see if the editor of ...might be good might be good himself. His insanely detailed graphite drawings are definitely worth checking out.
In Plain Sight organized by Aaron Parazette at McClain Gallery, 5 pm, Saturday, September 8. In addition to his solo show at the Art League, Parazette has organized a huge survey of the current Houston painting scene--the artists included are Seth Alverson, David Aylsworth, Heather Bause, William Betts, Harvey Bott, Joseph Cohen, Pat Colville, Melanie Crader, Bill Davenport, Jeremy DePrez, Kent Dorn, Christian Eckart, Jane Eifler, Mark Flood, Francesca Fuchs, Ryan Geiger, Marianne Green, Lane Hagood, Alika Herreshoff, Steven Hooks, Perry House, Michael Kennaugh, Jonathan Leach, Cody Ledvina, David McGee, Tierney Malone, Emily McGrew, Marcelyn McNeil, Aaron Parazette, Brian Portman, Cheyenne Ramos, Susie Rosmarin, Robert Ruello, Beth Secor, Howard Sherman, Hana Shoup, Gael Stack, Myke Venable, Marco Villegas, and Kyle Young. Whew! I don't know how they are all going to fit in!
A bunch of exhibits at Box 13, 7 pm, Saturday, September 8, 2012. Shows by a bunch of artists at the Harrisburg location, including Karl Erickson, Andrew Falkowski, Kristy Peet, Christopher Tuttoilmondo-Holmes, Karen Brasier-Young and Benjamin Terry, whose paintings I recently saw and enjoyed in Dallas.
A Gallery Retrospective: 21 Years of Fine Craft at Goldesberry Gallery, 6 pm, Saturday, September 8, 2012. Oliver and Nancy Goldesberry are retiring with a retrospective show. A sale will last until December 24th. Goldesberry has been one of my favorite galleries for years, and their retirement will be a loss for the art scene and a big loss for the fine craft scene in town. If you don't make the opening, check out the sale--there will be many fine pieces available. But not the Virginia Scotchie piece above--I bought this one a few years ago from Goldesberry.
Fringe Festival Weekend 2 at Super Happy Fun Land, Bohemeos and Frenetic Theater, various times, Thursday through Sunday, September 6-9. After you've been to the openings, sit down and let dancers, actors, comedians and musicians entertain you. This weekend, I'm looking forward to The Knocking Within by ANIKAI Dance Company, John Cage: Happy 100th by George Heathco and Luke Hubley, and Crawling With Monsters by The Sleepy Border Town Insomniacs, among others!
And the thing is, this just scratches the surface. Check out Glasstire and Artshound for much more complete listings--and have a good weekend!
(And of course, if you have an opening or an event you'd like mentioned, please feel free to describe it in the comments. The more the merrier!)