Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pan Recommends for the week of August 8 to August 14

Robert Boyd

Another slow August week, but there are a few art events happening around town. Check them out if you can peel yourself off the couch.


The Afronauts by Cristina De Middel
from DEVELOP Tube on Vimeo.

Art League Houston and Our Image Film present Black Radical Imagination: A Futurist Film Showcase, curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale, featuring work by Adebukola Bodunrin, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cauleen Smith, Anansi Knowbody, Cristina De Middel, Akosua Adoma Owusu and Jacolby Satterwhite, 6:30 - 10 pm with a panel discussion Saturday from 1-2 pm. This is subtitled "An Afrofuturist Short Film Showcase." Afrofuturism seems to combine elements of black nationalism and science fiction nerdism, about which one must say, why not?After all, space is the place...

Salon des Refusés at  BLUEorange Contemporary 6–9 pm, featuring art by Alex Barber, Mark Benham, Rafael Castanet, Jaime Coronado, Dick Craig, Candice Davis, Blase Distefano, Nela Garzon, Jake Hayward, Dannye Jones, Sebastian Montes, Al Nash, Katie Odermatt, Bob Pahlka, Laura Pregeant, Dandridge Reed, Daniel Rocha, Steve Ruth, Brian Simmons, T. Smith, Stutz, Michael Toskovich, Jeremy Underwood and John "Happy" Valentine. Part 4 of the Salon des Refusés. This is the last chapter in this huge exhibit, opening the day before the official Big Show at Lawndale closes. Let's hope the A/C is working this week!


Funnel Tunnel by Patrick Renner dedication ceremony at the Art League, 6 - 9 pm. Have you wondered what that thing on the esplanade on Montrose in front of the Art League is all about? Now you can see the finished result.

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center grand opening at West Oaks Mall, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Ever since the West Oaks Art House (which has evolved into We Open Art Houses) announced that it would be using its massive space in West Oaks Mall for something, I've wondered what that something would be. Despite some interesting speculation, giving space for the Katy Visual and Performing Art Center seems just right--this organization does community theater and art classes for kids. Multiple events during the day, including a "Princess Afternoon Tea."

Cathy Cunningham-Little light sculpture

Reconstructing Visual Isomers by Cathy Cunningham-Little at Redbud Gallery, 6 to 9 pm. A group of sculptures made of glass and projected light, this looks like a good one to see after the sun has set.


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