Your guide to the best visual arts events in Houston for the 2021-22 season


A painting by Alexander Calder

Photo: Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s famous portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, shown at the Houston Art Gallery in March, are perhaps the most spectacular of the new season, but no ‘don’t wait that long. Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso, Monet and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg await, not to mention a succession of captivating exhibitions from Lawndale to Galveston.


Sep 10-Jan 23 – “Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s”: Shooting of paintings and female sculptures from the crucial decade of the Franco-American artist. Main building of Ménil.

17 Sep-Dec 19 – “Kapwani Kiwanga: The sand is reminiscent of the shadow of the moon”: Two immersive installations by the Parisian artist examine the effects of commerce and labor on the environment and society. Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University.

Sep 17-Jan 15 – “Emily Peacock: laughing to death”: A Houston-based artist explores how we use humor to cope with tragedy. Lawndale Art Center.

Sep 17-Jan 15 – “Bria Lauren: Gold Was Made Fa ‘Her”: Celebrating the Women of Houston’s Third Ward. Lawndale Art Center.

Closing September 19 – “Jamal Cyrus: The end of my beginning”: A professor at Texas Southern University explores black identity and cultural hybrids. Blaffer Art Museum.

Closed on September 19 – “Dream monuments: drawing in the 1960s and 1970s”: The exhibition planned by the founders of the museum subverts waking life. Ménil Drawing Institute.

Closing on September 19 – “Monet to Matisse: Impression on the modernism of the Bemberg Foundation”: Loaned by Toulouse; only American site. MFAH.

Closed on September 19 – “Olga de Amaral: to weave a rock”: Radical experiments on the fibers of a Colombian artist. MFAH.

Closed on September 26 – “Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife”: Interactive trails suspended in the air. MFAH.


2 Oct 2 Jan 8 “Copy culture: fanzines created and shared”: Examine pre-internet (but still existing) lifelines for marginalized communities. Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts (HCCC).

2 Oct 2 Jan 8 – “Later, Longer, Less: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk”: Porcelain sculptures, large-scale installations and video question female stereotypes. HCCC.

Closing October 3 – “Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need”: The multimedia artist from LA advocates kindness and sustainability. Houston Museum of Contemporary Art.

Closed on October 3 – “Nastassja Swift: Canaan: when I read your letter, I feel your voice”: The installation / performance by artist Virginia evokes her imprisoned brother. Galveston Arts Center.

Closed on October 9 – “In residence: 14th edition”: Works with paper, metal, clay, fiber and stone. HCCC.

Closed on October 17 – “Resisting: Latinx art in times of conflict”: Multimedia works by over 100 local artists. Houston Holocaust Museum.

October 17-Jan. 23 – “Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer”: Almost 100 images from the archives of the modernist pioneer. MFAH.

Closed on October 24 – “Jagdeep Raina: Bonds”: Stories and scenes from Kashmir, diasporas from Punjab. Blaffer.

Closed on October 24. “Martine Gutirrez: Radiant Cut”: A non-binary Guatemalan American artist probes the meanings of beauty and glamor. Blaffer.

October 29-March 13 – “Draw like a machine: Pop Art, 1952-1975”: Cartoonists synthesize mass media and advertisements into a major movement. Collection of drawings by Ménil.

October 29-March 13 – “Spatial awareness: Drawings from the Permanent Collection ”: Imaginative Ways to Visualize Space, from the mid-1900s to the present day. Ménil Drawing Institute.

31 October-Jan. 30 – “Calder-Picasso”: The grandsons of artists are organizing a retrospective of the giants of the 20th century. MFAH.


Closing November 14 – “Ryan Hawk: Intrusion Distortions”: Silicone sculptures and a film installation explode notions of power and privilege. Galveston Arts Center.

Closing November 14 – “Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes”: Textiles, ceramics and images from post-1700 Peru. Main building of Ménil.

Closed on November 19 – “Modern and contemporary at the Menil”: Calder and Mondrian run a dizzying collection of summaries. Main building of Ménil.


From December 10 to May 29 – “Focus on the collection”: The Photographs of Bruce Davidson “: American’s keen sense of” worlds in transition “. Main building of Ménil.

Closing on December 31 – “Contact currents”: Inaugural installations in the brand new Kinder building. MFAH.

Closing December 31 – “Art of Islamic Lands: Selections from the el-Sabah Collection, Kuwait”: Around 250 pieces from the 8th to the 18th century. MFAH.


Closed on January 2. – “Van Gogh: the immersive experience”: Immerse yourself in the digitally recreated world of the Dutch post-impressionist. Marq’e Entertainment Center.


From February 12 to April 30 – “Artist studio program exhibition 2021/22”: With Ryan Crowley, Jamire Williams and Loc Huynh. Lawndale Art Center.


March 11-July 22 – “Notorious RBG”: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg ”: interactive tribute to the late Supreme Court justice / civil rights hero. Houston Holocaust Museum.

25 March-Sept. 18 – “Méret Oppenheim: my exhibition”: First American retrospective of a singular Swiss artist for 25 years. Main building of Ménil.

March 27-May 30 – “The Obama Portrait Tour”: Get up close and personal with iconic footage of Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. MFAH.


April 22-August. 7 – “Joseph E. Yoakum: What I saw”: Fantastic landscapes by a self-taught American artist. Ménil Drawing Institute.


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