8 Must-See Houston Art Exhibitions


There is no shortage of quality art at H-Town. We are home to some of the country’s most renowned arts and culture institutions and have served as a launching pad for world-renowned talent. This fall marks the opening and closing of some of the most captivating exhibitions of the year.

From photography to experimental cinema and crafts, here is a list of must-see shows:

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s

Known for her frenzied celebrations of femininity, Franco-American sculptor and painter, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) was the subject of several closely watched exhibitions this year. Exploring one of the most important decades of his practice, the Menil collection Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s aims to solidify Saint Phalle as one of the ancestors of feminism. To see at the opening of the Menil Collection on September 10.

Vicki Meek: The journey to me

Dallas-based artist Vicki Meek was named Houston Art League Artist of the Year. the Meek Memorial Exhibition, The journey to me will present three in situ installations that trace his evolution as an artist and his interests in collective memory, the African diaspora and healing. On display at the Art League Houston opening on September 10.

Bria Lauren: gold was made for her

2020 from Gold Was Made Fa' Her series, 2019-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and Lawndale Art Center. 

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Through intimate 35mm filmed portraits, photographer and storyteller Bria Lauren pays homage to the neglected and underrated women of Houston’s South Side communities. Lauren’s solo exhibition will feature a body of work in progress dedicated to black women in the neighborhood and those in the southern United States. On view at the Lawndale Art Center, opening September 17.

Olga de Amaral: Weaving a rock

During her sixty-year career, Colombian artist Olga de Amaral has created textured spaces for meditation. Through four thematic sections that illustrate his radical approach to color and material, the MFAH retrospective exhibition retraces Amaral’s architectural interventions. In sight at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston until September 19.

Monet to Matisse: from Impressionism to Modernism at the Bemberg Foundation

Take a trip to the south of France through Monet to Matisse: from Impressionism to Modernism at the Bemberg Foundation. The MFAH is the first and only place in the United States to exhibit works from the famous collection of writer and pianist Georges Bemberg. The exhibition features masterpieces by French modernists Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and many more. In sight at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston until September 19.

Jamal Cyrus: The end of my debut

In partnership with Texas Southern University, the Blaffer Art Museum organized the first exhibition-investigation into the work of Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus. Spanning fifteen years, across multiple mediums and showcasing more than 50 works, the exhibition is a deep dive into Cyrus’ investigations into black progressive politics, cultural hybridity and the “Afro-Atlantic”. In sight at the Blaffer Art Museum until September 26.

Cauleen Smith: we already have what we need

This is the final month of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Cauleen Smith’s exhibition, which features her multimedia installations, two short films and a range of sculptures and textual works. On view at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston until October 3.

In residence: 14th edition

Do you have a talent for DIY? Stop by the HCCC and be inspired by its 2020-2021 resident artists, Chloe Darke, Abbie Preston Edmonson, Hong Hong, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Stephanie Robison, Michael Velliquette and Kirstin Willders. The exhibition opened in August ahead of HCCC’s 20th anniversary and features works ranging from metal and fiber, clay and paper. On view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft until October 9.

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