This month’s must-see exhibitions in Houston: October 2022

Esrawe + Cadena’s “Mi Casa, Your Casa” Comes Downtown | Courtesy of Discovery Green

Check out our selections for the latest exhibitions and installations at art galleries and museums in Greater Houston in October 2022.

This month, we’ve rounded up seven of the city’s current exhibits that are well worth checking out.

Along with a slate of openings at venues like MFAH and the Menil, Houston is also seeing signature exhibits at Project Row Houses, the return of citywide FotoFest, and a community-focused installation at Discovery. Green.

But that’s not all you can see in the city’s museums and other institutions, so go a step further and take a look at all the current exhibitions when you check out our guide to installations and exhibitions in Greater Houston.

Best exhibits in Houston this month: October 2022

Biennial FotoFest 2022 at multiple locations

A selection of images from the ‘Ten By Ten’ exhibition at Silver Street Studios | Courtesy of FotoFest

Coming off of a pandemic hiatus, FotoFest 2022 returns with three exhibitions and a month-long slate of public programming and events that showcase artists and their work in photography.

This year’s central exhibition, If I had a hammer at Silver Street and Winter Street Studios in the Arts District, features the work of several artists, activists, photo-documentaries and filmmakers who examine the role of images in how they form historical narratives and ideologies, and how they can be used to build and suppress global social movements.

Returning after being cut short in 2020, African Cosmologies: Redux finds a home in venues across the city, with parts on display at Spring Street Studios, Alta Arts, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Menil Collection. Dozens of artists make up the work featured in this large-scale exhibition, which explores the relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism, photography, rights, and representation.

And in ten by ten, the work of 10 artists chosen by 10 guest critics is on display, selected as part of FotoFest’s international venue portfolio review. The long-running event sees 150 curators, editors and experts sift through 450 photographic portfolios from artists and photographers around the world to highlight contemporary photographic practice.

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Now showing; closing dates vary, but most run until Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Sweet Bitter Waters & Attracted by communities at Art League Houston

A detail from “Flipping Boy, Fourth Ward, Houston, Texas” by Earlie Hudnall, Jr. | Courtesy of the artist and PDNB Gallery

Two exhibitions adorn the Montrose Gallery this month, honoring the artists in their respective solo exhibitions.

In Sweet Bitter WatersLetitia Huckaby, 2022 Art League Texas Artist of the Year, presents new work that explores the legacy of Africatown, the historic community near Mobile, Alabama, founded by a group of West Africans who were trafficked to the United States as slaves shortly before emancipation.

And in Attracted by communitiesHouston photographer Earlie Hudnall, Jr., who receives the Art League’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts Award, showcases many of his compelling images of community life in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Wards of Houston.

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On view until Saturday, December 3, 2022.

In residence & CraftTexas 2022 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

A detail from “Osu Mejila Ati Odun Kan: 12 Moon is a Full Calendar Year” by Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya | Courtesy of HCCC

In October, you can catch two exhibits at the always-free Craft Center in the Museum District, which showcases some of the best work by resident artists, as well as throughout the Texas area.

The 15th edition of In residence unveils another selection of works by artists from the annual residency program who use clay, metal and fiber. Featured resident artists include Joan Clare Brown, Kelly Dzioba, Priscilla Dobler Dzul, Jihye Han, Chenlu Hou, Carl Johnson, Naomi Peterson, Kerianne Quick, Nash Quinn and Stephanie J. Woods.

To discover until Saturday, October 29, 2022.

And in CraftTexas 2022this eleventh annual juried exhibition showcases some of the finest contemporary craftsmanship made in Texas, comprised of a variety of artworks and installations, with a particularly strong display of fiber, metal, and mixed media work.

On view until Saturday, January 28, 2023.

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Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 at Discovery Green

A night view of an earlier work “Mi Casa, Your Casa” by Esrawe + Cadena | Pictured: Lindsay Ahern; courtesy of the artist

Take a moment and take a seat in these bright, house-like play structures that adorn the Discovery Green campus, offering visitors the opportunity to sit, swing and relax.

Created by Mexican designers Esrawe + Cadena, this second installation is inspired by the mercados of Latin America, where human ties between members of the community are woven daily.

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Open from Saturday October 8 to Monday November 14, 2022.

Round 54: Biennial Southern Survey at the Townhouse Project

Round 54: Biennial Southern Survey at PRH in October | Courtesy of Townhouse Project

The inaugural round of Biennial of the South Survey celebrates the work of eight artists from across the South, each of them converting the project’s townhouses into a work that tackles the enormity of contemporary issues and the residual experiences of the past three years.

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, this first exhibition of its kind highlights the work of artists from Texas, Florida and Louisiana through the creative expression found in performance, painting, sculpture, photography and the moving image.

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Open from Saturday October 8 to Sunday February 12, 2023.

Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Stokely Carmichael, Lowndes County, Alabama, 1966 by Gordon Parks | Courtesy of MFAH

The work of iconic photographer and artist Gordon Parks is featured in this exhibition which is inspired by the time the photojournalist spent with Black Power activist Stokely Carmichael (also known as Kwame Ture) on a journey through the country for Life reviewed in 1967.

In addition to the five photographs in the article, viewers can also take nearly 50 additional photographs and contact sheets that have never been published or exhibited before, as well as footage from Carmichael’s speeches and interviews.

Included with general admission: $19; $16 for people 65 and over; $12 for 13 to 18 year olds; free for children under 12.

Open from Sunday October 16 to Monday January 16, 2023.

Walter DeMaria: Boxes for meaningless work at Menil Collection

“No War No” by Walter De Maria | Pictured: Paul Hester; courtesy of Menil Collection

A figure who was part of the avant-garde of the New York music and art scene of the 1960s, Walter De Maria adopted influential approaches to sculpture, performance and sound that contributed to the development of the Minimalism, Conceptualism and Earth Art of the late 60s.

The work of the artist (who was also an early member of the Velvet Underground alongside Lou Reed and John Cale) is examined in this rare US exhibition which spans his 50-year career and includes sculptural works in plywood, as well as drawings, photographs, sound and film work.

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Open from Saturday October 29 to Sunday April 23, 2023.

Julia P. Cluff