There are many noteworthy exhibitions and art-related events going on in and around Houston. Two of the best current exhibitions are “Cosmos” at Art Palace and “An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony” at Skydive. Read below to find out more about these unique shows and check them out today.
“Cosmos” @ Art Palace, through June 26th
This collaborative exhibition features the work of Emilie Halpern and Eric Zimmerman, and like its name implies, follows a rigorous system of order. The show is dense, and the “universe” the artists present is one built by accretion. Images and concepts overlap and the works’ subtle playfulness and gallery’s spaciousness provide ample breathing room, balancing the “cosmos-like” feeling of a hermetically sealed vacuum. Each artist has filled two small rooms of the gallery with his or her own creations, and the more expansive central room contains both Zimmerman’s large-scale graphite drawings and Halpern’s photographs and sculpture. Here, each artist’s individual works converge in a visual dialogue. Zimmerman and Halpern create a surprisingly harmonious “universe” with this exhibition, while still managing to maintain aesthetic autonomy.
“An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony” @ Skydive, through June 19th
The artist-run space Skydive recently collaborated with the Oakland, California-based group “Autonomous Organization” in soliciting proposals to re-develop its headquarters as a socialist colony. The subsequent exhibition of submission thoughtfully probes the promises and pitfalls of collective organization and shared resources. The show displays 20 artworks (in a “Do it yourself” format) created by artist-activists of different ages and from several countries around the world. On view are installations of varying mediums, documentary films, and other engaging works that force viewers to explore notions and interpretations of socialism in its many forms. Participating artists include: BAW, N55, Aharon, Amy Balkin, Zanny Begg, The Copenhagen Commune, Chto Delat/What is to be Done?, José Filipe Costa, Erin Elder, Amy Franceschini, Alex Lockett, David Mabb, Anna Pickering, The Public School, Jon Sack, Temporary Services, Chin Xaou Ti Won, and Duncan Wooldridge.
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