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The Contemporary Arts Museum will host a Christopher Knowles retrospective starting in December.

“For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America”

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Hand-painted signs can be things of beauty, although you don’t see them as often these days. This show explores their rich history with colorful signage installed at the start of the show, as well as signs painted in open studios over the course of the exhibition—the better to observe their creation—by some of the most dedicated practitioners of the craft. Sept. 22–Jan. 7

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“Round 47: Opening and Community Market”

Project Row Houses

Twice a year, local artists install their work in seven of PRH’s row houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward. The results are inventive, often surprising, and the openings attract a diverse crowd of artists, curators and neighborhood residents. Oct. 14

“The Telling and the Told: The Art of David McGee”

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Whether he’s pairing a George Clinton portrait with the word “Dalí,” or a Biggie Smalls image with “Rothko,” Houston artist David McGee is a master of harmonious dissonance. This solo exhibition of works on paper, several of which never have been shown in public, offers a fresh perspective on the challenging and contradictory nature of his art. Nov. 4-Jan. 12 

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

George R. Brown Convention Center

Now in its seventh year, the fair presents the best in modern art to collectors, curators and the general public inside the recently renovated George R. Brown. Last year, the event drew over 15,000 people, all drawn to its irresistible mix of art, craft beer and commerce. Oct. 19–22

“Christopher Knowles: In a Word”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

As a child, Knowles was diagnosed with severe brain damage; some have described him as autistic. When he was a teenager in the ’70s, celebrated theater director Robert Wilson used his poetry in a Philip Glass opera, launching his genre-spanning career. This retrospective of Knowles’s drawings, sculptures and paintings reveals the range and depth of his unique creative vision. Dec. 9–Mar. 25