5 Must-See Art Exhibitions To Visit This November

From cave-inspired sculptures to film and photography, check out these shows in Houston this month.

By Amarie Gipson November 11, 2021

An installation by American sculptor Susan Budge is on view at SITE Gallery as part of Sculpture Month Houston's exhibition Altamira: The Primal Urge to Create.

It’s been a turbulent month in HOUSTON so far, but there’s a lot of redemption and peace to be found in the arts. In between film screenings, programs, and events for the 2021 Houston Cinema Arts Festival, here’s a roundup of exhibitions to visit before November comes to a close. 

2021 Fellowship: Aaron Turner and Yue Nakayama 


The Houston Center for Photography presents work by their 2021-2022 fellows: Arkansas-based photographer Aaron Turner and Yue Nakayama, a Houston-based artist and filmmaker. Turner will exhibit his series Black Alchemy, where he manipulates archival images of figures in history, from Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King Jr., and brings to life Fred Moten’s theories on the metaphysics of Blackness. Using documentary film and video techniques, Nakayama’s work critiques issues of capitalism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism, and her recent video Recycled Air (2020) will be on view. 

Opening at the Houston Center for Photography through November 19. 

Jesse Lott: Sense of Spirit and Bert L. Long Jr.: The Strength is from Within


Two exhibitions spotlight the work of Houston artists and longtime friends Jesse Lott and Bert L. Long Jr. Each presentation features a sweep of paintings, sculptures and drawings. Born in Houston’s 5th Ward, Lott has spent the past 50 years using urban materials, like metal, and paper and wood, to make art that blends the mythic with the everyday. Similarly, Long's 33-year practice has centered his work’s ability to speak truth to power and advocate for change in America’s social climate. Both exhibitions display the breadth of each artist’s robust career and legacy.

Solo presentations of work by Jesse Lott and Bert L. Long Jr. are on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through November 20. 

Altamira: The Primal Urge to Create 


Last month, the Sculpture Month Houston Festival launched its fifth annual sculpture and installation presentation entitled Altamira: The Primal Urge to Create. The exhibition is inspired by a cave in Northern Spain where the origin of art traces back to prehistoric paintings. The 16 featured artists were prompted to create from the perspective of a cave artist exploring their curiosity about human existence and the human experience. 

On view at SITE Gallery through December 4. 



A major conversation across time and place is happening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Calder-Picasso, a presentation of work by American artist, Alexander Calder (1898-1976), and Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The exhibition was conceived by both Calder’s and Picasso’s grandsons and highlights the aesthetic and historical parallels between two of the 20th Century’s most prominent artists. 

On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 30, 2022.


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