Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sand Recalls the Moon’s Shadow installation view at the Moody Center for the Arts. 

Image: Nash Baker

It’s the most artful time of the year and a number of national and global exhibitions have topped the NYT’s “Best of 2021” list, including CAMH’s latest show, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Whether you’re roaming the new Menil Drawing Institute after holiday dinner or in the mood for a day trip to Galveston Arts Center, there’s plenty of art to see this month.

Here are five exhibitions to visit before December ends:

Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sand Recalls the Moon’s Shadow 

 

Multidisciplinary artist and anthropologist Kapwani Kiwanga’s first solo exhibition in Houston juxtaposes the economies of Texas, which relies heavily on fracking, and  Tanzania's sisal extraction to explore the misuse of raw materials and resources. The exhibition features a video and two immersive, site-specific installations that employ natural materials. On view through at the Moody Center for the Arts through December 18.

Lessons From Above: Constellation Quilts by Dawolu Jabari 

 

Houston artist Dawolu Jabari's artistic practice fuses mythology with Black history and folklore. His solo exhibition at Galveston Artist Residency features four large drawings, an installation and a sculpture. Jabari is a member of Houston art collective Otabenga Jones alongside Robert Pruitt, Jamal Cyrus and others. The show's title is also a nod to a 2007 group presentation “Lessons from Below.” On view at the Galveston Artist Residency through December 18.

Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared 

 

Zines take center stage in Copy Culture: Zines Made and Shared at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. These booklets have not only become a staple in the independent publishing realm, but they are also crucial to amplifying the voices and ideas of marginalized communities. The exhibition examines the aesthetics, history and practice of zine making. On view in the front gallery of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through January 8

Tommy Fitzpatrick: Simulated Structures

 

Based on handmade and photograph models, Tommy Fitzpatrick’s paintings are full of hard-edged lines and bold colors. His solo exhibition, Simulated Structures features a body of work that explores new technical and aesthetic methods of painting for Fitzpatrick. On view at Inman Gallery through January 8.

Emily Peacock: die laughing 

 

In her solo exhibition, Houston-based artist and educator Emily Peacock features new work that confronts the severe isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a series of amusing photographs, sculptures and a video, Peacock uses humor to destigmatize conversations around mental health. On view at Lawndale Art Center through January 15.