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5 Must-See Art Exhibitions to Visit This Month

From still life paintings to an exhibition on sound, catch these January shows in Houston before they close.

By Amarie Gipson January 12, 2022

Image of Anri Sala, The Last Resort, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo (c) Rémi VillaggiMudam Luxembourg. Sala will be featured in a group exhibition at The Moody Center for the Arts opening Friday, January 28. 

The new year is in full swing in Houston’s art scene and a series of 2021’s best exhibitions will be leaving us. Bria Lauren and Emily Peacock’s solo presentations at Lawndale Art Center are winding down this weekend, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will soon say goodbye to one of its groundbreaking exhibitions. But never fear, there’s always more to see. Here’s a round-up of art exhibitions to catch before they are gone:

Afro-Atlantic Histories 


On tour from the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil, Afro-Atlantic Histories is a century-sweeping exploration of the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy. The exhibition features over 130 works from artists from 24 countries across the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through Monday, January 17. 

Dan McCleary: Peonies 


As part of a triad of exhibitions taking on the still life tradition, Dan McCleary’s Peonies brings a refreshing start to the year. Throughout 2021, McCleary worked with a supplier to purchase and paint a variety of peonies. The 10 new works are light-filled compositions filled with romance and care. On view at Texas Gallery through Saturday, January 22.

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s


French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle was a pioneering feminist artist who worked to break the barriers in the art world during its avant-garde era. This exhibition is the first of its kind to explore a pivotal decade in her practice and features both her famous “shooting paintings” and her vibrant sculptures of women, commonly known as Nanas. On view at the Menil Collection through Sunday, January 23.

Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art + Music


2022 marks the five-year anniversary of The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. In celebration of artistic experimentation and the fluidity between the visual and sonic arts, Soundwaves presents artists working across media, including Jamal Cyrus, Christine Sun Kim, Raven Chacon, Anri Sala and more. On view at The Moody Center for the Arts opening Friday, January 28.

Don Glentzer: Traces 


A series of minimalist sculptures and works on paper take the stage in Don Glentzer’s second solo exhibition at Gallery Sonja Roesch. Inspired by 20th-Century dance notation systems, Glenzter creates compositions that foreground elegant lines, bold shapes and colors. On view at Gallery Sonja Roesch through Saturday, January 29.