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7 Must-See Art Exhibitions to Visit This Month

Catch these shows before they close.

By Amarie Gipson February 7, 2022

The Cameroonian artist Sesse Elangwe's latest works are on display at Mitochondria Gallery through Feb. 10.

Seek shelter from the cold in art-filled galleries and museums this month. Houston high schoolers put eyes on the city in a collaborative exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the actor Matthew Modine relives the glory of being on set with the director Stanley Kubrick in the 1980s. There’s no shortage of exciting art this month, and with Black History Month in full swing, the Gregory School is the perfect stop to learn and experience the power of Black creativity.

Here are seven exhibitions to visit before February ends:

Dawn: A Solo Exhibition by Sesse Elangwe

 

The Cameroonian artist Seese Elangwe explores enlightenment in a new body of work inspired by his recent migration to the U.S., where he is based in San Antonio. Elangwe’s contemporary take on figurative painting merges elements of cubism and surrealism. Vivid portraits include Black men and women posing in mundane environments, such as in the parking lot of a McDonald's and the lawn of a government building. On view at Mitochondria Gallery (located on the second floor of Winter Street Studios in 1st Ward) through Feb. 10.

Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography

 

The 26th annual Eye on Houston showcase features students from nine Houston-area high schools, including Carnegie Vanguard, Jack Yates, Bellaire and Westside. The project is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Independent School District. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of the city through the lens of its youth. If you can't make it to the museum, browse the virtual presentation. On view in the MFAH Visitors Center, 5600 Fannin St., through Feb. 17.

Paweł Dutkiewicz: Concerto in E Minor

 

In this body of work, the Polish abstractionist Paweł Dutkiewicz paints to the classic sounds of Frédéric Chopin. Using a subdued color palette, these oil paintings are playful, introspective and evoke the harmony between sound and light. On view at the Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose Blvd., through Feb. 19.

Francesca Fuchs: How a Rock Is All About Surface and Shaun O’Dell: A Foot Between the Screens of the Unforescene

 

Solo presentations by the London-born Francesca Fuchs and the Texas-based Shaun O’Dell run concurrently at Inman Gallery this month. Paintings and sculptures by Fuchs focus on the beauty of everyday objects, while O’Dell’s drawings critique the myth of Westward expansion in America. On view at Inman Gallery, 3901 Main St., through Feb. 26.

Matthew Modine: Full Metal Jacket Diary

 

Inspired by his role in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, this exhibition features a series of large-scale, black-and-white photographic prints by the actor and filmmaker Matthew Modine. The exhibition is a timeless look behind the scenes of a Hollywood film, with snapshots of Kubrick and the film’s actors and crew. The Atla Arts presentation marks the first time the photographs have been on exhibit in Texas. On view at Alta Arts, 5412 Ashbrook Dr., through March 5. 

African American Artists in Texas: Selections from the John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art

 

This multidisciplinary exhibition, to stay on display all of Black History Month, was mounted in collaboration with the John L. Nau III Collection and spans 60 years of creativity by 17 Texas artists, including John Biggers, Anastasia Sams and Bert Long. It is fitting that their works will spend time at the Edgar M. Gregory School, built in 1926 as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. On view at The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., through March 12.

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