March is here and Houston's arts scene is coming alive. There's plenty happening, from Oscar-nominated films screening, to all the fun to be had at the Houston rodeo.
This month’s visual arts round-up includes stops at the MFAH and University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum and O’Kane Gallery. Here's a handful of exhibitions to add to your must-see list before they close this month:
Dawoud Bey: An American Project
Since the 1970s, American photographer Dawoud Bey has focused his lens on people in unseen communities. His retrospective, An American Project captures this mission through almost 90 artworks, including his street portraits and more recent investigations of historical sites in the American South. Dawoud Bey: An American Project opens on March 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Wearable art takes center stage in Rings! 1968-2021. Originally mounted in Philadelphia, this traveling exhibition explores the history and beauty of rings by showcasing the materials and symbols they stand for all around the world. The exhibition includes over 100 pieces from the collection of educator and craft enthusiast Helen Drutt. On view at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through March 12.
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Comic Relief
American artist Molly Zuckerman-Hartung brings the underground punk scene of the 1990s to Houston in her first museum survey exhibition. Comic Relief features more than 100 artworks made over two decades and foregrounds the radical feminist art movements that have helped create possibilities for younger artists with socially engaged and aesthetic practices. On view at the Blaffer Art Museum through March 13.
Dan R. Stewart: A Modernist Perspective At Home and Abroad
Five decades' worth of paintings captures the life and travels of Dan R. Stewart (1926-2013) in this retrospective exhibition. A renowned artist and architect, Stewart dedicated his life to weaving the two disciplines together and preserving the Modernist art tradition. This show includes works from his time at the American Academy in Rome during the 1950s all the way through his time living in Texas. On view at Foltz Fine Art through March 19.
Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder according to this exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photography archive that spans 1975-1985. This show traces Warhol’s image-making process while also offering more insight into the acclaimed artist’s life and community. On view at O’Kane Gallery through April 6.