‘Tis the season for art exhibitions in Houston. If you’re looking to be inspired or discover new artists, it's time to make your way to the Museum District. May ushers in graduation season, thesis shows and more presentations that commemorate the end of local arts resident cycles.
This month also marks the reopening of the CAMH and its exciting collaboration with Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo. Head to the Moody Center to catch a series of closings, including the end of the Soundwaves, an exhibition that explores the intersections between music and art.
As we inch toward the close of May, here are a few more shows to catch this month:
Danny Rolph: More Tomorrow Than Today
London-based artist Danny Rolph returns to Houston with a follow-up to his last solo presentation with Barbara Davis Gallery in 2019. More Tomorrow Than Today features four new signature paintings created between his time in London and Houston, rendered with a dynamic, pop-infused palette that draws inspiration from the Italian design movement of the 1980s. The exhibition's title references jazz musician Charles Earland. On view at Barbara Davis Gallery through May 14.
Taking Care: Ryan Crowley, Loc Huynh, Jamire Williams 2021/2022 Artist Studio Program Exhibition
Since 2006, this annual exhibition has presented new work by Texas artists in Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program, a nine-week intensive that grants a monthly stipend, studio access, materials and more. The 2021-22 artists in residence — Ryan Crowley, Jamire Williams and Loc Huynh — are each showing new bodies of work. On view at Lawndale Art Center through May 14.
Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks
Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo is known for his vivid and attentive portraits of Black figures. In his first museum solo exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Boafo meditates on a critical text by sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois. Boafo and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will lead a conversation ahead of the exhibition opening on Wednesday, May 25. Opening at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on May 26.
Collection Close-Up: Bruce Davidson’s Photographs
In this stunning blast from the past, the Menil Collection spotlights the 350 works by American visionary Bruce Davidson. He is most known for capturing New York City in the mid-20th century and his emphasis on the people of Harlem. Black-and-white framed photographs fill the gallery walls. Clusters of images are grouped together salon-style, each with a cinematic and striking resonance. On view at the Menil Collection through May 29.
The Obama Portraits
Perhaps one of the MFAH’s most-visited exhibitions of the year, the Obama Portraits are in town for just a few more weeks before their next stop on the nationwide tour. The exhibition opens with a soft blue wall perfect for photographs and leads viewers in with timelines and didactics that amp out the significance of the Obama era and the conception of the paintings by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. Once you leave the show, stop for a pose at either of the backdrops drawn from themes in the portraits. If you’re still in the mood for more portraiture, be sure to catch the closing of Dawoud Bey: An American Project while you’re on campus. On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through May 30.