5 Must-See Art Exhibitions to Visit This Month

Paper, portraits, and women take center stage in these shows at galleries and museums around the city.

By Amarie Gipson

Work by Colombian photographer Cristina Velásquez is on view at Assembly, a new gallery located in the Museum District. Image entitled: Desde el otro lado, 2022. 

This month’s exhibition roundup is filled with firsts: a native Texan debuts a new commission in her first solo show in her home state, a beloved gallery opens its doors for the first time since the pandemic and another makes its big debut with an international perspective. Here are our top-pick exhibitions to see for August:


On view at Jonathan Hopson Gallery through August 7 

In its first exhibition since 2020, Jonathan Hopson Gallery unites six, mostly Texas-based visual artists who reimagine the possibilities of paper. Troy Dugas, Brandon Tho Harris, Guadalupe Hernandez, Hong Hong, Lauren Moya Ford, and Liz Rodda each take a unique approach to the material, employing painting, sculpture, and ceramic techniques to express their Texas roots.

Cristina Velásquez: As If It Were the Sun

On view at Assembly through August 27


The Museum District’s newest gallery, Assembly, lives in the 4411 Montrose Building, and its debut exhibition features Colombian photo and textile artist Cristina Velásquez. Her work explores Latin American power structures and cultural exchange. The artist will be conversing with the MFAH curator Lisa Volpe on August 25, before the show’s closing.  

Baseera Khan: Weight of History

On view at the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, through August 27

Born in Texas and based in New York, Baseera Khan is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture and performance-based installations. The main gallery is filled with a sweep of video and textile works, including a newly commissioned sculpture that brings elements of public outdoor monuments into the gallery. 

Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway

On view at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston through August 27

Los Angeles–based filmmaker Mariah Garnett fuses traditional and experimental documentary methods and explores the relationships between her and her subjects. Her solo exhibition at CAMH features older works and a newly commissioned multichannel installation. 

39th Center Annual

On view at the Houston Center for Photography through September 4

The traditions and power of portraiture get a fresh outlook at the Houston Center for Photography’s 39th Center Annual exhibition. Juried by Kristen Gaylor of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, the show brings together 15 artists from all over the nation who reflect our world's joy, rage, and pain.

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