The best museum exhibits in Houston this month: January 2022

“Time is no longer” by Anri Sala | Photo: Lawrence Knox; Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Weingarten Art Group

Catch the latest exhibits and installations at art galleries and museums in Greater Houston in January 2022.

The New Year has plenty of exciting exhibits on the horizon, including the reopening of the Moody Center, but first, the city’s galleries and museums have a list of exhibits set to release this month.

Among several Houston institutions, you can make time to stop by closing the Lawndale Art Center, MFAH, Menil Collection, and Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Cave facilities.

Plus, you can check out all of the current exhibits by checking out our guide to facilities and exhibits in Greater Houston.

First look: Exhibitions open in Houston this month

Detail from “Always & Forever (ever, ever) No. 8” by Tammie Rubin | Photo: Hector Martinez; courtesy of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Arch gallery in Montrose | FREE – The Dunlavy art gallery welcomes Public shows by Joel Anderson this month (opening Saturday January 8), which takes the viewer on a walking tour of some of Houston’s most captivating gardens, parks and public spaces, capturing different types of beauty through photographic painting techniques and with encaustic.
  • Houston Contemporary Craft Center in the Museum District | FREE – Three exhibitions open at the HCCC; Unlimited (opening Saturday, January 15) explores themes of identity, acculturation and belonging through the versatile clay works of three recipients of the ClayHouston Award for Texas BIPOC Ceramic Artists; Rings! 1968-2021 (opening Saturday January 22) tells about the avant-garde twists and turns of contemporary jewelry that have allowed the unlimited creative potential of the wearable piece; and Nothing is lost (opens Saturday, January 29) shows how an artist can use found materials, leftovers and discarded remains to explore how industrial and artistic processes have impacted the ecology of the planet.
  • The Bryan Museum in Galveston – The Galveston History Museum is gearing up for Shrove Tuesday with Mardi Gras: pageantry and festivities (opens Friday, January 21), which delves into the history of Mardi Gras and the Galveston Krewes that make up the colorful and cheerful exhibits that parade through the city each year. Included with general admission, $ 14; $ 5 for ages 6 to 12; Free for children 6 and under.
  • Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University | FREE – Reopening after a month-long installation process, Rice University Art Gallery presents Soundwaves: Experimental strategies in art and music (opening Friday January 21), bringing together the works of artists like Jamal Cyrus, Anri Sala, Christine Sun Kim, Jorinde Voigt and others to examine the links between visual and acoustic art and provide a space for sensory exploration.

Check out other installations and exhibits currently in the museums of Greater Houston.

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Last chance: Exhibitions in Houston close this month

“Niki de Saint Phalle in the 60s” | Courtesy of the Menil Collection
  • Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field – The museum of the history of space and aviation closes its exhibition, Never forget: commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11 (ends Sunday, January 2), which offers visitors the opportunity to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, as well as to leave their feelings and thoughts in a guestbook that will be donated to the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York. $ 15; $ 13 for ages 12 to 17 and 65 and over; $ 10 for ages 4 to 11; free for children 3 and under.
  • Archway Gallery in Montrose | FREE – Juxtapose the pieces of two artists, Fusion: new works by Veronica Dyer and Jim Adams (ends Thursday, January 6), this exhibit contrasts the positive energy found in Veronica Dyer’s paintings and sculptures created during the lockdown, and the darker aspects of the human experience found in the recent work of the sculptor Jim Adams, “Personal Demons”.
  • Houston Contemporary Craft Center in the Museum District | FREE – Closure of two exhibitions at the Main Street Crafts Museum; Later, longer, less: the work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk (ends Saturday, January 8) showcases the traditional blue and white porcelain sculptures and large-scale multimedia installations of the Chinese-American artist who seeks to critique the realities of women’s access and liberation; and Copy culture: fanzines created and shared (ends Saturday, January 8) spotlights zines and ephemera from Texas and beyond, exploring the community, history and practice of self-proclaimed “zinesters,” who use collage and repurposed content to deliver a wide range of styles and platforms.
  • Houston Photography Center in Montrose | FREE – The West Alabama studio and photography gallery close two exhibitions; Learning curve 14 (ends Sunday January 9), which showcases the work of over 30 artists from HCP’s various workshops and programs, fuses the unique voices and perspectives of students of all skill levels and photographic experiences; and the 2021 scholarship exhibition (ends Sunday, January 9) which features the work of Arkansas-based photographer Aaron Turner and Houston-based artist and filmmaker Yue Nakayama.
  • Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District – the exhibition by Japanese artist Kana Harada, Divine spark (ends Sunday January 9), brings several new works produced during the global pandemic that blend messages of hope and positivity through an innovative approach to sculpture, installation and painting. $ 8; free for children 12 and under.
  • Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston | FREE – The work of Maryam Jafri is exhibited in A wide and narrow point (ends Sunday, January 9), which features multiple series that examine the relationships between identity, authenticity, and commerce, as well as the ways therapy has imbued with convenience and celebrity aesthetics.
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture in the Museum District | FREE – Born in Houston and based in New York, the works of Justin Sterling in Windows of opportunity (ends Saturday, January 15) illustrate how small habits of social neglect can have profound consequences for the community through the use of found objects that represent or symbolize social and environmental issues.
Anri Sala’s Work Joins Other Artists in “Soundwaves” at the Moody Center for the Arts | Courtesy of the Moody Center for the Arts
  • Lawndale Art Center in the Museum District | FREE – Three exhibitions are ending this month; David McGee’s work for The Sankofa project (ends Saturday January 15) in the windows facing Main Street examines the historical events that have led to our present moment of social unrest and racial reckoning; Emily Peacock: Dying of Laughter (ends Saturday January 15) uses the artist’s mark of humor and levity as a way to deal with tragedy in photography, video, sculpture, performance and installations; and Bria Lauren: gold was made for her (ends Saturday, January 15) is a photographic project by native Third Ward artist that celebrates the women of South Side Houston, amplifying their voices and the voices of black women across generations who have been affected by structural inequalities , generational narratives and political respectability.
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts in the Museum District – The institution of fine arts closes three exhibitions in January; Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer (ends Monday, January 17) takes a fresh look at the southwestern artist by considering his approach to photography in the context of his long career; Afro-Atlantic stories (ends Monday, January 17) explores the history and legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in more than 130 works of art that span five centuries and include contemporary artists like Glenn Ligon, Ibrahim Mahama and Kara Walker; and Calder-Picasso (ends Sunday, January 30), which examines the relationship and parallel developments of American artist Alexander Calder and Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (this exhibit costs $ 23; $ 18 for ages 13-18 and 65+ ; free for children 12 and under).
  • Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern – The third artistic project at the cistern, at Anri Sala The time is gone (ends Monday, January 17) creates an otherworldly environment to a painful and haunting saxophone soundtrack and surreal film footage aboard an abandoned space station. Viewings are available in 30 minute segments. $ 12 for ages 9 and over; $ 8 for students and people 62 and over; free on Thursdays.
  • Menil Collection in Montrose | FREE – Closed this month, Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s (ends Sunday, January 23) explores the pivotal 10-year period of the Franco-American artist’s career and presents numerous works from European collections that make their United States debut in this exhibition.
  • The printing museum in Montrose – The culmination of the museum’s new artist residency program, New directions: 2020-2021 Artists in residence (ends Sunday, January 30) showcases the work of seven artists who have each achieved varying artistic results across the disciplines of bookbinding, typography, printmaking and papermaking. $ 10; $ 5 for ages 6 to 18; free for children 5 and under.

Check out other installations and exhibits currently in the museums of Greater Houston.

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A detail from “Into Bondage” by Aaron Douglas | Courtesy of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts

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