Looking beyond Sightlines’ Austin homebase, we picked a dozen museum exhibitions around the Lone Star State to see this fall.
Francesca Fuchs at The Suburban at the OJAC
Sept. 17, 2022 – Jan. 28, 2023, Old Jail Art Center, theojac.org
After perusing some 2,300 digital images on the museum’s online database, Houston artist Francesca Fuchs painted selected objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Seeking other artists’ works that inspired her, more often than not she chose works that often garner less attention than the more “significant” works. Fuchs’ selections are indicative of her attention to things we often dismiss or deem insignificant in aesthetic hierarchal systems. The enigmatic title is a reference to a past exhibition of her work at The Suburban in Illinois in 2013. Fuchs “re-creates” and references that particular exhibition creating conversations between a suburban space near Chicago and a rural space in west Texas.
Contemporary Texas Women Artists: Abstraction Here and Now
Oct. 8 – Dec. 23, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, amset.org
Spotlighting women artists working in abstraction and living within a 200 mile radius of Beaumont, this show is an offshoot from the popular “Texas Artists: Women of Abstraction” exhibition. Artists such as Claire Ankenman, Pat Colville, Orna Feinstein, and Abhidnya Ghuge work in a wide range of mediums to create abstracted art that speaks about nature, light, and the human condition.
Warhol, Johns and Stella: Revisited
Oct. 14, 2022- January 1, 2023, Art Museum of South Texas, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org
Art Museum of South Texas opened its Philip Johnson-designed building 50 years ago with an exhibition titled Johns, Stella, Warhol: Works in Series. Now, as part its 50th anniversary year, the museum stages a show again featuring Warhol, Johns and Stella.
Oct. 15, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023, Nasher Sculpture Center, nashersculpturecenter.org
Nairy Baghramian returns to Dallas with an exhibition of new works, her first created since she became the 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate. Using an abstract vocabulary that often combines geometric and organic forms, as well as industrial materials and processes with elements that appear soft and supple, Baghramian highlights the subtle ligatures uniting disparate human activities and the vulnerability of the human body.
Shepard Fairey: Backward Forward
Sept. 25, 2022 – July 23, 2023, Dallas Contemporary, dallascontemporary.org
The artist’s first-ever solo museum exhibition in Texas highlights the evolution of Fairey’s career from the confrontational D.I.Y. style of his early Street Art days to a narrative of equality that began with his Barack Obama “Hope” campaign posters. This show features new and recent works highlighting important transitions in Fairey’s career as well as some of his most iconic work.
Oct. 23, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, themodern.org
Some 80 works by 47 artists offer a broad view of post–World War II art movements including a major group of works by the Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock; iconic minimalist works by Carl Andre, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra; and post-1970 photography by an international field of artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, and Carrie Mae Weems. Newly Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, David Smith, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography
Oct. 30, 2022–Jan. 22, 2023, Amon Carter Museum, cartermuseum.org
One of the first major museum surveys to explore the dynamic ways that Indigenous artists have leveraged their lenses over the past three decades to reclaim representation and affirm their existence, perspectives, and trauma. With more than 30 Indigenous artists and approximately 70 photographs, videos, three-dimensional works, and digital activations, the exhibition forges a mosaic investigation into identity, resistance, and belonging.
If I Had a Hammer: The Fotofest Biennial
Sept. 24–Nov. 6, Silver Street Studios, Winter Street Studios, and Spring Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. fotofest.org/fotofest-biennial-2022
The capstone show of the Fotofest 2022 considers the ways artists utilize images to unpack the ideological underpinnings that inspire collective cultural movements around the globe. Together, the 23 artists propose alternative techniques of seeing and engaging with the world, working with both conventional and new media to shed light on the systems that encourage social theories and political imaginaries to become dogma at the click of a shutter or tap of a button.
Philip Guston Now
Oct. 23, 2022–Jan. 16, 2023, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org
The first retrospective of the influential artist’s work in nearly two decades arrives in Texas. Philip Guston was one of America’s greatest modern painters. He bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative while engaging explicitly with social injustice. Exhibition highlights include foundational paintings from the 1930s that have never been on public view; a cycle of major abstract paintings of the 1950s; and a reunion of the controversial paintings from Guston’s groundbreaking 1970 show at Marlborough Gallery in New York. The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tate Modern, London; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Walter De Maria: Boxes for Meaningless Work
Oct 29, 2022 – Apr 23, 2023, Menil Collection, menil.org
It’s fitting that the Menil Collection staged the first museum exhibition to survey the work of influential American artist and composer Walter De Maria (1935–2013). The Menil has significant holdings of De Maria’s work, some of which will be on public display for the first time in the the show which draws its title from the artist’s early interest in the concept of “meaningless work.” A pioneer of conceptual art De Maria once stated that he wanted to make art about arbitrary and sometimes humorous actions and playful gestures lacking any productive outcome. Radically simple in their modest materials and construction, the resulting works embody the nascent ideas that led to development of the Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Earth Art movements later in the decade.
Sept. 8, 2022 – July 30, 2023, Ruby City, rubycity.org
Ruby City unveils a new installation of its permanent collection galleries. The exhibition will feature approximately 50 works by national and international artists including Chuck Ramirez,Rick Lowe, Dario Robleto, Teresita Fernández, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Doris Salcedo, Mona Hatoum, Sir Isaac Julian, and Nina Katchadourian. “Tangible/Nothing” explores how the invisible or the seemingly mundane can reveal great meaning.
Luis Valderas: The Sacred Portal of Amaxctli (place where the waters split)
Sep 8, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023, ArtPace, artpace.org
San Antonio artist Luis Valders creates an installation inspired by ancient portals opened by Mesoamerican shamans. Drawing from Zapotec sculpture imagery, Valderas made figureheads of Styrofoam wrapped in brown paper representing Aztec deities.
True Believers: Benny Andrews & Deborah Roberts
Oct. 6, 2022 – Jan. 22, 2023, McNay Art Museum, mcnayart.org
A historic and contemporary view of the Black experience in America through the work of two artists from different generations, both of whom use collage. Benny Andrews (1930-2006) and Austin’s Deborah Roberts (b. 1962) also share and interest in themes of activism, racial injustice, family, and religion.