Looking beyond Sightlines’ Austin homebase, we picked museum exhibitions around the Lone Star State to see this summer.
Colette Copeland: My Jesse James Adventure
June 4 – Aug. 20, Old Jail Art Center, theojac.org
Colettte Copeland’s fascination with Jesse James hinges on her DNA kinship to the notorious outlaw. In a project spanning years, she examines fake news, gun violence, criminal celebrity, the fascination with DNA networks, and fact vs. fiction. Over the years, the project has taken the artist to sites across the US where Jesse James lived and outlawed, filming and leaving her DNA in the form of a lock of hair at each site. The resulting immersive 22-channel video installation feature a spaghetti western inspired musical score as well as an audio guide narration of original newspaper articles about the outlaw’s exploits.
Keliy Anderson-Staley: Documents and Dwellings
July 2 – Sept. 18, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, amset.org
The work of Houston-based photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley, who recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship, is characterized by her interest in family, memories, and loss. She grew up in an off-the-grid cabin in Maine, learning at age 12 her father was not her biological father, resulting in a reevaluation of her life and memories that have lasted into present day. The exhibition will include the installation of “Shelter in Place,” a 10-foot by 10-foot house structured covered in over 560 tintype portraits.
Joseph Havel: Parrot Architecture
Through Aug. 20, Dallas Contemporary, dallascontemporary.org
Houston sculptor Joseph Havel has always focused on the quotidian. Now, he turns to his everyday lived experience of the pandemic, which he experienced side-by-side with his African gray parrot, Hannah. The works on view — large-scale wall assemblages and never-before-seen resin and bronze totem-like sculptures — evolved and strengthened throughout the course of the global health crisis with the help of the artist’s pet.
Women Painting Women
Through Sept. 25, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, themodern.org
This much-anticipated thematic exhibition features 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. The 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present, from path-breakers Alice Neel and Emma Amos to today’s stars like Amy Sherald and Tracie Emin.
SLAY: Artemisia Gentileschi & Kehinde Wiley
July 19 – Oct. 10, Kimbell Art Museum, kimbellart.org
A brilliant mini-exhibition: Two paintings depicting different versions of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes — one by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and the other by American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley, know for his monumental portraits of young Black men and women placed in historical poses and settings appropriated from Old Master paintings.
Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks
debut museum solo exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (b. 1984), one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Working primarily in portraiture, Boafo is known for his vibrant use of color and thick, improvisational gestures created by his finger painting technique. His work is actively centered on Black subjectivity, Black joy, the Black gaze, and the complexities of Black life globally.
Leandro Erlich: Seeing Is Not Believing
June 26–Sept. 5, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, mfah.org
“Seeing Is Not Believing” features two of the acclaimed Argentinean artist’s most iconic immersive room-size installations: “Bâtiment (Façade)” and “Le cabinet du psy (The Psychoanalyst’s Office).” Leandro Erlich’s psychological subversion of the everyday seems to defy the basic laws of physics while challenging your sense of balance, space, and the absolute.
Hugh Hayden: Boogey Men
June 10-Sept. 4, Blaffer Art Museum, blafferartmuseum.org
Formally trained as an architect, Hugh Hayden deploys laborious processes — selecting, carving, fabricating — that result in dynamic, surreal, and critical responses to personal experience and social and cultural issues. Renowned for his use of wood — taking disparate natural species and manipulating them to reveal complex histories and meanings — Hayden crafts intricate metaphors and meditations on experience and memory that question social dynamics and the ever-shifting ecosystem. This show features a suite of monumental new works.
John Chamberlain Building
Chinati Foundation, chinati.org
In 1983, the John Chamberlain Building was the first permanent installation opened to the public by Donald Judd in Marfa. Judd transformed three separate warehouse structures into a massive, contiguous space for the display of Chamberlain’s large-scale sculptures. After two year renovation, the building re-opened in April. Admission is free through 2022.
The Blessings of the Mystery
If you didn’t catch this engaging exhibition by Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas last fall while it was at UT’s Visual Art Center, now you can see it at Ballroom Marfa, the organization that commissioned it. In a film and a series of installations, the artists probe issues relating to Indigenous people of West Texas, including environmental activism, land rights, and how information around these matters has migrated and been defined. Wrote Sightlines critic Erin Keever in her review: “Caycedo and de Rozas have helped open up the dialogue and reshape our understanding of Indigenous history in one Texas region.”
Donald Moffett + Nature Cult + The McNay
Through Sept. 11, McNay Art Museum, mcnayart.org
Celebrated painter and San Antonio native Donald Moffett returns to the hometown museum where his encounter with Georges Seurat drawing, “Silhouette de Femme,” profoundly influenced his decision to become an artist. Moffett conceived a presentation of his paintings interwoven with artworks from across the McNay’s modern and contemporary collection along with art, artifacts, and everyday objects from his home.
Also at the McNay, the exhibition “Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism” has been extended until Dec. 11. See “Georgia O’Keeffe: Rewarding Curiosity.”
Isaac Julien: True North
Through Jan. 2023, Ruby City, rubycity.org
Isaac Julien’s film installation “True North” is loosely based on the experiences of Matthew Henson (1866–1955), a Black explorer who assisted Robert Peary on his 1909 expedition to locate the northernmost point on the globe. Henson reached true north first, followed by Peary and four Inuit assistants. However upon their return, however, Peary claimed the honor for himself. Julien purposefully excludes Peary from the narrative so that viewers can experience the expedition anew with key figures who were previously erased.