These art exhibits are the perfect escape from the summer heat
Looking for some indoor activities? These art exhibits are perfect for Texas summer days.
Benjamin Muñoz celebrates the resilience, strength and ambition of Chicanos through his latest works. Textured backgrounds and iconic Calavera (skull) figures honor the efforts of past generations to change the narrative and empower Chicano culture. A second-generation immigrant, Muñoz grew up in Texas. “Clean Hands” refers to a conversation he had with fellow artists descended from immigrants from Mexico. Their relatives worked in construction, mechanics and other skilled labor jobs. “Clean Hands” symbolizes the artists’ opportunities and experiences brought about by their families’ sacrifices and determination.
Where: Artspace111, 111 Hampton St.
When: Through June 17
ROBERT MOTHERWELL: PURE PAINTING
This exhibit will be the first presentation in more than 25 years to fully examine the artist’s mastery. Motherwell emerged in the New York art scene during the 1940s, doing abstract figurative works. Guest curator Susan Davidson has chosen pieces that will highlight the key series that defined Motherwell’s work and offer new insights into his evolution as an artist. The Modern has exhibited Motherwell’s work before, including in 1991, the final retrospective done during his lifetime.
Where: The Modern, 3200 Darnell St.
When: June 4-Sept. 17
LIVES OF THE GODS: DIVINITY IN MAYA ART
Almost 100 rarely seen masterpieces and recent discoveries will be on display in this exhibit. The artwork shows stages in the life cycle of the gods, from birth to their showy transformations as flowers or creatures of the night. These works were created during the Classic period (A.D. 250-900) in tropical forests of what is now Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico and depict a world where divine, human and natural realms are intertwined. Museums from Europe, the United States and Latin America loaned items for the exhibit.
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
When: Through Sept. 3
EMANCIPATION: THE UNFINISHED PROJECT OF LIBERATION
This exhibit depicts freedom for Black Americans today, 160 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond. Sculptures, photography, and paper and textile fabrications highlight the perspectives of contemporary Black artists, including Sadie Barnette, Alfred Conteh, Maya Freelon, Hugh Hayden, Letitia Huckaby, Jeffrey Meris and Sable Elyse Smith. On Saturday, June 10, three of the artists will discuss the process of creating their works. The event is free.
Where: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd,
When: Through July 9