Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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Visual Arts

Powerful, innovative art is in play this spring at local museums and galleries, including “Mirrors for Princes,” finishing its five-city international tour at Blaffer Art Museum with works by the art collective Slavs and Tatars; amazing samples of historic wood type from the collection of John Horn at The Printing Museum; and a commissioned work at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston based on artist MPA’s three-year investigation of human colonization of Mars in “THE INTERVIEW: Red, Red Future.” Lawndale Art Center’s ecominded “BioCity” continues to evolve; several galleries and museums are planning photographic exhibits to coincide with FotoFest 2016; and the third annual CounterCurrent festival kicks off in April with bold, experimental art in unexpected sites around town. That same month, Asia Society Texas Center displays the playful, light-filled abstract sculptures of Yuriko Yamaguchi, which alter as the day progresses.

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Our Changing Planet

Works by leading artists from nine different countries will be featured in FotoFest’s 16th International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Arts in a scientific and philosophical exploration of mankind’s relationship with our changing planet. “Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet” is co-curated by Wendy Watriss, Steven Evans and Frederick Baldwin and includes participation from scientists, climate researchers, public policy experts and military analysts. Programming features musical presentations, workshops, public portfolio viewings and bicycle tours throughout the Washington Avenue Arts District.

“Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet” is March 12-April 24 at multiple locations.

Sleek and Sexy

After World War I, the modern and luxurious Art Deco movement spread across Europe and overseas, influencing fashion, fine art, architecture and transportation. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new exhibit “Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” showcases 14 cars, three motorcycles, and historical images and videos from this dazzling and elegant era. Automakers, inspired by the sleek elements and streamlined look of aircraft of that era, incorporated chrome details and aerodynamic innovation into grilles, hood ornaments, headlamps, windows and instrument panels.

“Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940” is February 21 to May 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Everything Old is New Again

There’s nothing like the thrill of antiquing, but the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show takes it one step further, bringing 125 decorative and fine arts exhibitors from the United States, Canada and Europe under one roof. Formerly known as the HADA Antiques show, the rebranded event showcases room vignettes, antique furniture and designs ranging from ancient to 20th-century modern. In years past, we made a game of looking for the coolest things, with eclectic finds including a vintage map of the United States, written in Spanish and excluding Houston and Austin; a Colonial-era mannequin with real glass eyes; and a taxidermy toucan head on a stick.

The Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show is March 18-20 at George R. Brown Convention Center.