Best Museum Exhibits in Houston This Month: February 2022

“Mosaic of Light” by HYBYCOZO at Discovery Green | Courtesy of Discovery Green

See the latest exhibits and installations at art galleries and museums across Greater Houston in February 2022.

This month brings a new slate of opening and closing exhibitions at Houston museums and art spaces.

February is also Black History Month, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to discover exciting new works by black artists, from the LEGO landscape at the Houston Museum of African American Culture to celebrations of black women at the Lawndale Art Center and the Art League Houston, just to name a few.

Plus, you can go deeper and take a look at all the current exhibits when you check out our guide to facilities and exhibits in Greater Houston.

First look: Opening exhibits in Houston this month

Artist Ekow Nimako works on his LEGO Metropolis, now on display at HMAAC | Courtesy of the artist
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture in the Museum District | FREE – As part of the Black History Month program, HMAAC unveils two new exhibits; At Mathieu JN Baptiste’s The secret in the water (opens Friday, February 4) reflects on the interconnectedness of people and our complex labyrinths of life through paint and metal; and the monumental work entitled, Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE d’Ekow Nimako (opens Saturday, February 5) makes its first appearance outside of Canada, inviting visitors to marvel at the artist’s Afrofuturistic LEGO city that connects the medieval kingdom of Ghana to a utopian vision of an African metropolis some 1,000 years into the future.
  • Arch Gallery in Montrose | FREE – Abstract paintings and sculptures by artist Maryam Lavaf are unveiled at Nowruz – A New Beginning (opens Saturday February 5) at the Dunlavy Art Gallery this month. His works play on the spirit of Nowruz, the annual spring equinox celebrated around the world as the start of the new year.
  • Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston | FREE – The performer and anthropologist Maya Stovall unveils her latest exhibition, Razon/Reason (opens Saturday, February 5), a community-based project that relies on a working group of students, faculty, and families to explore Houston’s history and the current state of voting rights in Texas.
  • Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District – Four artists are featured in the latest Asia Society exhibition, Making a Home: Artists and Immigration (opens Saturday, February 5), exploring the deeply personal and lived experiences of immigration through various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Featured artists include Phung Huynh, Beili Liu, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya.
  • Art League Houston at Montrose | FREE – Four new exhibitions opened at the ASBL Montrose Boulevard (all four open on Friday 18 February); by Brian Ellison Spine features video interviews, photographs, performances and artifacts that celebrate black grandmothers; Entrance and exit by Bradley Kerl plays with the idea of ​​his paintings vibrant and stylized as a portal or a window; At Kathy Drago’s Late offers nearly 100 portraits of women, aged 75 and over, which reflect aging and the wisdom accumulated throughout the subjects’ lives; and Far [A Will] by Ronald Llewellyn Jones takes up residence in the sculpture garden, exploring the life paths we take as members of a global society, as well as all the hidden aspects, costs and glass ceilings we encounter in the process of road.
  • Lawndale Art Center in the Museum Quarter | FREE – The end of February sees the arrival of three new exhibitions in Lawndale (all three open on Saturday February 26); To take care highlights the work of Ryan Crowley, Loc Huynh and Jamire Williams of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program, who have spanned the realms of sculpture, drawing, painting and performance; Look at me by Ann Johnson recalls the work of artist John Biggers while spotlighting the women of the artist collective ROUX to examine family, community and black femininity; and spirit age Laredo-born artist Angelica Raquel plays with tales of folklore and family storytelling in works comprised of needle-felt sculptures, textiles, and watercolors.

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Last chance: Exhibitions close in Houston this month

“Stony the Road We Trod: A Sanctuary for Black America” by Vicki Meek | Pictured: Kevin Todora; Courtesy of Art League Houston
  • Art League Houston at Montrose | FREE – The site-specific installations exhibited in Vicki Meek’s The journey to me (ends Saturday, February 5), celebrate the work of the Art League’s 2021 Texas Artist of the Year, tracking her development as an artist with a focus on cultural memory, identity and social issues related to the African Diaspora.
  • Lawndale Art Center in the Museum Quarter | FREE – Three exhibitions end this month; David McGee’s work for The Sankofa project (ends Saturday, February 5) In Windows Facing Main Street examines the historical events leading up to our current moment of social unrest and racial reckoning; Emily Peacock: Die Laughing (ends Saturday, February 5) uses the artist’s humor and levity as a means of dealing with tragedy in photography, video, sculpture, performance and installation; and Bria Lauren: Gold was made for her (ends Saturday, February 5) is a photography project by the Third Ward-born artist that celebrates the women of South Side Houston, amplifying their voices and the voices of black women across generations who have been impacted by structural inequality. , generational narratives and political respectability.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston in the Museum District | FREE – The critically acclaimed exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and Sonic Impulse (ends Sunday, February 6), comes to an end, offering one last chance to catch over 130 works by local artists who examine the relationship between hip-hop music and its culture in relation to the troubled histories of the south and of African American. the nation as a whole.
  • The Bryan Museum in Galveston – The retrospective exhibition, José Cisneros: A colorful world in black and white (ends Sunday, February 13), explores the personal sketches, illustrations, calligraphy, cartography and glass work of the famous Mexican-born artist, who died in 2009 at the age of 99.
  • The Jung Center in the Museum Quarter | FREE – In the art gallery, visitors can take a last look at the work of Anna Mayer Pale clay (influence and contagion) (ends Tuesday, February 15), a dozen textile works created after the death of the artist’s mother in 2016 and based on fragments of paintings by Paul Klee, a favorite of Anna Mayer’s mother .
  • Houston Holocaust Museum in the Museum District – Two exhibitions close in February at the Holocaust Museum; Black List: Hollywood’s Red Scare (ends Sunday, February 20) examines the period in the 1940s when writers and directors had to defend themselves against allegations of spreading communist propaganda; and Hope: Stories of Houston Survivors (ends Sunday, February 27) brings us the testimonies and stories of Holocaust survivors from survivors and their families in Houston and Galveston.
  • Discovery Green Downtown | FREE – The downtown park says goodbye to the colorful fractals exhibited in Mosaic of Light Designed by sydney (ends Sunday February 27). Visitors can admire sculptures on the ground and hanging from the trees that illuminate and cast fascinating shadows along the Brown Promenade.

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“See Me” by Ann Johnson, exhibited at the Lawndale Art Center in February | Courtesy of Lawndale Art Center

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