Gordon Parks photographed Stokely Carmichael in Watts, California in 1967.
Photo: Gordon Parks
As summer stubbornly gives way to late summer (fall in Houston), the city’s museums are welcoming an onslaught of new exhibits. The Leandro Erlich facade that proved so popular over the summer at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston — with visitors pretending to be dangling two or three stories off the ground — has just moved out, and a new series of shows is on the way before moving into the MFAH. Here are some of their upcoming shows and some others around town that should draw arts enthusiasts through the end of the year.
Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power
Parks carried many roles in his life: photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer among them. He directed the 1971 classic film Shaft, but his photographs during the civil rights years are the focus of this exhibition, particularly a series of photographs by activist Stokely Carmichael. Parks photographed Carmichael for a 1967 Life magazine profile. The show includes images used for this profile as well as many not previously shown publicly. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Oct 16, 2022 – Jan 16, 2023.
“Samuel Fosso: African Spirits”
Among the many compelling works in Afro-Atlantic Histories, which opened at the MFAH last year, was a self-portrait by Cameroonian Samuel Fosso. Fosso receives his own exhibition in the Menil Collection, which includes more than a dozen large-scale gelatin silver self-portraits, in which the photographer presents himself as a number of prominent 20th-century Black liberation figures, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. Angela Davis, Kwame Knrumah and others. His work mixes history with biography, raising questions and thoughts about race and representation. The Menil Collection, on display until January 15, 2023.
“Philip Guston Now”
The MFAH is one of four museums to participate in an exhibition featuring more than 70 paintings and more than 25 drawings by the Canadian-American artist. Guston’s work was informed by what he described as “the brutality of the world” and explored issues such as racism and anti-Semitism. The show was scheduled for summer 2020 but was postponed following the killing of George Floyd. Guston’s art is a depiction of struggle and violence. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 23, 2022-16. January 2023.
“Troy Montes-Michie: Stone of the Eye”
El Paso native Montes-Michie presents his first-ever solo museum show, Rock of Eye, which takes its name from the fashion design phrase that emphasizes the eye over the measuring tape. Montes-Michie’s work includes collages, drawings, sculptures and installations with a focus on the body, particularly the black male body, with social, cultural and fashion history running through his work. At the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston until January 29, 2023.