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Brown Foundation Gallery

Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

On View: April 27 – August 3, 2014

Opening Reception:Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 6:30-9PM

For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has developed an epic narrative surrounding the “Mounds” and a cast of colorful—and often not so colorful—characters who populate a wildly fantastic, invented landscape. The artist’s use of vivid imagery and mythology has not only earned him national and international recognition, but has also revealed a fascination with the foundation of his practice. What emerges upon further examination is a wide-range of influences including comics, graphic novels, cartoons, music, and film. While Hancock’s paintings have become the focal point for investigation, his drawings–both discrete and monumental– have not been explored in depth before now. 

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Melanie Smith/Rafael Ortega, "Bulto-Highway / Dune Pac Sequence (still)," 2011. Video, 2:57 minutes. Courtesy the artist.

Zilkha Gallery

Melanie Smith

On View: March 22 – June 15, 2014

Opening Reception:Friday, March 21, 2014 | 6:30-9PM

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present video and sculpture by Mexico City-based artist Melanie Smith. CAMH's exhibition focuses on three video-based installation works: Xilitla: Dismantled 1; Bulto: Fragments; and Elevator (2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively). Working in cinematic installations since the late 1990s, Smith, as an English-born artist living in Mexico, initially took an almost ethnographic approach to the eccentricities of the sprawling, chaotic mass of her adopted home city, considering as worthy of critical examination the markets full of plastic and the shear physical expanse of the massive metropolis. Since 2010 her works have grown less analytical and increasingly poetic, sensual, and surreal.

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Joseph Havel, "Endless", 2013.

Front Lawn

Art on the Lawn: Joseph Havel

On View: July 19, 2013 – April 30, 2014

Opening Reception:Friday, July 19, 2013 | 6:00PM

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present a new site-specific work by Houston-based sculptor Joseph Havel. For the third installation in CAMH’s Art on the Lawn series, Havel has created an “endless column” of books. Endless (2013), made from books cast in bronze and resin, emerges from the centerpiece of the Museum’s lawn, the Ballard Fountain. The column of books, cast from a stack of Sotheby's auction catalogues among others, stands almost 20 feet high and gradually transitions from bronze to translucent resin. Join CAMH on Friday, July 19, for the official debut of Endless during the opening reception for Graphic Design—Now in Production, 7-9PM. 

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Cullen Education Resource Room

The Evolution of Neglect: Scenes of Ruin and Ruins from The Menil Collection

On View: March 15 – April 27, 2014

Opening Reception:Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 5:30PM

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's Teen Council presents The Evolution of Neglect: Scenes of Ruin and Ruins from The Menil Collection, featuring a selection of photographs by fifteen artists. Through varying scenes that portray subtle signs of existence to depictions of barren landscapes, the exhibition traces the complex narrative of an evolving world through images of life and lifelessness.

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