Homecoming: The 3rd Biennial TSU Art Alumni Invitational features more than the 40 works from past and present students of Texas Southern University, which has quite the list of distinguished artistic alumni. The university was the meeting ground for the collective Otabenga Jones and Associates, who were featured at the Whitney Museum in New York and recently curated Lessons from Below at The Menil Collection. It also spawned the likes of Kermit and Katie Oliver (Kermit is represented by local gallery Hooks & Epstein), Gwen Gabriel and Cedric Franklin. These artists and others will be showcased in works ranging from sculpture to oil paintings to video. Franklins charcoal drawing What if Rice Was One of Us? depicts Condoleezza Rice in the buff. Roy V. Thomass painting Earth Mother/Balance of Chaos and Contentment transports the viewer into another dimension with images of alien-like faces peering out of the canvas as figures dance in the background. And Shunshievas painting 24 Hour Man portrays a brief pause in a businessmans day as he sits slumped in a booth at an all-night diner. The exhibit runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through November 25. Texas Southern University Museum, 3100 Cleburne. For information, call 713-313-7145 or visit www.myspace.com/umusetsu. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Nov. 25, 2007