For her exhibit "The Stand," now appearing at Lawndale Art Center, local artist Lily Cox-Richard looks to the "supporting" elements of sculpture - the less-noticed elements like buttresses and props - to see if they can sustain historical meaning alone. "The departure point for much of my work has been the moment at which this commemoration begins to dwarf the original experience or event," she explains. To create one of her plaster sculptures, for example, she looked to a famed 19th-century work that depicts a Native-American woman fleeing Western occupation, her skirt brushing against a tree trunk. Cox-Richard's homage includes just the trunk, and a bit of skirt. This, she explains, "is as good a monument to a conquered frontier and to the fetishized 'ruin,' as the original work." There's an opening reception 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 7. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 12. 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: May 7. Continues through June 12, 2010