''Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know''

Station Museum of Contemporary Art, a past Best Museum winner in the Houston Press Best of Houston® awards, built its reputation by showing provocative international artists. That's changed recently. Not the provocative part, that's still true. But instead of international artists, Station is currently focusing on local talent. ''Our show 'HX8' was our first show of Houston artists,'' says curator Tim Gonzalez. He calls the museum's new exhibit, ''Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know,'' a continuation of ''HX8.'' It’s a sort of ''HX21,'' if you will.

''This time we wanted to focus on our street artists, our muralists, our graffiti artists. In their own right, they bring a social awareness to the community. Bringing them into more of a museum setting, it changes things. It elevates their work to fine art. It gives them the respect that they deserve and legitimizes their work.'' (Not that all of the painters participating in the exhibit are new to museums and legit galleries. Daniel Anguilu, for example, was part of the ''Flying Solo'' show at Art League Houston last year.)

The 21 participating artists include The Death Head, originally from Houston but recently relocated to San Antonio. ''His work has more content than [what most people think of with graffiti artists]. He talks about commercialism, about our society in general and how it's being taken over by [consumerism].'' The exhibit also includes KC Ortiz's video tribute to the late Houston-born graffiti writer NEKST.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through August 25. 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit stationmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 25. Continues through Aug. 25, 2013

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Olivia Flores Alvarez