Looking for something to do on Friday? We recommend "Countenance," Kyle Farley's show of his new work at Redbud Gallery in the Heights. One of the strongest images in the show is one of the more straightforward pieces. In Untitled (Navajo Swastikas), there are no lights, no complex parts, just the black and white digital print of a basketball team on wooden boards seemingly ripped from an old basketball court. On their uniforms, the players sport the image of a swastika. But these aren't German Nazis. They're Navajos, circa 1909, before the swastika was adopted as a symbol of the Nazi party. It's a powerful photo, made all the more so by Farley's unique composition and materials.
There's lots more to see among the large mixed-media works, comprised of found materials, from bedsprings and wooden floor pieces to the images themselves.
"Kyle Farley: Countenance" is at Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The exhibit continues through August 27. For more information, visit the gallery's website or call 713-862-2532.
On Saturday you can rub shoulders with James Turrell at the opening of his new exhibit, "James Turrell: Holograms." Turrell will be at the show's opening reception, starting at 11 a.m. The Hiram Butler Gallery scored a coup with the show. Not only is this the first time holograms by the famed artist will be shown in Texas, the exhibit is a preview of sorts to the retrospectives of his work being simultaneously mounted next April by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Those upcoming shows mean gallery owner Hiram Butler is still negotiating the exhibit's final lineup. "We believe we're going to get seven holograms for the show. We're sort of wrestling with the L.A. County Museum at the moment about that," he laughs. The Arizona-based Turrell stands head and shoulders above other light and space artists, according to Butler. "The thing that distinguished James from the others is that he gave light concrete form. These holograms are perfect examples of that, where light is given a three-dimensional physical form."
There's an opening reception, with Turrell in attendance, Saturday at 11 a.m. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through August 15. 4520 Blossom. For information, visit the gallery's website or call 713-863-7097.
There are two authors in town on Saturday. Martin Limón, who will be signing his new release, The Joy Brigade, and Maria Dueñas, who will be signing her international best-seller The Time in Between. Limón is first and foremost a storyteller; that his stories happen to include a few dead bodies and secret agents is incidental. Joy Brigade is Limón's ninth installment in his series featuring Sergeant George Sueño, a U.S. army soldier stationed in Korea. It's the early 1970s, and Sueño has been tasked with retrieving a map of the secret tunnels that snake under the DMZ. Don't worry if you haven't read the previous entries in this series; each story is complete on its own.
The trade paperback edition of Dueñas's The Time in Between checks in at a hefty 620-plus pages. Dueñas takes her time telling protagonist Sira's story. It's the 1940s and Sira finds herself in Tangiers, pregnant, broke and alone after a whirlwind romance. To make ends meet, Sira opens a dress shop of her own. Soon she's mingling with the city's wealthiest residents as rich women flock to her shop. But Sira is doing more than making dresses. She's pumping clients for information and passing the intelligence she gathers along to the British Secret Service.
See Limón Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, visit the store's website or call 713-524-8597. Dueñas stops off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Blue Willow Bookshop, at 14532 Memorial, to discuss and sign The Time in Between. For information, visit the shop's website or call 281-497-8675.
On Sunday families can enjoy Fantasies and Fairytales at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum Rienzi. Amid Rienzi's historical setting, kids can explore fairy tales from different cultures or create and act out their own stories. Older kids can also participate in creative writing workshops led by Rice University's Literacy and Culture Project, fashioning their own tales of adventures and legends of heroes and villains.
Sunday's Family Art Workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rienzi, 1406 Kirby. For information, visit the museum's website or call 713-639-7800. Space is limited, so call ahead to make reservations.
Meredith Deliso contributed to this post.