Every time Memorial Hermann's Life Flight takes off and touches down, a very real human drama unfolds. Artist Sarah Sudhoff looked to those skies over Texas Medical Center and mined data from 300 flights to create her evolving "Point of Origin" project at Cindy Lisica Gallery. The collection of suspended sculptures, sound installation and embossed wall works connects viewers with our shared human experience.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Through February 9, Cindy Lisica Gallery, 4411 Montrose, Suite F, 713-807-7760, cindylisica.com.
Part nod to Rothko, Rauschenberg and the New York School with their monochromatic black paintings, while adding in cultural and musical references important to the African American experience, Robert Hodge's "The Low End Theory" has opened at David Shelton Gallery. Hodge's work includes collages that blend urban decay, lyrics, found objects and cut-out images, while his exhibition title salutes the second studio album from hip hop's A Tribe Called Quest.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through February 9, David Shelton Gallery, 4411 Montrose, Suite B, 713-393-7319, davidsheltongallery.com.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through March 16, Art of the World Gallery, 2201 Westheimer, 713-526-1201, artoftheworldgallery.com.
Houston's gallery scene experienced a growth spurt in the mid 1970s, though many newcomers chose to represent international superstars. Not so for Betty Moody who invested in local talent and found that her West Gray location had become a meeting spot for artists. Works by Lucas Johnson have been exhibited at Moody Gallery since its 1975 opening and "Selected Paintings & Drawings" will be the fifth exhibition since his death in 2002. Expect imaginary vignettes that draw from the artist's love of the ocean, nature and the human spirit.
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through February 16, Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt, 713-526-9911, moodygallery.com.
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Todd Williamson is slated to be an official exhibitor at Venice Biennale 2019 this May, but Houston gets him first. His color-filled abstracts, created by applying and removing paint in parallel lines and blocks, are being exhibited at Nicole Longnecker Gallery in "Frequency of Sound.” On view in the back gallery are freestanding and wall sculptures made of plaster and glass by Japanese artist Masako Masukata, who makes her Texas debut.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through February 16, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 2625 Colquitt, 346-800-2780, longneckergallery.com.
Take it easy, don't try to navigate Houston's traffic to hit up ten galleries all in one night, and enjoy this curated sampling in FotoFest's "The Assembly: Photography from Houston's Galleries." View works from Anya Tish Gallery (Katja Loher, Richard Tuschman), Catherine Couturier Gallery (Renate Aller, Keith Carter, S. Gayle Stevens), Cindy Lisica Gallery (Jan Rattia), Deborah Colton Gallery (Frank Rodick, Olga Tobreluts), Foto Relevance (Paul-André Larocque, Claire Rosen), Inman Gallery (Amy Blakemore, Edgar Leciejewski, Linarejos Moreno, Demetrius Oliver, Dario Robleto), Jonathan Hopson (Emily Peacock), Moody Gallery (Debra Barrera, William Christenberry, Dornith Doherty), Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino (Geraldo de Barros, Liliana Porter) and Texas Gallery (Lee Friedlander, William Wegman). A reception with gallery representatives and a few of the local artists is set for January 24 from 6-8 p.m.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, January 24-March 9, FotoFest International, 2000 Edwards, 713-223-5522, fotofest.org.
Natasha Bowdoin has been busy, busy, busy, populating the Moody Center for the Arts gallery with her larger-than-life carnivorous plants, creeping vines and springtime abundance. She layers her cartoon-like overgrowth to create both patterns and chaos, adding groovy '70s textiles and drawing inspiration from George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon to create the site-specific work, "Sideways to the Sun." Also showing in Moody Center's Spring Exhibition Openings are Justin Bruce Guariglia, "We Are the Asteroid III;" Michael Blazy, "We Were the Robots;" and Momoko Seto, "Planet [infinity]," a dystopian virtual reality experience. Rub elbows with musicians, artists and authors while eschewing climate change during A Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2019 (January 26 from 7 p.m.-1 a.m.) or attend the exhibition opening (January 25 from 6-8 p.m.).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 25-May 18, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, 6100 Main, 713-348-2787, moody.rice.edu.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, January 25-May 19, The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400, menil.org.