Last Call For Art: Graffiti, The Body And A Beauty Queen


There are two arts shows and a play that warrant your attention before they close this weekend. First is "Street Tempted," an art exhibit at Aerosol Warfare by Galveston-based artist Gabriel Prusmack. After starting as a graffiti artist about eight years ago, Prusmack has since moved on to using found objects, stencils, and installations. Paintings in the Aerosol Warfare gallery were made on found material, adhered to the walls and incorporated into larger images Prusmack painted directly on to the gallery's walls. The result is the entire room is one seamless work of art. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. 2110 Jefferson. For information, call 713-503-5714 or visit www.aerosolwarfare.com. Free.

For a slideshow from the "Street Tempted" opening night party, click here.

The other art exhibit is the Marlene Dumas: "Measuring Your Own Grave" at the Menil Collection. The South African-born artist, who has lived in Amsterdam for the last thirty years, focuses on the human body. From birth to death, Dumas's figures show love, confusion, desire and despair. "Measuring Your Own Grave" is Dumas's first mid-career exhibit ever in the United States and includes some 90 works. Get a look at Dumas's version of life and death Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.

Finally, The Beauty Queen of Leenane closes this Saturday. Referring to Beauty Queen playwright Martin McDonagh, who also wrote the gruesomely funny Lieutenant of Inishmore, Houston Press reviewer D.L. Groover wrote, "His plays are infamous for their willful violence, black-as-pitch humor and solid theatrical craftsmanship. This humdinger from 1996 has all of the above, plus a crushing sense of dread and foreboding." 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Theatre Southwest, 8944 Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $15.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez