"Extra! Extra!" Read all about it. Civil rights, freedom of the press plus contemporary art mash up at Kallinen Contempoarary.

Catherine D. Anspon
August 29, 2013

Rarely have the legal and the art worlds collided. Until now.

Cue Randall Kallinen. His year-old, eponymous gallery on Houston’s gritty east side is a law office by day, an art space on weekends. Now Kallinen mounts his first show that speaks directly to his practice as an abogado representing civil rights cases: “Extra! Extra!” opens this weekend (Saturday, August 31, 7 pm) with considerable bravado, including a live news conference featuring lightning-rod reporter Wayne Dolcefino at 7:30 pm. The connecting motif among the 40-plus (mostly) underknown visualists serving up artworks — a confrontation of the media’s morphing role in news delivery. Highly recommended: For those in town this weekend, the show promises to deliver both a sideshow as well as charged content of police brutality, its translation into the courtroom, and the press’ role in inflating or ignoring the story. Not since Lawndale back in the day — Kallinen Contemporary’s raw, scrappy, cavernous and historic interiors possess an authenticity and power reminiscent of that art space in its original form — have we had artists running wild with such provocation (including the proprietor himself, Señor Kallinen). Kallinen Contemporary, 511 Broadway, 713.320.3785.