Let There Be Light: Houston talent James Ciosek plays around with plastic films, the concept of chaos, and deep-space exploration. His unearthly sculptural light-based creations signal an “Opalescent Order” at Zoya Tommy Gallery (May 7 – 28).
Going Underground: The bowels of the earth are the subject for internationally exhibited, NYC-based Donald Lipski — the perfect artist to take on the pubic art project for The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park. The unveiling of the underground artwork within the century-old architectural ruin is set for Tuesday, May 10.
Dinner in the Field: Reserve your place for the first-ever dinner at the remarkable studio of Nestor Topchy. The Sundown Supper Benefit Sunday, June 5, will be prepared by chef Ara Malekian, inspired by bounty from Urban Harvest. The evening funds Topchy’s visionary endeavor to drop shipping containers along the bayou and create an immersive environment incorporating performance, studios, art and farmers markets and even a women’s health clinic run by Baylor College of Medicine. (Tickets $250, firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here.
Time Travel: Silver Street Studios-headquartered Justin Garcia is mining time travel, industrial relics, string theory and other arcane scientific theories. See his latest canvases, alongside intriguing diagrams of the universe (May 12 – 26, talk Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm).
Did You Say Degas?: The most cerebral and modern of the Impressionists gallops to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, come October for “Degas: A New Vision,” the first look in three decades at the groundbreaking painter whose views of modern life paired with oblique angles reflect the influence of Japanese woodblocks as well as the then-new media of photography (October 16 – January 8). The MFAH is the only American venue for this blockbuster, which also includes rare photographs made by the artist, circa 1895, and Degas’ sumptuous and often psychologically probing paintings. MFAH director Gary Tinterow contributes a catalog essay and also serves as the exhibition’s co-curator, while the MFAH co-organizes with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
XX for Miz Tish: 4411 Montrose gallerist Anya Tish toasts 20 years in the biz with “XX#1” (through May 28). Back-to-back anniversary shows extend to the summer, also serving up a bit of Houston art history. Don’t miss H.J. Bott’s timeless late-1970s canvas, an ode to his Displacement of Volume principles.
Road Trip: If you’re Austin bound, make tracks to former Houston architect Troy Campa’s new space, CamibaArt in the Flatbed Press complex. McKay Otto continues his trans-dimensional paintings in the ethereally titled “Ever or Ever” (through May 14).
Archetypes Among Us + the New Surreal: Becky Soria, a Houston painter who deserves greater recognition, presents her feminist take on the myth of the earth mother and the goddess, at the perfect venue: The Jung Center (May 3 – 31, reception Saturday, May 7) … Venice Biennale-exhibited sculptor Katrina Moorhead, one of the best ever from the crop of Glassell School Core Fellows, solos at longtime dealer Inman Gallery in “The Stars and Us.” Moorhead’s restrained practice is imbued with vapor and deserves its own room at The Menil Collection. For Moorhead images and more, peruse the art channel at papercitymag.com.