Lawndale News in Houston

/// Closing Soon! ///

On view through June 2, 2019
Image: Anthony Friedkin Jim and Mundo Montebello East Los Angeles 1972. From The Gay Essay, 1969-73. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Gift of Anthony Friedkin. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the
USC Libraries. Courtesy of Anthony Friedkin
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz
Lawndale presentation organized in collaboration with Latino Art Now! (LAN!) and Inter-University Program for Latino Research at the University of Houston. 
Exhibition tour organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).
John M. O’Quinn and Cecily E. Horton Galleries

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a traveling exhibition that explores the intersections among a network of over fifty artists. This historical exhibition is the first of its kind to excavate histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange by a group of Los Angeles based queer Chicanx artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s. While the exhibition’s heart looks at the work of Chicanx artists in Los Angeles, it reveals extensive new research into the collaborative networks that connected these artists to one another and to artists from many different communities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and international urban centers, thus deepening and expanding narratives about the development of the Chicano Art Movement, performance art, and queer aesthetics and practices. 

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty to encourage ambitious research and exhibitions at Southern California cultural institutions. The exhibition is organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and organized as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). Lead support for Axis Mundo is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by The Calamus Foundation of New York, Inc., the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts-the City’s Arts Division and Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission, Kathleen Garfield, the ONE Archives Foundation, the USC Libraries, and the Luis Balmaseda Fund for Gay & Lesbian Archives, administered by the California Community Foundation. Funding for the exhibition tour has been provided by the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.

Organized in collaboration with Latino Art Now! (LAN!) and Inter-University Program for Latino Research at the University of Houston. Additional support has been made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Image courtesy of the artists.
Carlos Rosales-Silva and Eric Santoscoy-Mckillip
Place, Color y Sand
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Carlos Rosales-Silva and Eric Santoscoy-Mckillip both use sand, color, and place to trace and confront their personal histories and identities within the Latinx, Mexican-American, and Chicanx Cultures. In Place, Color y Sand, Rosales-Silva and Santoscoy-Mckillip have a conversation of these formal and conceptual intersections of their work through the display of paintings, wall sculptures, and a collaborative mural.

Summer Exhibitions


On view from Friday, June 21 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 2019
5 – 6 PM Member Preview Hour
6 – 8 PM General Opening Reception
Image courtesy of Robert Hodge.
2018/19 Artist Studio Program Exhibition
featuring Robert Hodge, Julia Barbosa Landois,
and John Pluecker
Curated by Laura August
John M. O’Quinn Gallery
The Artist Studio Program supports three artists annually with an honorarium, project grant, studio space, and curatorial support, culminating with an exhibition of the artists’ new works.
Image courtesy of the artist.
Preetika Rajgariah
I Aint Sari
Cecily E. Horton Gallery
A play on words referencing hip-hop culture, Preetika Rajgariah’s I Ain’t Sari presents an impactful visualization regarding women, race, and sexuality. Utilizing bold combinations of colors and textures, the viewer is drawn into the space to see brightly painted walls, intricately manipulated saris draped in nontraditional ways, and bodily sculptures filling the space that the audience must navigate through.
Image courtesy of the artist..
Jonathan Molina-Garcia
The Bethesda Brotherhood
Project Space
The Bethesda Brotherhood shadows self-identified, HIV-positive men over 50 years of age, whom the artist met on a gay cruising website. Taking their shared HIV status as a starting point, the project includes photographic prints, performances for the camera, and book media that emerge out of the intergenerational exchange of knowledge and understanding at the crux of their interactions.
Image courtesy of the artist.
Michael Bhichitkul
Parading Rain
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Beginning with the phrase, “Don’t rain on my parade…” and combined with current explorations of using water as a medium, outdoor installation Parading Rain twists the banal and usual in an absurd way. The displacement of objects reveals the absurdity of their existence, activating new ways of experiencing the commonplace.
/// Public Programs & Events ///
Family Day: Summer 2019
Saturday, June 22
12 – 2 PM
Lawndale invites you to our summer Family Day on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 12 – 2 PM for an afternoon of free hands-on art activities. We welcome all to get inspired by our summer exhibitions while exploring an array of art supplies to create your own one-of-a-kind artwork!
Continue the fun! Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) will also be hosting a midday fun with their Community Celebration from 11 AM – 2 PM.
Julia Barbosa Landois, Mom Said, Silkscreen print, 12.5 x 8″. Featured in LLL’s 2018/19 Collection.
Lawndale Lending Library: Summer Lending Round
June 8 – August 31, 2019
LLL Membership: $125/$100 Lawndale Members
The Lawndale Lending Library (LLL) is an arts lending library which, for its inaugural 2018/19 year, features the work of select The Big Show 2018 artists. Our 2019 Summer Lending Round runs from early June to late August, followed by a fall LLL Silent Auction.
Not at an LLL member yet? Click here to join and gain exclusive access to artwork by select The Big Show 2018 artists to borrow over the course of this year. 
For more information on the LLL, visit our website here or reach out to Emily Fens at or 713-528-5858.
/// A little “Big” update ///
The Big Show: Summer 2020
The Big Show must go on: a little “big” update on Lawndale’s beloved exhibition! 
The 2018 Big Show, which took place last fall, was hugely successful: we had dozens of talented artists participate and significant engagement with the community. From artworks featured in The Big Show 2018, we launched the first Lawndale Lending Library, which has served as a platform to build relationships between art lovers and artists in the Houston region. The Big Show will take a brief hiatus in 2019, to resume summer 2020. We are thrilled about our plans for The Big Show 2020, so keep your eyes peeled for more information as we work to make it the best yet!  
Until then, we invite you to enjoy our upcoming exhibitions, public programs, and events within the next few months! For more information, please visit our website or Facebook page.
Gallery Hours
Wed – Fri 12 – 6 PM
Sat 11 AM – 5 PM
Sun 12 – 3 PM
Lawndale’s exhibitions and programs are produced with generous support from The Brown Foundation, Inc.; David R. Graham/Felvis Foundation; the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; Houston Endowment; Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; the Texas Commission on the Arts; The City of Houston; and The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
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