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HOUSTON’S ART SCENE HEATS UP By Emily Westbrooks SCHOOL MAY BE OUT FOR THE SUMMER AND THE HUMIDITY INDEX IS INCREASING BY THE DAY, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SHUT YOURSELF INSIDE FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. HOUSTON’S SUMMER ART SCENE IS HEATING UP ALONGSIDE THE TEMPERATURE. Downtown Poetry with New Street Banners When creative design duo ALAN KRATHAUS and FIONA MCGETTIGAN, owners of Core Design Studio, posed their idea for a new take on streetlight banners to the Downtown District team, they weren’t sure what sort of reaction they’d get. But to their delight, it’s exactly what the Downtown District was hoping to add to our city’s streets in their ongoing downtown beautification project. Before Fiona and Alan knew it, the project had grown in participation and poetry to a whopping 575 banners hung from light posts in high traffic areas downtown, running the gamut from cynical to humorous, quirky to poignant. “So many people wanted to contribute and say things about the city,” said Alan, “but only writers can bring to light the things that make our city unique.” To that end, they enlisted the editing expertise of Miah Arnold at Grackle and Grackle Literary Studio, as well as Writers in the Schools, Inprint Poetry Buskers, The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. Layered over images of Houston in white text, each banner offers a poetic description of our fair city. Banners are located on light posts downtown at Main Street, Theater District, Minute Maid Park, St. Joseph Medical Center and City Hall, and along Louisiana, Smith, Milam, Travis, McKinney, Lamar and Dallas Streets, among other locations. Museum of Drawing Launches Gallery owner APAMA MACKEY has had her hands full this spring. She has been busily working to re-open the Apama Mackey Gallery with an exhibit that focuses on the 2016 presidential election, as well as opening the Museum of Drawing’s inaugural exhibit within the gallery. Mackey is a self-proclaimed drawing enthusiast: “I just have always adored the pure draftsmanship of drawing...To me, it’s the beginning of everything. Even the beginning of a painting is drawn, if only in the mind.” And with that enthusiasm at the forefront, Mackey set out to set up the Museum of Drawing, or MOD. THE MOD’s opens its inaugural exhibit from the Panik Collective, curated by Los Angeles gallery director Matt Kennedy, which runs June 11– August 31. The Panik Collective is a team of credentialed painters, sculptors, musicians, mathematicians and curators dedicated to elevating artwork to activism. Meanwhile, the Apama Mackey Gallery takes on the presidential election with POLL(ITICS) 2016/THE DOCUMENTARY. The exhibit looks at the 2016 election cycle through the eyes of photographers, videographers, painters and print artists, and features a wall of election memorabilia, from humorous to absurd. The Museum of Drawing is located at the Apama Mackey Gallery at 628 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008. For more information, visit www.themod.org. Art Everywhere in Houston When you envision large, iconic art, like DAVID ADICKES’ We Love Houston piece off I-10 at Yale or the giant presidential heads beside I45, you don’t immediately think of them as moveable. But later this summer, We Love Houston is headed for an as yet undetermined new location, to be replaced by two even larger sculptures. continued on page 69 32 L O C A L | june 16