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MUSEUM DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY In Passing: Genevieve Gaignard THE MENIL COLLECTION Thirty Works for Thirty Years MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON David Levinthal: Photographs 1972–2016 1441 West Alabama | 713.529.4755 | www.hcponline.org 1533 Sul Ross | 713.525.9400 | www.menil.org 1001 Bissonnet | 713.639.7300 | www.mfah.org HCP is pleased to present In Passing, a solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Gaignard, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition outside California. This exhibition brings together several bodies of work made between 2015 and the present, mapping the artist’s ever-evolving performance of identity through large-format self-portraits and vernacular installations. Through an array of campy stereotypes that range from a suspicious housewife peering out a window to a Divine-esque drag queen, Gaignard interrogates her own intersectional identity as a biracial woman as well as the often murky, difficult terrain of race, class and gender in contemporary culture. At the heart of the museum’s permanent col- lection are the 10,000 art works and objects that the de Menils acquired beginning in the 1940s. Since the museum opened in 1987, the collection has nearly doubled in size. To pay tribute to the museum’s first 30 years, cura- tors selected 30 works of art to tell a unique story about the museum’s history by construct- ing a narrative that walks visitors through the past 30 years. The works from the permanent collection represent the museum’s history, the range and depth of its collection, and the close relationships that the de Menils cultivated with artists over many years New York-based photographer David Levinthal uses staged photographs of toys and other everyday objects to bring viewers face-to- face with themes central to American history, identity and consciousness. David Levinthal: Photographs 1972–2016 provides a rich overview of the artist’s work. Through the iconography of mass-produced toys, dolls and figurines, Levinthal’s photographs have probed the myth of the American West, World War II and the Holocaust, romantic and sexual desire, racial stereotyping, the heroism of sport and the futuristic fantasy of space exploration. The images range from intimately scaled prints, to large 20-by-24-inch Polaroids, to monumental inkjet prints. Through October 22. 36 L O C A L | 10 . 2017 Through January 28, 2018. Through February 19, 2018.