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1. Planned, Organized and Established: Houston Artist Cooperatives in the 1930s Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library | Through November 9, 2017 What was it like for artists in Houston in the 1930s? This exhibition attempts to answer that question through the lens of two cooperatives: the Negro Art Guild (NAG), which was estab- lished by black Houstonians years before John Biggers came to start the art department at TSU; and the Houston Artists Gallery (HAG), established by Grace Spaulding John and other white women. (We have to wonder if the HAGs weren’t making a joke at their own expense with the selection of their name...) This exhibition will present the histories of these two sepa- rate-but-parallel artist organizations in order to reintroduce Houstonians to the local art of the time, and also to explore the impact of segregation on the cultural life of the city. www.houstonlibrary.org/location/julia-ideson-building 2. Gabriel de la Mora: Crystals of Inevidence | Sicardi Gallery September 7–October 19, 2017 de la Mora’s early training as an architect is evident in his orderly, elegant works of collected ephemera like chips of paint and hair. This is his first show at Sicardi since 2014, and it will feature a new body of work using microscope coverslips. These precisely arranged rectangles of transparent plastic, some in primary colors, some clear, reference modernist abstraction, while drawing on his interest in found objects that have been emptied of their original purpose and meaning. www.sicardi.com 3. Melinda Laszczynski: Milk Money Honey | Box 13 | Through September 9 Do yourself a favor and catch this one last, relaxing, guilty summer pleasure that’s billed as “part window display and part peep show” before the fall season kicks in. Laszczynski has gathered junk and studio objects, the whole of which showcases the cheap thrill of its individ- ual parts. Think abandoned pool inflatables, plastic toys from the dollar store that never stood a chance, and curls of dried paint from the inside of jars www.box13artspace.com 4. Lines Drawn | DiverseWorks | September 23–November 18, 2017 Organized by Xandra Eden, the director of DiverseWorks, this group exhibition will include politically tinged work by a variety of artists working in prints, drawings, video and perfor- mance. There will be workshops for making zines and posters, readings, performances and public conversations. Expect works about nationalism, borders, xenophobia and isolationism. This could be one of the most important exhibitions this fall in Houston. www.diverseworks.org 5. Stories Told | Inman Gallery | Through September 9 This group show of figurative paintings by women artists was inspired by the work of Angela Fraleigh, a longtime Inman Gallery artist known for her luscious, dramatic works drawn from classical imagery. Rosa Loy’s naif compositions that conjure old textbook illustrations infused with magical realism are a particular standout, as are Sara McEneaney’s crudely compelling seaweed bath pictures. A thoughtful show. www.inmangallery.com september 17 | L O C A L 53