Photo by Julie Soefer

AS SHE PREPARES to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her namesake gallery, Barbara Davis reflects on her trailblazing career. She's pretty much the Grand Dame of the Houston art world at this point, having weathered many a storm — literal and figurative — and launched the careers of several important artists.

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Michael Ray Charles

AFTER NEARLY A year without gallery openings and with museum programs gone virtual, it feels encouraging to be back in close proximity to the local arts community, relatively speaking. Fifteen Houston-based artists — many of whom share the same social circle in "normal" times — are brought together again in Carriers: The Body as a Site of Danger and Desire at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, on view through March 14. The featured works demonstrate how each artist examines the role of the body and its connectivity to the circumstances of a global pandemic, longing for contact during isolation, as well as the resurfacing of racial tension across the US.

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"Muscle Chair (Laying down to talk)" by Jessi Reaves

NEARLY A YEAR after closing its doors due to the safety concerns of Covid-19, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will finally return on Feb. 18. The extended closure presented an opportunity for the museum to undergo renovations, funded by a 2018 capital campaign that raised more than $3 mil to improve interior infrastructure and redesign the Eleanor and Frank Freed Garden. The reopening coincides with the opening of its latest exhibition, Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves. Three years in the making, the show is organized by curator Rebecca Matalon.

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