Ok, these are both in El Paso. As unfortunately happens they are both on the same night.
At the Rubin Center at UTEP is a huge three ring circus of a show focused on different aspects of working with textile. One gallery features a show called Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions which according to the release will focus on “performative knitting practices (who writes words like performative, and what have they done with our language) in the creation of avant-garde art”. This will feature artists like Adrian Esparza from here, Rachel Gomme who is flying in from England, and Mark Newport, among others. Another gallery will feature traditional Bhutanese textiles. These were presumably made by performative artists not in pursuit of avant garde art. A third large space will be given over to Monica Bengoa who is flying in form Chile to install her piece called The Third Lie: Chromatic Deflections. This will combine text, handcrafted embroideries and drawing in a site-specific piece.
This should be a really exciting show exploring varieties of textile use and it is a treat for us in El Paso to have these artists come in to install their work. Rubin Center-5-8 pm
El Paso Museum of Art opens a show and artists reception for Gabriel Villa on the same evening at 5:30. Villa, who was born and raised in El Paso currently lives in Chicago where he will be part of a number of upcoming shows. Here he is showing 5 large portrait drawings and 18 smaller pieces all focused on the human form and inner psyche according to the release. The portraits are realistic portraits of people from Villa’s neighborhood. The artist will be present for a talk as well as the reception. EPMA-5:30.