Arts picks, June 20-26
“Flatbed Summer Selections.” Since 1990 Flatbed Press has worked with more than 200 artists to create etchings, lithographs, relief prints and monotypes. A summer exhibit includes Lilianna Porter, Dan Rizzie, Liz Ward, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lee Smith, Keith Carter, Kelly Fearing, Luis Jimenez, Ken Hale, Pete Duggins, Sterling Allen, Celia Muñoz, James Surls and others. Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Sept. 13. Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. 512-477-9328. www.flatbedpress.com
“Books: Kevin McNamee-Tweed.” Last year the Austin artist offered his history of the origins of humanity brilliantly and humorously sketched out on rocks. Now, McNamee-Tweed maps out his wry observations on the history of culture with a series of new drawings of imagined books installed as an ersatz bookstore complete with checkout counter with hand-made fake ephemera and real hanging plants. Opening: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. CoLab Project Space, 613 Allen St. Free. www.kevinmcnameetweed.com.
“In the Company of Cats and Dogs.” Calling all cat and dog lovers. Drawing on research from several disciplines in the humanities and sciences — including anthrozoology, a new discipline that studies the interactions between humans and other animals — a new exhibit organized by the Blanton Museum of Art considers some of the inherent personalities of cats and dogs and as well as those imposed or projected by humans onto them. Featured are more than 160 works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, William Blake, Francisco Goya, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Louise Bourgeois along with Egyptian sculpture, Chinese and Pre-Columbian ceramics and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Opens Sunday and continues through Sept. 21. Museum hours: 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Third Thursdays of the month until 9 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $5-$9 (Free on Thursdays). 512-471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org