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Hidden Exposure by Morris Malakoff
As its name indicates, Saturday's one-night only show "5iveX: An Erotic Exhibition" is for mature audiences only. Houston artists Taft McWhorter and Morris Malakoff got the idea to have an erotic art show after collaborating recently on a project featuring a nude model. For "5iveX," McWhorter, Malakoff, Tra Slaughter, Micah Simmons and Kelley Devine provide different perspectives on the nude form displaying some 30 paintings, photographs and sculptures.

Devine uses her own body as the subject matter in her collage-like pieces, which are composed of family memorabilia, paint and nude photos of the artist by John Runnels. Some of these pieces are displayed like peep shows, in self-lit boxes, so they can be viewed privately. "Since the images involved in these pieces are a bit more risqué, I felt that it would be interesting to control how the image was viewed," Devine tells us. "I wanted something intimate and concise."

The price of a ticket gets you credits toward an art purchase as well as food by Intricate Edibles, an open bar, music by the Matt Willhelm Quartet, live modeling and more. "We're pulling out the stops for this exhibit," says McWhorter. "We want to offer our guests an -experience as opposed to just the usual art exhibit."

"5iveX: An Erotic Exhibition" runs 8 to 11 p.m. Winter Street Gallery, 2101 Winter Street. For information, visit the Taft McWhorter website. $30 to $50.

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Study for Guernica (Head of a Horse) by Pablo Picasso
Sunday is your first chance to see the "Picasso: Black & White" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Throughout his career, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso experimented with wildly divergent styles, techniques, subject matter and mediums. But over the decades, he would continually return to creating works in the simplest -- and often striking -- hues of black and white. "Picasso in Black and White" features some 100 of his paintings, sculptures and drawings on paper from the years 1904 through 1970.

The show comes to Houston after its premiere at the Guggenheim in New York, largely through the efforts and friendship of MFAH Director Gary Tinterow and the exhibit's curator, Carmen Giménez. "I've known Carmen since 1984, and we've discussed this project many times over the last decade," Tinterow -- who was appointed MFAH director last year -- says. "I immediately asked if we could be the second and only other venue for the exhibit, and now we have it. It is a path-breaking and breathtaking show."
For Giménez, the limited palette of black and white (and gray) brings the talent of Picasso bursting forth. "I think within the visual impact of black and white, and gray, you see the essence of Picasso. You see the line," she offers. "Because it doesn't make any difference between drawing, painting and sculpture. His obsession is inventing, and he invents the line." And while she believes that Picasso is a great colorist, some of his greatest works lean toward the monochromatic, even during the so-called "Blue" and "Rose" periods. "Color art is not -essential," she adds. "It is not the essence of his interest."

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through May 27. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit the museum website or call 73-639-7300. $17 to $20.

Margaret Downing, Meredith Deliso, Jeff with One F and Bob Ruggiero contributed to this post.

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Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX

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Spring Street Studios

1824 Spring St., Houston, TX

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Wortham Theater Center

500 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

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Winter Street Studios

2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX

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Asia Society Texas Center

1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX

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