We all have our aesthetic prejudices, art troopers, and this is never more apparent than during Contemporary Art Month, when, if we're diligent and adventurous, we'll encounter at least a few installations or works that make us say, "Come on!" If you're suspicious of sound art, this week's recommended events include the perfect opportunity to stretch your boundaries: Decide for yourself whether artists can "sculpt" sound into revelatory "objects" at Pulling a Folk Thread from the Ether Quilt, Texas artist Justin Boyd's installation at Sala Diaz, comprised of modulated samples of American roots music. The opening reception is 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 22, 517 Stieren.
Painter Charlie Morris abandoned his disciplined abstract paintings for political allegory in his one-man show at REM Gallery last year. Find out what he's up to now at Medusa Gallery in a three-person show that includes local artists Lawrence Jennings and Chicago-based Julia Oldham. The opening reception is 7-11 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 203 N. Presa.
UTSA graduate students have put their stamp on San Antonio this year in a number of one-person and group shows, including Jerry Cabrera, Tom Hollenbeck, Richie Budd and Jimmy Kuehnle at the Satellite Space, and Judith Cottrell at Three Walls. View the art world's Generation Next in its natural habitat during the UTSA Graduate Studios Open House, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the UTSA 1604 campus, fourth floor of the Arts Building. Park in Lot 8.
Hills Snyder, Nate Cassie, Chuck Ramirez, and John Mata are a few of the artists whose work will be strung out at the Artist Kite Flight, 2-6 p.m. July 23, across the street from Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren. Bring the kids to see whose art will float like a butterfly, whose will sink in a tree.
The Blue Egg Theory Session, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Medusa Lounge, 203 N. Presa, puts art back in your ear by pairing indie rock with spoken word by the likes of Def poet Amalia Ortiz. Twist and shout, art troopers, but don't wear yourselves out because CAM will go out like a lion next week with a closing party celebrating illegal street art, a pushcart derby, and the San Antonio Underground Film Festival. Stay tuned for details, and, in the meantime, the official CAM calendar can be found at camsanantonio.org.