Houston Entertainment. Houston’s Endless Visual Arts Collections
While Houston may have borrowed heavily from other cultures in defining itself, its museums, from the exquisite to the quirky, present their collections for endless entertainment. Whether you want a quiet corner to think deeply about the exquisite artwork or you prefer an exhibit that encourages your participation and interaction, you will find it here. For those interested in visual arts, visiting or well rooted in Houston, TX:
Neverland, an art happening is a 1 night mixed-media art exhibition & dance-a-thon in homage to the King of Pop. Featuring live music, video art, video projections, & visual art, Neverland is a DIY celebration of the fantastic---- sequined gloves, the moonwalk, bubbles, and soulfulness. Live music/ video art/ visual art/ dance/performance Nectarine/ DJ Shundrick/ Sweft Feet Dance Co. presented by labotanica & SPAMMO in collaboration with El Rincon Social. Friday, July 17th, 9pm.
Body Language, an exhibition of photography and prints by the artists of WIVLA (Women in the Visual and Literary Arts) will be on view June 25 – September 19, Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM, at the Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay Street, Houston.
On Friday, June 26, 2009 Aerosol Warfare Gallery will host "Blow Up Houston", a unique exhibition that showcases customized Jamungo Blow Up Dolls created by local artists. Through a “first-come – first-served” open call, 50 “Blow Up Dolls” were obtained by local artists, photographers, graphic designers, and other creative types with the mission of customizing their dolls and bringing them to life! The result? A dynamic exhibition: “Blow Up Houston”!
Join William Reaves Fine Art this summer for the gallery's revolving survey of works by thirty-five early Texas painters. A Texas Sampler offers a fun and interesting summer selection of vintage paintings, including fresh new works as well as some of our favorites from exhibitions past. Featured are period works by: David Adickes, John Biggers,Lamar Briggs,Jack Boynton,Charles Criner,Dorothy Hood, Herb Mears, Richard Stout and Stella Sullivan. These works are combined with vintage works by mid-century masters from across the state, including: Bill Reily, McKie Trotter and Joseph Polley Paine. Additional twentieth century works include Jose Arpa, Frederick Browne, Fred Darge and Royston Nave. Rounding out the exhibition are contemporary works by the gallery's Texas Aesthetic group, including Jon Flaming, Hunter George, Robert Harrison, Erik Sprohge and William Young. A Texas Sampler opens June 26 and closes on August 15, 2009 with selections changing periodically throughout the summer.
The University of Houston - Clear Lake Art Gallery presents an exhibition by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump. The artist creates paintings on clear acrylic. This unusual choice of a painting surface offers the artist seemingly endless possibilities for expression and creative exploration. Clear acrylic is a perfect medium for expressing the artist’s thematic concerns; time and motion in conjunction with the more translucent elements of nature such as water, air and light. Smithers-Crump creates surfaces on both the front and back sides of the acrylic. On view July 6 through September 4.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston presents ( amongst others) two distinguished photographic collections : Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988—2008 and Ways of Seeing: The Photography of Ishimoto Yasuhiro.
Amy Blakemore, originally trained in documentary traditions, in the mid-1980s Blakemore embraced the highly idiosyncratic Diana camera, black-and-white film, and the informal format and compositions of snapshot photographs. At the same time, however, she brought to her practice a rigorous sense of composition and masterful printing techniques, drawing a nuanced range of tones and an exceptional degree of resolution from her negatives. In the mid-1990s, she made the transition to color work through a series of highly abstract landscapes, incorporating elements of the land, sea, and sky. By the end of the decade, a series of family portraits and views of her native Tulsa introduced a new element of intimacy into her work. Blakemore´s most recent photographs concentrate again on the figure—whether randomly captured or formally posed.
Ways of Seeing celebrates the major gift to the MFAH by Japanese artist Ishimoto Yasuhiro of nearly 300 of his photographs. Trained by Harry Callahan at the "New Bauhaus" in Chicago, Ishimoto (born 1921) is widely acknowledged as the most influential Japanese photographer of his generation in the development of postwar Japanese photography.