If you happen to be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas then you have an added bonus…and it’s…FREE (my favorite four letter word!)!! Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen have done lots of generous things for our city and here is another one! The Sculpture Garden! It’s not huge – maybe 1 acre I’d guess, but it’s nice to take a leisure stroll through the garden and see what’s there. The garden was designed by American. Isamu Noguchi, who was a famous artist himself. He was a famous sculptor, furniture maker, lamp designer and landscape architect. (Noguchi sounds like he did it ALL…well, sorta like eh um a Mom! Yes, I’m in a silly mood)
Enjoy a moment of tranquility!
Thanks for visiting and if you have any places in/near Houston you’d like me to visit, just let me know in the comment section below!
Welcome to The Museum of Fine Arts here in H-town! Come see what it has to offer on this visit with me! The above photo is of the “The Light Inside” the colors change every few minutes. The museum does a fine job of getting great exhibits along with housing the permanent exhibits.
Hope you enjoyed the trip to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts! Let me know which are YOUR favorites!!!
If you live in Houston and are planning to visit this exhibit STOP READING this post now!! I wouldn’t want to ruin any of its surprises :).
In truth, I never heard of Ron Mueck before, but I had seen some advertisements for the “hyperrealistic” artist and the latest exhibit by him at The Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston, Texas. It looked odd but interesting so off I went! Turns out Mueck is Australian born to German parents who were interestingly toy makers so he grew up making puppets and such-even did work with Jim Henson. You’ll also find his creations in Labyrinth and The Storyteller movies – who knew?! (Not me!) He worked in TV and film in the US and London prior to switching over to art in the mid 1990’s. I have to say, this is unlike anything I have ever seen – they are all so life-like its bizarre to experience!! Enjoy!
Ron Mueck Exhibit at The Museum of Fine Art Houston Texas
Young Couple – 2013
Stay tuned for more adventures and as always, I appreciate your comments and reading!
I discovered the Project Row Houses years ago in 1993 was when Rick Lowe, Founder, was just starting to launch this wonderful idea – wow, has it just snowballed into something amazing!!! I met Mr. Lowe back then and he was just such a nice guy and very passionate – I knew this would turn into to something way beyond his vision!!!All it takes is one person to create a huge community difference and fantastic change!! Mr. Lowe has since been awarded a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 2014.
They provide FREE tutoring each Monday night to students of any age who need assistance.
They have The Third Ward College Bound Project to help our future college students.
Artist Rounds are twice a year where new artists can display their works in one of the 7 houses.
(*Anything in bold, italics I have taken directly from Project Row’s website)
*”Young Mothers Program provides housing and counseling on personal growth and parenting skills, allowing these mothers to raise their children in a creative, nurturing community. This programs offers up to two years of subsidized housing in one of seven refurbished, fully furnished row houses that recall the way communities used to be – when neighbors knew each other and gave a helping hand when needed. Our ultimate goal is to support our mothers and their children in reaching their highest potentials.”
Project Row Houses and Rice Building Workshop collaborated to create a series of row house-inspired duplexes to provide affordable housing for people in the community. In 2003, Row House CDC was created to act as a sister organization of PRH to manage the Affordable Housing Program. If you are interested in the availability of these duplexes, please contact Row Houses CDC at 713.374.1210 or visit them online at rowhousecdc.org.
*”The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture.”
WARNING…SPOILER ALERT!!!! If you are in Houston and planning a visit you should STOP READING now as I have tons of photos and don’t want to ruin your visit!!! 🙂
This particular exhibit:
* Round 46 | Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at Project Row Houses
Viewing Period March 25 – June 4, 2017
What happens when individual artists use their platform for collective organizing to address challenging socio-political economic issues we face as a society? This Round will utilize the seven art houses as a platform to cultivate public dialogues about the issues that impact the lives and movement of Black People while creating space for the general public to get involved in generative ways. Throughout the houses, a collection of objects, ephemera, performance, digital and installation-based work by the many women of Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter will be installed. Some houses will be home to immersive installations of videos while other houses will create opportunities for the public to create ephemera and host meetings to respond and organize based on our current political moment while addressing issues that impact the lives of Third Ward residents.
During the incubation period, we will work with local artists to establish a chapter of BWA for BLM in Houston and to create an installation or performance based on conversations.The Houston chapter will become a part of the larger network of BWA for BLM groups that are active in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.
(Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Third Ward TX Documentary posted by Andrew Garrison)
Hope you enjoyed your trip to the Project Row Houses!
Thanks for your comments and visiting!! Thank you Rick Lowe for improving our great city!!!
Like FREE and an ever-changing display of wonderful artwork? You’ll find it here at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX (Free Parking is at Mandell St. near W. Alabama) along with some beautiful trees!!! The founders, John and Dominique de Menil have various pieces from their collection from the 1940s -1990s and continues to expand. I’ve taken my kids their since they were small and found I have a bend towards the Surrealist style but there are always plenty of other types of paintings and sculptures, Native art, Medieval, Byzantine and wonderfully old artifacts. There is something for everyone!! We’ve seen Andy Warhol’s works there before too – my son is a big fan of his works. You’re permitted to take photos in the main corridors but not in the actual display rooms but wow we would have photo overload if you could!!! This visit, Paul Cezanne’s Bather from the Back (1877-80), Edward Degas’s “Study for The Daughter of Jephtham” (1859), Robert Rauschenberg’s “Cage”(1958), “Mona Lisa” (1952), Arshille Gorky’s “Study for Agony I” (1946-47), Jackson Pollock had 6 Surreal pieces from the 1930’s and “The Mask” (1944) , Rene Margritte had “la Lunettee d’approache” (1963), “The Siren’s song” (1952), “The Heater” (1952) just to name a few but I about fell over when I saw George Herm’s “Day of Bessie Smith” (1962) as hardly anyone these days seems to know of Bessie Smith! Bessie was my Dad’s all time favorite singer and was way before her time!!! (More on Bessie in a future post). I really love this museum as it’s free for starters, they have great selection of featured artwork and you can get super close to any of the artwork (especially important for those of us with bad eyes) and it’s never packed! Great way to spend a few hours! Enjoy!
René Magritte, Belgian, 1898 – 1967
The Telescope (La lunette d’approche), 1963 (Had to snag this online as no photos allowed)