Across The Street from The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston…

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)

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Adam – (1889) is a bronze piece by  Emile-Antoine Bourdelle
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Spirit of Eternal Repose – (Modeled 1898-99 and Cast 1982) by French Artist Auguste Rodin
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Two Circle Sentinel – (1961) by David Smith (stainless steel)
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The Pilgrim – (1939) a bronze piece by Marino Marini
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New Forms (1991-92) is a bronze by Tony Cragg
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Decanter – (1987) by Frank Stella (This is my personal favorite)
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Flora, Nude  – (1910 – Cast 1960-65) by Aristide Maillol
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The Large Horse – (1914) by Raymond Duchamp-Villon (I really like this piece a lot too!)

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!

Elizabeth and Max (The Dog Artist) 🙂

 

 

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas

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.

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You’ll find this Joan Miro piece outside the front of the museum.  (1968-81) Titled Oiseau (Bird) (Note:  Houston also has another, colorful Miro piece in downtown Houston called Personage and Birds located in front of the JP Morgan Chase Building)
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You’ll see Warhol in the lobby area of the entrance
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Interested in this kind of thing – here ya go!
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Jackson Pollock’s “Number 6” (1949)
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Franz Kline’s “Orange and Black Wall” (1959)
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Willem De Kooning’s “Figure in a Landscape” (1966)
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I LOVE this piece by Louis Comfort Tiffany made by Tiffany Studios!!!! It’s stunning! “A Wooden Landscape in Three Panels” (1905)
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Arthur B. Carles’s Untitled (Cubist Still Life) (1935)
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Bet you can guess???…Georgia O’Keeffe’s “From Pink Shell” (1931)
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Abraham Bloemaert’s “The Gateway to a Town” (1630) – Hard to imagine this is soooo old!!!
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What’s a museum without Vincent van Gogh? “Cottage” (1885)
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Pablo Picasso (One of my personal favorites) “Woman With a Large Hat” (1962) (Here he portray’s his second wife, Jacqueline Roque.
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“The Corn Poppy” by Kees van Dongen (1919) I just think is sort of mesmerizing for some reason. Maybe I just like her hat and huge eyes.
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Claude Monet – “Water Lilies (Nympeas) (1907)
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Henri Matisse “Le Chant (The Song)” (1938)
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Jean-Baptiste Oudry “Allegory of Europe” (1722) – I love the odd mixtures found in this painting – has a little something for everyone!
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The Exhibit Cloth of Silk, Cloth of Color

Hope you enjoyed the trip to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts! Let me know which are YOUR favorites!!!

Museum Conquerors,

Elizabeth and Max

Crazy, Odd Exhibit at The Museum of Fine Art in Houston, TX – Ron Mueck

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!

Young Couple – 2013

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Untitled (Seated Woman) 1999
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Crouching Boy In Mirror (1999-2002)
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Two Women (2005)
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A Girl (2006)
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Had to get the other visitors in the shot to show the SIZE!!!

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Still LIfe (2009)
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Youth (2009)
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I didn’t want to completely freak out any of you that may have been reading while drinking hot coffee, but had I posted this photo from the OTHER angle you would have seen a VERY detailed view of this sculpture including the baby’s still attached umbiilcal cord to both mother and child.  While I wouldn’t care as it IS art…I wouldn’t want readers to spill their coffee 🙂 as her anatomy is very correct!
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Couple under an umbrella – 2013

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The detail is amazing!!

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Stay tuned for more adventures and as always, I appreciate your comments and reading!

Thanks!

Elizabeth and Max

Project Row Houses in Houston, TX

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. 

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These homes are private homes that are part of the program to help the community.

(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!!!

Elizabeth and Max

The Menil Collection – A FREE Museum in Houston, Texas!

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!

The Days of Bessie
George Herm’s “Day of Bessie Smith” (1962)
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Mark di Suvero’s “Bygones” (1976)
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Christian Luycks “Still Life with Globe” (1650)
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David Smith, “Stainless Window” (1951)

Rene Margritte

René Magritte, Belgian, 1898 – 1967
The Telescope (La lunette d’approche), 1963 (Had to snag this online as no photos allowed)
Untitled, c. 1943-47
Jackson Pollock’s (1943-47) (snagged online)
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This piece is outside near the Menil Bistro and Bookstore
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Menil Bookstore
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I asked this attractive gentleman if I could photography him as I am trying to learn photography – He just seemed the perfect ending to our trip 🙂  – Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max (Ruff Ruff!)