Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Museums
|A mural by Daniel Anguilu at Station Museum of Contemporary Art|
1502 Alabama, 713-529-6900
For a long while, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art was considered to be on the wrong side of Main Street (it's a few blocks east). Thankfully, with the addition of the Asia Society Center and other museums in the immediate area, that's not the case any longer. The current exhibit is "Collective Reaction: 6 Exhibitions by Democracia, Adel Abidin, Hito Steyerl, Mohammed Al Shammarey, Prince Varughese Thomas, and Maura Sheehan." (Really six individual exhibits that have been grouped together for FotoFest 2014. Past shows include "Iraqi Artists in Exile" (a particularly strong hitting group show) and solo exhibits Carlos Runcie-Tanaka and Mel Chin.
5. Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston
Atena founders John Pluecker and Jen Hofer
4800 Calhoun, 713-743-9521
The Blaffer's adventuresome spirit in programming is what caught our eye this year. The Antena @ Blaffer project is more than just an exhibit, it's a re-imagining of the use of the space. Antena, led by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker (recently profiled in our 100 Creatives series). Antena focuses on language justice (a person's right to use whatever language is most comfortable regardless of the dominant language). So how do you turn an abstract idea about language and justice into an exhibit? With books, readings, workshops and training sessions. Past exhibits at the Blaffer include, "Tony Feher," a 20 years survey of work by the American sculptor.
4. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Photo by Rick Gardner
5216 Montrose, 713 284 8250
These days, the key word for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is contemporary. Along with innovative and exciting exhibits of art, the museum has a robust programming schedule. Our latest favorite? The new 20Hertz speaker series. Houston rapper Fat Tony kicked off the series with his presentation Smart Ass. Visual artists in all phases of their careers are spotlighted in the museum's Perspectives exhibition series.
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