Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Museums

A mural by Daniel Anguilu at Station Museum of Contemporary Art
6. 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.

Atena founders John Pluecker and Jen Hofer
5. Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston
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.

Photo by Rick Gardner
4. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
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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Location Info


Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: General

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

1502 Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: General

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