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The Year in Arts and Culture — 2016

The past year was another busy one for the arts and culture scene in Houston. The Menil Collection named Houston native Rebecca Rabinow as its new director in May. The White Oak Music Hall opened its outdoor space in April, and then held a grand opening for its new interior space in August. But, there’s […]

Artist Yayoi Kusama's 2009 piece "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from June 12 to Sept. 18, 2016. Image © Yayoi Kusama via MFAH.The past year was another busy one for the arts and culture scene in Houston. The Menil Collection named Houston native Rebecca Rabinow as its new director in May. The White Oak Music Hall opened its outdoor space in April, and then held a grand opening for its new interior space in August. But, there's been some controversy surrounding this Near Northside venue. (Just this week, neighbors sued over excessive noise from the venue). And the University of Houston launched the new College for the Arts in September.

To discuss these stories — and to look back at 2016’s biggest arts and culture news — we talk with Amy Bishop, News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter.

(Above: Artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2009 piece “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from June 12 to Sept. 18, 2016. Image © Yayoi Kusama via MFAH)

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