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Two of Houston’s Most Renowned Museums Undertake Major Expansions

Posted on · Two Houston area museums with international reputations have taken on major expansion projects, which will — among other things — contribute to the changing architecture in Houston’s museum district. To find out what’s in store for The Menil Collection, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, we talk with the respective directors of those museums, Josef […]

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After School Program Teaches Houston Youth to Make and Build

Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.

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Space City or the Silicon Bayou: Tuesday’s Show (May 5, 2015)

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George […]

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Bodycast: A Different Perspective on an Artist Talk

Posted on · The CounterCurrent experimental art festival continues through this weekend at various venues around Houston. The event features numerous multimedia performances and exhibitions, including one that seems pretty straight forward – an artist talk. But Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty explains what makes it unusual. MORE: Bodycast by Suzanne Bocanegra

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Galveston Artist Residency Offers Refuge for Creativity

Posted on · Artist residencies generally offer places for selected artists or writers or academics to retreat from the real world and explore their work with no time constraints or rules involved. Usually that’s in a setting far off the grid. And while the first part’s true for the artists of the Galveston Artist Residency, the particular setting they […]

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Exhibit Showcases Art Made in Japanese Internment Camps

Posted on · Today (Feb. 19, 2015) is The Day of Remembrance, commemorating the thousands of Japanese Americans who were held at internment camps during World War II. In conjunction, there’s a new exhibit at Holocaust Museum Houston called The Art of Gaman, showcasing art made by some of these internees. Delphine Hirasuna is the exhibit’s curator and author […]

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Artist Mel Chin Returns to Houston and Reflects on His Eclectic Works

Posted on · Artist Mel Chin is a Houston native known for works that span the media of paint, sculpture, video and performance. You’ve probably seen at least one of his works, “Seven Wonders,” a set of 70-foot-tall, shiny metal pillars along the back wall of the Wortham Center, which highlight  Houston’s history. These days, the artist lives […]

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Prop 1 Projects, Air Quality, and Mel Chin: Wednesday’s show (February 4, 2015)

Posted on · Tuesday in Houston and Rosenberg, the Houston-Galveston Area Council presented public meetings to share details on the Greater Houston area state highway projects it wants to see funded this year through money voters allocated in November from the state’s rainy day fund. Proposition 1 allocates $1.7 billion this year. Some $288 million of that will […]

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Indigent Caseloads, Michael Morton, and Third Ward Mural: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Posted on · You’ve heard this part of the Miranda rights before (if not in person, then at least on TV crime dramas): “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you…” Well, a lot of defendants can’t afford attorneys. That’s where public defenders come in, and sometimes private […]

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Exhibit Examines the Art of Non-Violence

Posted on · Discussions about non-violence almost inevitably bring up two names: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mohandas Gandhi. An exhibit at the Menil Collection focuses on the teachings of the latter. Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence is an international visual arts project examining Gandhi’s ethics of non-violence. The exhibit includes over a hundred works […]

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Local Artists Create Sculptures with Recycled Materials

Posted on · We’re used to seeing things like ancient tribal masks or great chiseled statues in museums and art galleries. Oftentimes, they’re painstakingly carved out of the finest exotic wood or hammered expertly out of blocks of stone. But a new exhibit by two local artists features sculptures made from more conventional materials, such as masks made […]

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Artist’s Drawings Contrast 1914 with 2014

Posted on · Artist Jennifer May Reiland grew up near Rice University, and was a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She studied art in New York, Spain, and France. The latter two brought out her love of history and inspired her to express this through art using pencils, water colors and markers. In particular, […]

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Winners and Losers of Low Fuel Prices: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Posted on · Oil prices Monday fell below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. That’s a drop of more than 55 percent since June. Sure, gas prices are low, but in a city like Houston, where the oil and gas industry is such a strong economic driver, plunging oil prices are met with hand-wringing. If […]