The art scene in Houston is wonderful in the spring when the weather is best and Houstonians are looking to be out and about before the heat of summer sets in. From pottery to painting, there’s something for everyone in Houston art during the springtime. Learn a bit about the history of an area or just buy something pretty for yourself; there’s no way to go wrong if you like it yourself. Make sure you check out these spring art events.
‘Fangs, Feathers, And Fins: Sacred Creatures In Ancient American Art’
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
5601 S Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
Date: Through March 22, 2015
Native artwork and artifacts help to tell the story of our country and the natural surroundings the indigenous peoples found themselves in. People have always been interested in the flora and fauna they interacted with in their lives, and some creatures such as wolves and killer whales reached even a legendary status, and were found in many artistic depictions. This exhibition shows many examples of the way animals are found woven into the life and religion of ancient peoples, including the Maya, Olmec and Nasca. Come see more than 200 pieces spanning 5,000 years of history all in one place.
‘Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings’
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
Date: Feb. 27 – June 14, 2015
The Morgan Library collection and the Menil Collection have teamed up to show this spectacular collection of drawings from the 1800s. Everything in the exhibit is a work on paper by one of five of the great artists that helped to shape modernism: Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne and Odilon Redon. The varying techniques and subjects portray the dramatic changes that were in play in the art world at the time. Art lovers who are interested in the transitions between art periods won’t want to miss out.
Bayou City Art Festival
Date: Mar. 27-29, 2015
Art lovers and craft aficionados will want to make it out to the spring Bayou City Art Festival, which is held in Memorial Park, and this year the show will feature 450 displays, all within 19 disciplines and 16 nonprofits within Memorial Park. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather while you browse the art vendors’ wares and find the perfect painting, sculpture or other handcrafted item for your house. Don’t miss out on this twice yearly event. The festival will include a children’s area and beer for those of age.
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
Date: Jan. 30 – March 15, 2015
Internationally known architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow is coming to Rice University and working with architecture students and professors to create an installation in the Rice Gallery to work on the students’ perceptions of architecture and consumption. The artwork will be based on the project row houses that the students do some work for yearly, and teach them to learn to use the space efficiently for their uses. The students spent a long time in the fall studying the aspects of a row home and working on how to put social, economic, cultural and other forces within the installation, which patrons will walk through.
‘Sharing The Dreamtime: Early Paintings From Australia’s Papunya Tula Antics’
Booker Lowe Gallery
4623 Feagan St.
Houston, TX 77007
Date: Through Feb. 28, 2015
The foremost dealer of aboriginal artwork it the city, Booker Lowe is well respected in the community. Many pieces that would otherwise not be kept are kept all together in this collection. This collection shows and collects pieces of artwork from different aboriginal tribes that were living together on the same land in the 1970s for the first time in a long time. These pieces of art have become more and more popular and are now known worldwide as the last great art movement of the 20th century.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.