Top Upcoming Art Exhibits In Houston

With Houston's thriving museum district and arts culture, there are always new exhibits to see and galleries to explore. Get a little culture into your life with some of these great new art exhibits coming to Houston. Whether you love fabulous jewelry, film documentaries of everyday life or a little metalwork, there is something for everyone in Houston's galleries in the coming months. Make sure to check out all of these five great exhibits while they're still in town.
"More Real Than Reality Itself"
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 284-8250

Date: Through Sept. 21, 2014

This new installation features the video works of four artists that further the understanding of the world through the familiar form of documentary. These four artists – Andrea Geyer, Camille Henrot, Laure Prouvost and A. L. Steiner – all present video works of varying length, some with associated installations and multi-channel displays. These videos feature locations and characters from across the country and from varying backgrounds, including Camille Henrot's award-winning showing, "Grosse Fatigue," shot within the Smithsonian Institution. Don't miss out on a great installation that will make you think about your place in the world and in our culture today.

"Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces"
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629

Date: Through Oct. 5, 2014

One of the biggest names in the jewelry industry, Bulgari has been crafting the finest of designer pieces for more than a hundred years. These exquisite pieces of jewelry show the innovations the organization created throughout its history in the business and even features some original pieces from Elizabeth Taylor's private collection. See necklaces, bracelets and earrings inspired by grand periods throughout history, including the Renaissance, Greco-Roman classicism or Roman goldsmiths from the 1800s. Sketches, notes and other paperwork accompanies the exhibit, giving you an up-close and intricate look at the origins of these amazing pieces.

"Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House"
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
5601 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

Date: Through Sept. 21, 2014

The interior of one of Britain's most well-known and well-furnished homes has come to Houston. The national tour of "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House" stops in Houston for a while to show off the extensive collection of art, furniture and other home goods that call Houghton Hall, one of the most renowned and extensive collection of 18th and 19th century art in the United Kingdom, their home. These intricate and beautiful works of art are arranged in "rooms" in the museum, so viewers can see how they would have been displayed and used in their time. Be sure to check out the collection of Sevres porcelain, one of the best in the world.

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Katy Contemporary Arts Museum
805 Avenue B
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 857-1340

Date: Ongoing

One of the newest museums in the Houston Area, the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum is full of wonderful pieces from both established and newcomer artists. Located in Old Town Katy, west of downtown Houston, this newcomer to the scene has a lot of momentum and a great initial offering, as well as traveling exhibits. In its galleries, you can view photographs, paintings and sculptures from many artists, including Paola Isola, John Irizarry and Lee Benner. Don't miss out on the great photography collection, which is always expanding as new artists and new works come to light.

"Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker"
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-4848

Date: Through Sept. 7, 2014

Part of the Texas Masters Series at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is an exhibition of Sandie Zilker's stunning metalworking. Spanning more than 40 years of her time as a craftsman, the pieces showcase her mastery of color, illusion, form and much more. Zilker teaches at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where she is the head of the Jewelry and Enamel Department. This instinct to teach shows up in this exhibit, which features videos explaining her creative process alongside her metalworking and jewelry art.

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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