Hundreds built Houston art installation just for it to be burned

The Houston Temple, the non-denominational structure built by Petaluma, California-based artist David Best to The , is now open for visitation every Thursday night at Orange Show headquarters.

Beginning this evening, the wooden temple will be open from 6–9 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 31. Visitors are welcome to write messages or memories on one of the temple's wooden planks, or simply sit in contemplation or remembrance. The temple will be burned in a public ceremony on Nov. 9.

Best, who

Trippy spa from Meow Wolf co-founder is headed to Texas

Called Submersive, the project promises to be "a spa that takes you beyond relaxation into elevated states of consciousness." The 25,000-square-foot, $15 million project is set to open in 2026. An exact location for the retreat has yet to be announced.

The project is the brainchild of Corvas Brinkerhoff, who in 2008 helped cofound the psychedelic art space Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Meow Wolf now has four locations in the United States, including an outpost in Grapevine, Texas, that opened in 2023.

Houston's Menil Collection lets abstract art take center stage

In the first room of the new Menil Collection exhibit "Abstraction after Modernism: Recent Acquisitions," a sculpture from recently deceased artist Richard Serra hangs on the wall. The work is made from thick rubber industrial belts, dark brown and floppy, but structured at the same time. Triangle Belt Piece, made in 1967, is a direct response to the dripping, gravity-influenced works abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock was making a decade before. At the same time, the lines and flow

One of 2024's most anticipated art shows opens in Houston

The first thing you notice walking into the downstairs gallery at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a blanket-covered couch positioned in front of a large screen. The room is dark, and the other furniture—a dining table and chairs, a yellowing lamp—give the impression of cast-offs. It feels like walking into a basement den, or perhaps a converted garage.

That's fitting because American artist Olivia Erlanger's previous work has dealt with the mythology of the garage—everything from Frank

Houston's Rothko Chapel is undergoing a big expansion

It was ironic that Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Rothko Chapel's renovations was somewhat interrupted by background noise—mowers and leaf blowers manned by landscapers in the distance. That's because the second phase of the chapel's revamp will include extensive work on a park-like space extending the Rothko's calm, meditative atmosphere to the surrounding grounds.

The chapel, which opened in 1971 on the campus of the Menil Collection, was commissioned by museum founde

Houston's Museum of Fine Arts celebrating its 100th anniversary

The oldest art museum in Texas, the MFAH opened on April 12, 1924, with just one structure, the neoclassical Caroline Wiess Law building at Montrose Boulevard and Bissonnet Street. The original museum entrance faced south, overlooking Hermann Park and the Miller Outdoor Theater, which celebrated its centennial last year.

Over the years, the original building was expanded with new wings and galleries, and the museum's campus also grew, with the eastern structure, the Audrey Jones Beck Building,

Sculptor builds 35-foot temple to honor Houston's art community

The encounter with Scranton highlights one of the reasons Best is in town. Though Best, who is in his late 70s, lives in California, he has close ties to the Houston art car community. He's in town for the next several days as the Orange Show's 2024 artist in residence.

Best is well known internationally for his towering, intricate, non-denominational wooden temples, which are built as places of mourning, release and reflection, and then burned to the ground. He's closely associated with the Bu

Two artists are turning Houston's Sabine Street footbridge pink

Though Buffalo Bayou Park has undergone numerous improvements over the past decade, including the installation of new pedestrian bridges spanning the bayou near Montrose Boulevard and Shepherd Drive, the Sabine Street Bridge predates them all. As a result, it has a sort of neglected, utilitarian air. Whereas the Rosemont Bridge, just east of Montrose, includes decorative ironwork railings and a unique Y-shaped design, the Sabine bridge consists of ugly stairs, patchwork concrete, and generic met

In Houston’s Botanic Garden, Zimbabwean art is born in real time

At the Houston Botanic Garden Friday morning, artist Passmore Mupindiko was putting the finishing touches on a stone sculpture, a hummingbird perched atop the leaves of what looks like a bromeliad. A visitor to the garden earlier in the week saw Mupindiko's unfinished sculpture and already put a claim on it. That customer is coming to pick up the sculpture later on Friday, and so Mupindiko, working under a pop-up tent just inside the gardens' entrance, is trying to finish it in time.

"It needs

Kim Kardashian sued over 'knockoff' Donald Judd tables

The suit was filed in California on Wednesday, where the Foundation also has a location. At issue is a 2022 Instagram video in which Kardashian is giving a tour of the minimalistic headquarters of her company Skkn by Kim. She pauses at a large wooden table and says, "These Donald Judd tables are really amazing and totally blend in with the seats."

The only problem? The tables are not made by Donald Judd nor his foundation, according to the suit. Instead, they are "unauthorized knockoffs" from a

Houston lights up again for East End park art festival

Houston's Tony Marron Park is set to undergo major renovations at the end of this year. But before then, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Aurora Picture Show are throwing one last big art fest at the east side park.

Called Night Light, the festival features several visual artists who have created site-specific light installations that will be projected throughout the park on the evening of April 6. It's a continuation of Houston's long-standing embrace of light and space artists, from James Turrel

Another Houston museum may be without a home

A leasing agent for the property at 3121 San Jacinto St. confirmed that the museum was moving out but provided no other information. Officials with The Printing Museum (TPM) did not respond to multiple requests seeking comment on the future of the institution. It's unclear whether the museum, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022, is relocating again or closing for good. The property has been listed for lease since the middle of December.

The news comes just a few days after another Hou

Houston's famous Art Car Museum will close for good in April

The closure was announced in a statement posted to the Art Car Museum's site. "Discussions are in progress with local and regional arts organizations to continue and evolve the Art Car Museum's presence, legacy, and mission in the future. The details of those discussions and plans will be shared further as and when they take shape," the statement read in part.

Art Car Museum officials did not respond to emails from Chron last week inquiring about the future of the museum. However, the statement

MFAH's house museum tells the story of 1950s Houston high society

The museum, which is owned by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, first opened in 1999 during the Azalea Trail, the biennial garden tour and fundraiser hosted by the River Oaks Garden Club. Pictures from the opening show Houstonians lined up down the home's long drive and around Kirby, waiting for a chance to tour the museum and its iconic gardens.

The story behind Rienzi follows two threads, according to Christine Gervais, director of the museum and curator of decorative arts at the MFAH. The fir

Revving up: Houston Art Car Parade schedule, grand marshals announced

The Orange Show announced the official schedule for Art Car Weekend earlier this week. Brock Wagner, founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company and a longtime supporter of Houston arts, will serve as Grand Marshal for the parade. World-renowned sculptor David Best, known for his large-scale templates made of recycled wood at Burning Man, is the Orange Show's 2024 Artist in Residence.

As part of his residency, Best will be constructing a new work called "Houston Temple," a 12-by-12-by-24-foot struc

'Wild' new MFAH exhibit showcases modern art's colorful origins

In 1905, painter Henri Matisse invited young Parisian artist André Derain to join him in the French fishing village of Collioure. Inspired by the exquisite light of the Mediterranean, the two men spent the summer painting, sketching and creating other artworks that would change the course of art history.

That brief moment in time—just nine weeks—is the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston called “Vertigo of Color,” opening Feb. 25. During that summer, both Derain and Mati

Upcoming dance performance finds inspiration in Houston billboards

A new dance performance at DiverseWorks will make use of props including giant tarps, ladders, ratchet straps and even a 1970s-era overhead projector to explore themes of physical labor, fatigue, and the way we define art.

Called "In Tarps I Trust," the solo performance is inspired by dancer Laura Gutierrez's father, who works as a billboard painter. Gutierrez will use tools that were frequently present in her childhood household "focusing on their awkward and imposing nature, before gradually

MFAH explores Black American identity through collage in new exhibit

Artist Howardena Pindell was dining with her father at a Southern cafe as a child when she noticed red dots on the dishware they were using. She asked her father about the marks, who told her that the dots indicated dishes that were for use by Black customers only.

“I realized that’s really the origin of my being driven to try to change the circle in my mind, trying to take the sting out of that,” she told ArtNews in 2018.

Since then, dots and circles have been predominant in the artist's work

Meow Wolf unveils local artists for upcoming Houston location

Environmental sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, screenprint artist Carlos Hernandez, and internationally known street artist KillJoy are among the creatives selected for the Houston location of Meow Wolf, set to open later this year in the Fifth Ward.

The artists were announced during a ceremony at Saint Arnold Brewing on Feb. 15. More than 40 Houston-based artists will be partners in the immersive, experiential art playground.

Meow Wolf's first location was founded by a group of artists in S

This Houston mural is constantly changing. That's the point.

The mural is a project by Swiss artist Marc Bauer. Called “Resilience: Drawing the Line,” the work takes inspiration from graphic novels, film, art history, cable news, and other sources to depict scenes of resistance and solidarity in the face of oppression. The work is the fifth in a series called “Wall Drawings,” which the Menil began in 2018 as part of the institution's "commitment to seeking new approaches to the form and language of drawing." Previous Wall Drawings have been made by artist

Houston to host city-wide art crawl celebrating Black History Month

Houston's creative community will host a city-wide art crawl during President's Day weekend to honor Black History Month and showcase several exhibits focused on African American culture and art.

Black Art Houston, which takes place Feb. 17–19, is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and several other institutions, including the Holocaust Museum Houston, Sanman Studios, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, The Reading Room HTX, Project Row Houses and more. The weekend wil

Cistern installation brings ‘Velveteen Rabbit' to life with VR

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership teamed up with pioneering New York-based artist and programmer Rachel Rossin to create the exhibit, called “Haha Real.” Musician and native Houstonian Frewuhn created the score for the installation. The exhibit opens Feb. 2 and will be on view through Nov. 10.

The Velveteen Rabbit, first published in 1921, tells the story of a stuffed rabbit toy who longs to become a real bunny. The rabbit spends his days in the company of his owner, a young boy sick with scarlet f

Former Orange Show curator, artist of Houston has died

Danny Kerschen, an artist and curator well-known in Houston's alternative art scene, has died, according to friends and family. His death was announced on Instagram on Jan. 30 by DKULTRA, the curatorial project he founded. According to his obituary, Kerschen died on Jan. 25 after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 46.

Born in Norwich, England, Kerschen was raised in Houston. He lived and worked in numerous cities and countries, earning an MFA in art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany;

Two new exhibits highlight art's behind-the-scenes labor

The first exhibit, called “Fiber In 3D: Indigo Houston,” consists of a web-like installation of rope made from recycled denim, stretching through the museum's Asher Gallery. The second, called “This Side Up,” features works of art made by art installers, preparators and exhibition fabricators. The shows opened on Jan. 27 as part of HCCC's 2024 Winter/Spring Exhibitions.

For “Indigo Houston,” Chattanooga-based artist Baggs McKelvey used 67 pairs of donated jeans to create nearly 6,000 feet of ha
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