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The New MFAH Glassell School of Art + Pavilion and Rooftop

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The new and highly anticipated Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art is opening May 20th! Houston as a community is invited to experience Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Column, explore the building, the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and the BBVA Rooftop. “I think Houstonians will quickly grasp that our project intends to create a new destination in Houston,” says Gary Tinterow the MFAH director. 

With that mission in mind, the team aims to create a greater creative connection between the museum, the community, and the art school. The Plaza is open to the public and was designed to be a place where visitors can move freely between the distinct spaces. With no gates or harsh lines separating the plaza from the Montrose sidewalk it incredibly welcoming to pedestrians. The plaza includes shaded seating, a dramatic fountain, and two monumental sculptures. The Cloud Column, a 32-foot stainless steel form by Anish Kapoor; and Eduardo Chillida’s stacked-granite Song of Strength.

The three-story, 93,765-square-foot building designed by Steven Holl Architects is overwhelmingly inspiring. With a design that seems as though there is an infinite number of angles, stairs, and floors. The grey concrete gives the future students, ranging from young teens to adults, the ultimate blank space to showcase their work. Visitors will be able to take a step inside and get a deeper understanding as to what the Glassell School brings to its students and the city.

The L-shape building features a sloping walkable roofline that gives visitors a spectacular view of the neighborhood and city skyline.

On Sunday, May 20th there will be a not to be missed Opening Day celebration. With art programs ranging from fashion design to poetry, music, and dance from local artists and of course, many fun food carts. Tailored to fit all age groups and enjoyable for the entire family, from noon to 4 p.m.

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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