As the fourth-largest and most diverse city in the nation, Houston offers plenty in the way of culture. Even so, it’s not often that a modern American master comes to town for an evening conversation.
That’s set to change on February 9, when Public Art of the University of Houston System, a large collection of public art works dotting campuses across the city, welcomes Frank Stella for an evening of celebration and reflection. Stella, one of the nation’s best-regarded working artists, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his ‘Euphonia’ mural at Moores Opera House with a discussion of his work and the importance of public art. Alison de Lima Greene (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art) and faculty member Rick Lowe of the University of Houston Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts will moderate the conversation.
In the years since its completion, ‘Euphonia’ has risen to iconic status in Houston. The massive piece pulses and flows with joyful colors and patterns. It’s a defining feature of Moores Opera House, where it encompasses a hundred-foot-long vaulted ceiling, a large portion of wall in the mezzanine, and the bottom of the catwalk inside the opera house itself.
Stella is renowned for both his abstract painting and his sculpture. A 1970 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York was the first such show of his career; numerous others have followed across the globe. Stella’s work appears in many of the finest art institutions in North America, including the National Gallery of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Houston’s own Menil Collection.
‘An Evening with Frank Stella’ begins at 7:00 p.m. on February 9. Although an online reservation is required, admission is free. One week prior to the event, a free public tour led by Public Art of the University of Houston System curator Michael Guidry will consider Stella’s ‘Euphonia’ in greater detail.
Featured photo by Morris Malakoff, The CKP Group.