The Definitive Guide to Houston

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish

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Acclaimed restaurants. A fantastic economy. NASA. America’s fourth-largest city doesn’t disappoint, and its prowess doesn’t stop with its stars-reaching rockets and restaurants. Houston is also home to a world-class museum district, resplendent with 19 separate destinations, ranging from galleries to cultural centers. One of the city’s most beloved establishments is the Museum of Fine Arts. With a collection that includes antiques, decorative art, photographs, and paintings ranging from classic favorites (Renoir, Girl Reading) to modern masterpieces (Mark Rothko’s Red on Pink on Pink), it’s not surprising that the MFAH is the largest cultural institution in the southwest.

The museum acquires new exhibitions regularly, and their most recent opening is a double feature: two large-scale works by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist titled Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish. The sizable installations are immersive works of light and video and are presented together in Cullinan Hall, a large gallery space whose high ceiling and open floor plan further transport the viewer into a new world.

Pixel Forest was created in collaboration with lighting designer Kaori Kuwabara. The work is made of thousands of LED lights, which hang from the ceiling and create an immersive forest. Sometimes the lights quickly flicker; the next moment, waves of colors ebb and flow. The forest’s ever-changing appearance is beautiful and transportive, the perfect setting for a contemplative stroll or striking Instagram shot.

Meanwhile, Worry Will Vanish plays in the corner of the room, projected across two walls. It is a larger-than-life montage of psychedelic images, oozing color or slowly spinning through stars. The accompanying soundtrack is by musician Anders Guggisberg. Visitors are invited to lie back on pillows as they take in the hypnotizing work.

Together, Pipilotti Rist’s Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish combine to create a colorful, other-worldly experience that visitors of all ages can enjoy. The works will be on display at the MFAH through September 17. Secure your tickets here!

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To learn more about Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish, visit the museum website.

Museum hours and admission details can be found here.

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Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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