The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, already one of the premier cultural institutions in the nation, has big plans for the future. A 14-acre redevelopment of the MFAH campus is currently underway; it’s the largest such cultural project in the country today with an eye on a 2020 completion. But Houstonians needn’t wait that long to enjoy what the MFAH has in store. A first look at those plans will come into focus on Saturday, May 20 with the inauguration of an all-new Glassell School of Art.
On this day of love, we celebrate not only the special people in our lives, but also the beautiful city in which we make some of our best memories. Houston is a stunning place—a sprawling giant with distinct and memorable corners. It is Space City, where we celebrate the next frontier. It is Bayou City, which sometimes floods but always comes back stronger than ever. It is Clutch City. It is Astros City. It is the city we call home, and the city we’re so proud to welcome you to.
There are so many reasons to love Houston—here are our favorite few:
In March, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will present a stunning exhibition of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Tintoretto. The exhibition, titled Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, opens on March 11.
The Houston Ballet will return to its home, the Wortham Theater Center, for its just-announced 2018/19 Season, a superb collection of World Premieres, Houston Ballet Premieres, and beloved classics.
The work of Houston artist (and St. Thomas alum) Loida Wexler will be recognized at a reception hosted by local restaurant Urban Eats on Saturday, February 24. The popular Washington Ave spot is known for its made-in-house specialties and its commitment to locally-sourced ingredients. Ms. Wexler’s appearance is part of their “Urban Arts” series of exhibitions celebrating up-and-coming artists alongside artisanal, local food.
This Valentine’s Day, find out how you and your beloved measure up to some of the most enduring love stories in history. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting a special Twilight Tour of Rienzi, their opulent River Oaks house museum dedicated to fine and decorative European art. The theme of the tour is “Great Love Stories”; it will acquaint guests with some of the greatest couples (and ex-couples) in history and mythology whose stories are on display in the museum’s collection.
There’s exciting news buzzing in the Houston arts world: The award-winning Houston Grand Opera has announced that it will present its 2018–2019 season at its home, The Wortham Theater Center. HGO was displaced for a year following the damage the theater withstood in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last summer, but the opera company will make a triumphant return to its home stage this fall.
It’s true. The MFAH’s wildly popular exhibit, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, has been extended till Sunday, March 18.
Experience the magical work of leading Latin American sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia at the debut of his latest exhibition in one of Houston’s premier contemporary art hubs, Art of the World Gallery. The anticipated exhibition, titled Cosmic Energy in the Sculpture of Jiménez Deredia, premieres Thursday, January 18 and will feature 17 of the artist’s works.
Houston, already the nation’s fourth-largest and most diverse city, is growing by the day. There are countless reasons for this, but one of our favorites is its world-class cultural amenities. Beyond its quartet of high-profile professional sports teams and Space Center Houston, Bayou City boasts a thriving museum district and some of the best concert venues in the nation. Look no further than Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land for proof of this — they attract a dizzying array of top-notch talent, running the gamut from classical music to rock and pop to stand-up comedy and beyond. No matter your taste, Smart Financial Centre’s lineup always has the right show for you. Check their website for their full spring lineup and details on each performance; below, we run down a few of our favorites.