Last night, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) debuted their latest exhibition, a comprehensive survey of Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Knowles. The show, Christopher Knowles: In A Word, paints a broad picture of the artist’s work, brushing across text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and recorded performance.
Bells ring out in harmony, lights dance and shimmer in the twilight, and carols fill the air.
It’s the most magical time of the year again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For the third year in a row, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend has transformed Ima Hogg’s celebrated home and grounds into a show-stopping holiday wonderland.
In 1892, jeweler to the tsars Peter Carl Fabergé created the third in a series of objects that would go on to define his legacy. The Diamond Trellis Egg, commissioned as an Easter gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, is a diamond-encrusted triumph of luminous green stone. Inside the egg, Fabergé enclosed his first-ever “surprise”—in this case a jeweled elephant automaton that walked around the egg with the turn of a key. The House of Fabergé would go on to create many more Imperial Easter Eggs, often including special surprises hidden within.
The best holiday traditions have a way of standing the test of time, even if it means overcoming the odds—that’s the magic of this time of year. For the city of Houston, one of those traditions is a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet. Even though the company’s Wortham Theater home is closed until mid-2018 after suffering in Hurricane Harvey, visions of sugar plum fairies will dance their way across the stage this season in as splendid fashion as ever thanks to a pair of local venues.
You may not know it, but Houston has long been a destination for aficionados of Fabergé, the fabled Russian jeweler whose stunning objets d’art captivated the imperial Russian court and swept across Europe at the turn of the 20th century.
The McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts the most impressive gathering of eggs and other Fabergé objects found on the North American continent, including a loaned “surprise” from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection. Her majesty’s tiny jeweled elephant has now been united with its mate, the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, for the first time in nearly a century.
Through January 28, immerse yourself in the splendour of one of the fashion world’s most iconic names at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s breathtaking exhibit: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. Curated by contributing editor to Vogue André Leon Talley, the exhibit features nearly 70 de la Renta ensembles, cleverly juxtaposed with pieces from the museum’s collection.
Some nights and collections are difficult to quantify in words because they are so magical. This October 7th, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted an event for its members to debut the exhibit “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” With floor-to-ceiling florals and a runway show projected onto museum walls, one could not help but be swept away to a different place upon entering. A delightful string trio added to the luster of the evening, as did cocktails and beautiful floral light fixtures. To ensure photos were fabulous, MFAH provided several floors perfect for any posed shot or “selfie.”
The most comprehensive compilation of Mexican modern art in the United States in 70 years has landed in Space City, bringing with it masterpieces by Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and many more.
In the heart of the historic River Oaks neighborhood, down a long, wooded drive, sits a single-story 1950s home on a 4-acre property. Rienzi was designed in 1952 by John Staub, who is considered one of Houston’s most impactful residential architects. The house was opened to the public in 1999 and serves as a museum of European decorative arts, with a collection that spans from noteworthy paintings to rare porcelain and lush furnishings.
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.