Naturally Curious, Episode 2: “What the heck is this?”
The unique and magical “Cabinet of Curiosities” exhibit at The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a place full of wonder, with fascinating objects from around the world—many of which may be unknown to visitors. Based on the mid-sixteenth-century German “Wunderkammer”—rooms where folks of means collected and displayed all manner of wondrous and exotic objects from global travels, and then invited friends in to ogle them—the Cabinet of Curiosities is essentially a museum origin story. Museum President Joel A. Bartsch, Curator of Paleontology David Temple, and avid fossil collector Samuel E. Stubbs share their love for these early rooms of collectibles, their personal collection stories, and their struggles with “collector’s disease,” an affliction that may be behind our love of museums today.texasmonthly.com
“Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
HOUSTON – There’s a beautiful new David Hockney-Vincent Van Gogh exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston that shows off their shared fascination with the natural world through the power of color. “Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” now on display at MFAH, marks the first time the two artists have been paired in an American museum exhibition. ‘The Joy of Nature’ brings together nearly 50 of Hockney’s vibrant works—ranging from intimate sketchbook studies to monumental paintings, as well as his experimental videos and iPad drawings—with 10 carefully chosen original paintings and drawings by Van Gogh. Check out the colorful exhibit now through June 20th at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Watch as Lauren Kelly chats with the exhibit’s curator, Ann Dumas.
Seismique, a new 40,000-square-foot interactive art museum, now open on Houston’s west side
Seismique, a new 40,000-square-foot art museum located on Houston’s west side, just recently opened its doors. The mind-bending, interactive experience is filled with immersive exhibits and stunning displays designed to both entertain and inspire guests. The space features 40-plus exhibits, including 9 million LEDs, lots of bright colors, and plenty of cool sound elements. The multi-dimensional, immersive concept features works of art by dozens of artists, many of them originating from Texas. Visit Seismique at 2306 South Highway 6, or for more information just visit seismique.com.
‘HOU-Ville’ puts H-Town spin on Dr. Seuss’ iconic ‘Whoville’ at new holiday exhibit downtown
HOUSTON – ‘HOU-Ville’ is putting it’s H-Town spin on Dr. Seuss’ iconic ‘Whoville’ in a brand-new exhibit Downtown this holiday season! This fun seasonal experience is a real-life *Houston version* of “Whoville,” where kids and adults are transported to a life-size whimsical holiday city. The holiday experience is open through December 23rd, where you will find installations, gingerbread houses, giant gifts, shops, Santa Claus, and much more. Proceeds from food and merch sales will go towards buying toys to be given back to the Houston community. For the best way to enter and park, they suggest using 511 Rusk St., which will take you right to their entrance.
New ‘Color Field’ art installation at U of H sure to brighten your day
HOUSTON – Looking for another way to add a little color to your day? How about taking a walk around the University of Houston’s new ‘Color Field’ art installation. The pieces then weave through the areas surrounding the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Butler Plaza and Lynn Eusan Park – off University Drive. The exhibit will be at the University of Houston through May 2021. You can also interact with the installation virtually, click HERE for more information.