Want to escape the oppressive Houston summer heat? Make sure to check out some of these great museum exhibits in some of Houston’s coolest galleries this summer. From photography to crafts to history and science, there is something for everyone this summer in the Houston Museum District.
Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston, Texas 77005
Date: June 2 – Aug. 25, 2013
Disproving the old wives’ tale that the camera never lies, this collection of photographs from before digitized pictures – many starting from the beginning of photography in the mid nineteenth century. Fantastical images are overlaid with photography subjects from the past 150 years, creating commentary on politics, social issues, and much more based on the doctored images. The museum’s exhibits encourage the viewer to question what is real as their eyes are tricked into believing the impossible and the improbable. This exhibition is held in the Beck building of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is included with your general museum admission.
The Tool At Hand
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Date: May 31 – Sept. 8, 2013
Part of an experiment by the Chipstone Foundation, “The Tool at Hand” is an exhibition of the work of sixteen artists who were all given the chance to make some form of artwork with only one tool to help them. The result is a stunning example of simplicity and ingenuity that will delight craft lovers everywhere. Some of the pieces include work crafted on 3D printers, a wax sculpture made entirely with the artisan’s hands, and ceramics worked on with only a box cutter. Let your imagination grow as you see just how much can be done with so little!
Faberge: A Brilliant Vision
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
Date: Now through December 31, 2013
One of the most famous names in nineteenth and twentieth century history and jewelry, Faberge was the official jeweler and artisan to the Russian royal family. One of the largest collections of his work is now on display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science: more than 350 items, including two eggs recently added that have not been seen by as many audiences. These stunning examples of jewelry and art will delight all who see them. Many of the items include gifts between members of the royal family that were commissioned from Faberge, giving an insight into who they were as people underneath all the splendor.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, Texas 77004
Date: Now through September 2
Constructed in conjunction with the Children’s Art Project at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, this exhibit features the artwork of many of the childhood cancer patients who are in treatment for their illness down the road in the Texas Medical Center. The exhibit includes three major projects, with side displays of photos of the patients in the artistic process. The Children’s Art Project at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center allows the patients going through childhood cancer treatment to focus on something other than their treatment regimens and to express themselves in a safe and supporting environment.
Celebrating Success: Accreditation One Year Later
Holocaust Museum of Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, Texas 77004
Date: May 6 – December 31, 2013
The Holocaust Museum of Houston was recently awarded an accredited status by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, and this exhibit will help museum patrons to learn about the accreditation process. Visit the Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library to learn more about the various pieces in the museum archives that were featured in the application process, and get a behind the scenes glimpse at what it is like to run a museum collection. All of the archival items are good examples of the characteristics of excellence that U.S. museums are held to.
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.