When it comes to the visual arts, Houston is right up there. Not only is there a community of artists doing wonderful work, there is a lively gallery scene and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is among the best.
Adding to the museum’s already impressive complex is the recently opened Kinder building dedicated to contemporary art.
The building itself is a work of art feeling very much like an oversized sculpture.
As one would expect, there is an extensive collection of paintings, prints and sculpture in spacious gallery areas that allow for easy viewing.
The museum’s collection of photographs now is showcased. The walls outside the photography gallery are papered. From a distance the paper reminded me of waterfalls or glaciers calving.
Up close, however, the paper is thousands of photographs reproduced specifically for this application and arranged in such a way that the images move from light to dark. I’m still in awe and have no understanding of how this was achieved.
Another area showcased classic contemporary furniture.
What I liked best, however, were the spaces dedicated to craft in a variety of mediums. So often those pieces made with the hands are overlooked but they are as viable as any other art.
It was exciting to see ordinary things transformed into the extraordinary. No, the trays were not sterling silver but stainless.
As one who has created textiles for years, I was delighted to see fiber art included in the collection. Magdalena Abakanowicz is one of those whose work made the medium be taken seriously.
In this amazing piece was a surprising inspiration.
Seeing how the artist incorporated bottles, how could I not think about my ordinary ones so often filled with flowers not becoming something special? Now, if I can just figure out how to splatter paint!
There is so much to see both inside and out that it is difficult to take it in in one visit. You can be sure I will be going back to again experience its energy.