Man, we love a good museum. Even better, we love a good museum that has a top-notch, special traveling exhibit on display for a limited time. If you’re like us, give these choices a look-see and get to the exhibition nearest you as soon as possible, before its packed up and shipped away!
Dallas Museum of Art - Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection ~ According to the exhibit’s description, this collection “explores the extraordinarily diverse forms of visual expression in Native North America. Organized by geographic culture areas, the works of art in this exhibition date from well before first European contact to the present, and celebrate the continuing vitality of American Indian art.”
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Titian & The Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Scotland ~ This museum is perhaps the crown jewel of Houston’s bustling museum district. This is but one of the many exhibits currently on display. Several notable, upcoming exhibits include the famous King Tut exhibit, among several others starting in the fall.
Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas – Austin) – Becoming Tennessee Williams ~ This center has always given special items a special home. In recent years, the original manuscript rolls of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road were hosted here. Now, another literary legend gets to spend some time with the literate hippies of our state’s capital: Tennessee Williams. For our money, Williams is the greatest of American playwrights and this birth-celebrating exhibit will surely help those who may not feel the same as we do enough reason to start changing their minds.
Kimball Art Museum (Ft. Worth) – Picasso & Braque: The Cubist Experiment ~ This legendary Arts District art stop has hosted other Picasso-intensive exhibits, most notably the breathtaking Picasso and Matisse exhibit of over a decade ago. Ultimately, this exhibit highlights a complete different area of the multi-talented master craftsmen. Besides, you can basically pick any weekend to head to the Kimball and you’ll be satisfied, regardless of what’s on display.
One sunny, late fall day a few years ago, I had the pleasure of skipping the afternoon session of a trade show while in our state’s largest city. Knowing I needed to back in the Galleria area later that evening for a function or two related to the trade-show, I discarded a couple of ideas that would’ve had myself taking a serious day-trip, well out of the city limits. As it turned out, it was silly to even think of exiting the congested confines of what is an underrated artistic gem. Well, at least it’s underrated to many of us outside of the Gulf Coast.
Given the fact that Houston’s Museum District is as rife with time-killing goodness as it is, I highly doubt that it’s flying under the radar of any art or history-loving Houstonian. Growing up in the Ft. Worth area, as I did, it’s easy to think that everyone else in the state gazes enviously upon the historic and renowned Arts District (home to The Kimball Art Museum, among many others).
In one afternoon, I was treated to eclectic and edgy installations at the Contemporary Arts Museum, just after experiencing a more traditional, yet highly awe-inspiring visit to Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts. In fact, the Fine Arts collection is showcasing a highly-praised grouping of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work from The National Gallery, at this very time. Clearly, I focused on the art which the neighborhood offered, but the history is as prevalent and important as the collections of the museums I managed to visit. Perhaps on another trip, I’ll make it to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, or possibly to Houston’s Holocaust Museum, which is different than the one in Dallas.
There’s also something for the kiddos, too. The Children’s Museum of Houston is a colorful blast of interactive fun for both parent and child. And there’s the Houston Museum of Natural Science - which, as is the case in Ft. Worth, has an IMAX Theater.
So, next time you’re sitting in a convention in Houston, and the rest of the day’s docket looks pretty dull, act like you have to take a call in the hallway and hop in your rental and point it to the museum district!