Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is situated in the heart of the Houston Museum District. It is unique in that for the last 40 years it has been a non-collecting institution dedicated to simply offering contemporary international, national, and regional art exhibitions. The Museum's aim is to document how art impacts modern life through. In addition to the art exhibitions the museum also offers lectures, original publications and a variety of educational programs and events. The current facility, which opened its doors in 1972, was designed specifically by Gunnar Birkerts for the museum's use.
Backstory and Context
The CAMH was founded in 1948 thanks to the efforts of a group of seven Houston citizens. The Museum offers a great panoply of programs, special events, talks, and more. Speakers range from exhibiting artists to international art scholars, to interesting viewpoints from other fields. Specially programed Loft Concerts by the renowned contemporary classical group Musiqa is created for the Brown Foundation Gallery Exhibitions. Other music performances, festivals, and concerts, as well as children’s musicals and dance performances are all part of the annual schedule of events.
The museum also supports ongoing programs about contemporary art not
directly associated with and particular specific exhibit. A new series
conceived around themes of musical influence in everyday life asks artists,
musicians, and all-around creatives to share the music that has influenced
them, past and present. Check out the calendar for details. Educators,
students, and teens can all get involved with special programming that not only
suits their needs, but addresses the issues that stand in the way of young
minds interacting with contemporary art. Teachers, school and community groups
are encouraged to take advantage of the museum’s docents, what they call their “Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) teams.