Contemporary Arts Museum Houston – CAMH

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

(713) 284-8250

5216 Montrose Boulevard

Houston, TX 77006


Island Time: Galveston Artist Residency - The First Four Years

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

November 21 - February 14, 2016

An exhibition featuring work by twenty-two artists who have exhibited at the Galveston Artist Residency. The show is curated by Eric Schnell and includes work by Nick Barbee, Josh Bernstein, Jesse Bransford, Bill Davenport and Alex Irvine, Jonah Groeneboer, Eric Heist, John Hodany, Colin Hunt, Autumn Knight, Nsenga Knight, Joe Joe Orangias, Grace Ndiritu, Zachary Podgorny, Bill Powhida and Jade Townsend, George Rush, Vicki Sambunaris, Davide Savorani, Dan Schmahl, Kelly Sears, and Hilary Wilder.


A Fool for Jeffrey’s Sake

A performance by Jeffrey Vallance in collaboration with Reverend Ethan Acres. For this event, Reverend Acres will “assume the character of a Lutheran Minister who has come to...

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Texas Design Now

An exhibition of fashion, accessories, furniture and industrial design by artists working in Texas. The works in the show vary greatly in style and in...

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Whispering Bayou

An multi-media installation reflecting Houston through an ever-evolving, interactive assemblage of audiovisual impressions. The show is a collaboration of Houston filmmaker and community activist Carroll...

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Steven Evans

A talk and book signing with artist, curator, and FotoFest Director Steven Evans, held in conjunction with the release of his publication The Number One...

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Reading: Richard Hell

A reading by Richard Hell, the author of I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, is held in conjunction with Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.

Poetry Reading by Eileen Myles

A reading by legendary post-punk “lesbian culture hero” and New York-based poet Eileen Myles, held in conjunction with the exhibition Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.

Perspectives 189: From the Margins

A group exhibition– the 9th biennial youth art exhibition organized by CAMH’s Teen Council–featuring work by 48 Houston-area teen artists in a variety of media...

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Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

An exhibition surveying artist Marilyn Minter’s explorations of our culture’s deepest impulses, compulsions, and fantasies, as well as the complex and contradictory ideas of the...

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Musiqa: Double Life

Musiqa presents a free, intimate gallery concert at the CAMH featuring the world premiere by Musiqa composer intern Charles Halka, a work for percussion with...

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Mel Chin: Rematch (CAMH)

Part of a multi-venue retrospective of work the Houston-born artist Mel Chin, the CAMH presents 19 of Chin’s discrete works made between the early 1970s...

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Double Life

Pushing at our definitions of “performance,” Double Life features a video and performance by Paris-based choreographer Jérôme Bel, a sculptural environment by South Korean artist...

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Hip Hop Talk!

Regina N. Bradley will explore how the work of Atlanta hip hop duo OutKast grounds what she theorizes as the hip hop South and how...

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Triple Candie

Founded in 2001, Triple Candie is a research-oriented, independent curatorial agency–run by two art historians–that produces exhibitions about art but largely devoid of it. Its...

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Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild

The first  solo museum show for Houston musician and visual artist, Robert Hodge. Though his practice has expanded to include site-specific sculpture and hip hop...

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Right Here, Right Now: Houston

The first of “an occasional and ongoing series through which the museum will investigate localized artistic practices.” (Read: we’ll do shows of local artists from...

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More Real Than Reality Itself

New video works Andrea Geyer, Camille Henrot, Laure Prouvost, and A. L. Steiner. The lineup is a who’s who of recently lauded video artists (who...

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Melanie Smith

This exhibition focuses on three video-based installation works: Xilitla: Dismantled 1; Bulto: Fragments; and Elevator. Working in cinematic installations Smith took an ethnographic approach to...

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Nathaniel Donnett: lecture

Donnett presents a lecture held in conjunction with the exhibition Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Egdes/Soft Curves.

Musiqa Loft Concert

In honor of the exhibition Outside the Lines and CAMH’s 65th anniversary, Musiqa will be performing Terry Riley’s In C, which is turning 50 in...

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Painting: A Love Story

By examining the surfaces of these works, one can reconstruct the painterly decisions that lead to the finished image.

Rites of Spring

Recognizing the foreign in the familiar is at the heart of this exhibition which combines abstract paintings with photographs.

1 Response

  1. Dan Graur

    The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston seems to specialize in easy-to-digest trite. All the pieces in the “Outside the Lines” exhibition can be hung in the lobbies of oil companies and banks. There isn’t anything that is controversial, or thought provoking. Everything is decorative and colorful, happy and meaningless, unimaginative, uninspiring, and uninteresting. Every piece is cute and forgettable. There is nothing either original or innovative; the art looks like minor variants of abstract expressionism, color field, and op art. Everything looks like something else. Here an Antoni Tàpies-look alike, there an almost Ad Reinhardt. It’s as if a massive séance brought to like dozens of fake Barnett Newmans, Mark Rothkos, and Clyfford Stills. This museum does not show contemporary, visceral, or important art; it shows decorative pieces that will hang nicely above sofas of coordinated color. Its art neither offends a soul nor inspires the littlest of thoughts. I was sad and disgusted. The abstract art at CAMH is the art of the moneyed and brainless bourgeoisie, a backdrop for receptions, nice innocuous ornaments that do not interfere with the hors-d’oeuvres. The fact that five more such vapid exhibits are planned requires a serious supply of anti-emetics.

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