Art Dirt: Houston’s Changing Museum Scene

by Glasstire March 24, 2024
A black and white contact proof print of ten photographs of James Harithas standing in front of a white background.

Suzanne Paul, “Jim Harithas,” 1978, gelatin silver contact proof print.

Brandon Zech and Gabriel Martinez talk about the changing state of Houston’s art scene and what the future may bring.

I think we’re seeing one of the most significant changes in the Houston museum landscape in the last ten years. Galleries come and go, artist-run spaces come and go, smaller nonprofits come and go, but the places that we think of as our museums generally don’t tend to come and go.”

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Chris Becker March 25, 2024 - 16:53

I’m going to expand just a bit on some of what you guys mention in this podcast.

Kerry Inman’s purchase of the former Station Museum building was made possible by the recent sale of another Midtown property she had purchased in 2012, the 23,000-square-foot Bermac Arts Building at 4101 San Jacinto St., which for years housed artists’ studios and the Community Artists’ Collective. “Amazing” for Kerry Inman, but a real blow to the Collective.

Not to take anything away from the Station Museum’s legacy, but everything you said about the Station is applicable to the Collective, only more so. And I would welcome more coverage on Glasstire (and other platforms) about Michelle Barnes and the Collective’s long history and impact on Houston’s art scene, and it’s search for a new home.

Lost in the Woods March 27, 2024 - 10:49

One of the Houston art scene’s great strengths has been the strength of artists, groups of artists, leaders and spaces at every level, and the strength of the local scene apart from and intersecting the big institutions. I think the assertion that the big places set the tone really gets something fundamentally wrong about what was exciting about being an artist in Houston. Maybe that is over and it’s fully institutional now, I’m a long time gone from Houston. That would be a shame. It implies an end to possibility. +1 for the commment above


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