Mini-installation of 5 Year Plan Project by artist Aaron Sinift (which began in 2009) provides a window into an experiment in applied Gandhian economics. Swadeshi art book and jhola editions were created as a seva in honor of M.K.Gandhi. This independent DIY project reduces the degrees of separation between the international art world and Gandhi’s weaving collectives in India in a way that honors all participants as equals and cycles resources back to communities in need.
October 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015
August 2014 will mark the centenary of World War One, a war whose legacy remains profound in the 21st century. To commemorate its outbreak and its legacy, Dr. Irene Guenther, History Professor in the Honors College, University of Houston, and Dr. Marion Deshmukh, Professor of History and Art History at George Mason University, are curating a fascinating exhibition, "Postcards from the Trenches: German and Americans Visualize the Great War". The exhibit will center on ordinary soldiers, who often conveyed their experiences through “field postcards,” blank postcards distributed to soldiers at the war front on which they corresponded with their loved ones at home. While some soldiers wrote about their ordeal, others painted or drew their experiences. Postcards were ubiquitous, the “social currency” of World War I.
October 23, 2014 – February 14, 2015
Prints by Charles Criner
In keeping with our educational outreach efforts, in 2007 the Museum created a traveling exhibition of prints from the Museum’s collection by our Artist-in-Residence, Charles Criner, for tours to schools in the Houston area. At no cost to the schools, two sets of ten printed works by Criner, along with study guides for teachers and student workbooks, are designated to benefit those schools lacking resources for field trips, especially inner-city schools. To schedule this exhibition for your school, please contact Mr. Criner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of Birds and Texas: the Art of Stuart & Scott Gentling
Inspired by John James Audubon, the Gentling brothers set out to create their own visions of Texas wildlife, searching out some 50 birds in their native habitats, from the Big Bend, the Panhandle, the Big Thicket, and the Gulf Coast. The result was the elephant folio, Of Birds and Texas, published by the Gentling Editions Press in 1986. This limited edition of 500 copies was designed and printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press in Austin. Illustrations were printed by offset lithography and text was printed letterpress using Centaur monotype on Mohawk Superfine paper. This collection of forty exquisitely detailed bird portraits and ten Texas landscapes has been deemed by the Dallas Morning News as “the most magnificent book ever produced in Texas.”
Available for rental are the complete set of 40 bird prints, size 28” x 34” framed. A complete manual accompanies the exhibition. A loan agreement form, rental fee and certificate of insurance for “wall to wall” coverage are required. Shipping and packing must be done by a mutually agreeable fine arts shipper/packer. For more information, please contact Keelin Burrows, Curator, email@example.com, 713-522-4652, ext. 207.