Houston Arts

Houston Arts

Unlike culture-rich eastern cities, Houston Arts accumulated mostly in the last 75 years of the 20th century. Due so much oil philanthropy, its pleasant to see the breadth and depth of arts venues in their sprawling metro area powered by the novurveau riche.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
DESCRIPTION: this venue features art from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas from antiquity to the present; includes an outdoor sculpture garden, the Glassell School of Art, many temporary exhibitions and public programs, and weekly showings of Hollywood classics and foreign films. MFAH is the nation’s sixth largest art museum. The Straus Collection of Renaissance and 18th-century art and the Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art are superb. See works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gaugin that are equally inspiring.
ADMISSION: A matrix prices on their website
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-7p, Sun Noon-7p
ADDRESS: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: east of the Beck and Law buildings in the MFAH Visitors Center
PHONE: 713-639-7300
WEBSITE: http://www.mfah.org

Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1948, the new venue housed in an award-winning metal-sheathed parallelogram opened in 1972. The museum exemplifies the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and contemporary society through its exhibitions, public and educational programs. It has hosted art by Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, and John Biggers, this non-collecting institution is dedicated to presenting the most exciting international, national and regional art. It has a first rate gift shop.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 713-284-8250
WEBSITE: http://www.camh.org

The Menil Collection
DESCRIPTION: World-renowned art collectors John and Dominique de Menil, created this exceptional 15,000-piece museum of Byzantine art to the 20th-century schools of Cubism, Minimalism, and Surrealist works. The museum is noted for attracting leaders of the contemporary art world on touring exhibitions.
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-7p
ADDRESS: 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-525-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.menil.org

Cy Twombly Gallery
DESCRIPTION: A small, exquisite gallery designed by architect Renzo Piano to specifically contain works by American artist Cy Twombly. As such, the museum conveys as much that is good with natural light, as it does art.
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Wed–Sun 11a–7p
ADDRESS: 1501 Branard Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-525-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.menil.org/visit/twombly.php

Rothko Chapel
DESCRIPTION: Founded by John and Dominique de Menil, it was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary to people of every belief it functions as chapel, a museum and a forum. This modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvasses of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, welcomes thousands of visitors each year from all parts of the world. The eight-sided structure is adorned only by 14 paintings by modern artist Mark Rothko. The reflecting pool in front contains Barnet Newman’s memorial sculpture to the Martin Luther King, Jr. — its called Broken Obelisk.
ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Yupon and Sul Ross Streets
PHONE: 713-524-9839
WEBSITE: http://www.rothkochapel.org

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2001, it emphasizes objects of art made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood. The 3,000 square feet of the center exhibits the work of local and national artists and art educators. Additional space is allocated for artist studios. Asher Gallery, within Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, serves as a retail showcase for the work of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists in all craft media.
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted and art may be purchased
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
PHONE: 713-529-4848
WEBSITE: http://www.crafthouston.org

Lawndale Art and Performance Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1979, this alternative exhibition space for contemporary works in all media focusing on Houston area artists. With four galleries in its architecturally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly.
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted and art may be purchased
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p, Sat Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 713-528-5858
WEBSITE: http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org

Holocaust Museum Houston
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1996, its dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust in Europe, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. The museum uses the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy to a civil society. Permanent exhibits include Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers and many touring exhibits stop here as well.
ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Free parking in front and on the sides of the museum
PHONE: 713-942-8000
WEBSITE: http://www.hmh.org

Health Museum Houston
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1969, today it has evolved into an interactive science learning center and a member institution of Texas Medical Center, it encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. Its conveniently located across from the Children’s Museum and near the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
ADMISSION: Adults $8, Ages 3-12 and Ages 65+ $6
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: $3 on premises, paid when you enter the museum
PHONE: 713-521-1515
WEBSITE: http://www.thehealthmuseum.org

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
DESCRIPTION: A non-profit organization founded to preserve, present, promote and popularize the artistic expressions of ordinary people. Jeff McKissack created The Orange Show in honor of his favorite fruit and his belief that longevity results from hard work and good nutrition. Working in isolation from 1956 until his death in 1980, McKissack used common building materials and found objects to transform an East End lot into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.
ADMISSION: inexpensive
DAYS & HOURS: Sat-Sun Noon-5p; Summer hours include Wed-Fri 9a-1p
ADDRESS: 2402 Munger Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 713-926-6368‎
WEBSITE: http://www.orangeshow.org

Art Car Museum
DESCRIPTION: A private institution that provides exhibition space and forums for artists to discuss the art of cars. See unique mind-blowing car art from many genres of cars. If you love art on cars, you must make a pilgrimage here.
ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 713-861-5526
WEBSITE: http://www.artcarmuseum.com

Alley Theatre
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest professional theater companies in the country, and as its names implies, began in an alley over 60 years ago. No longer roughing it, the theater has long since moved to this post-modernist structure. Though brutish on the outside, it deserves rousing cheers on the inside housing two intimate stages. The resident theatrical troupe was awarded a Tony Award as an outstanding regional theater. Hubbard Stage seats 824 and Neuhaus Stage seats 310.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: paid parking on premises
PHONE: 713-228-8421
WEBSITE: http://www.alleytheatre.org

Jones Hall
DESCRIPTION: Since opening in 1966, The Jones is still stunning to look at day or night. Entering the venue, visitors will notice the Gemini II sculpture hovering from the ceiling and curved marble walls – timeless taste. The Jones is home of the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts. It features a 2,745-seat shoe-box shape, multi-mezzanine venue for international solo artists, orchestras and dance companies.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 615 Louisiana Avenue, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: garage under Theater District Plaza
PHONE: 713-224-7575
WEBSITE: http://www.joneshall.org

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: This iconic structure features a sweeping glass facade that faces the downtown skyline; exquisite detail abound from the creamy limestone throughout to the transcendental gold leaf of the Grand Lobby ceiling. The 2,650-seat Sarafim auditorium with a star-studded ceiling, an appropriate home for touring Broadway plays. The popular Theatre Under The Stars troupe playing in the 500-seat Zilkha Hall. Touring R&B, Reggae and Jazz artists also perform here
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 11a-4p
ADDRESS: 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: a 7-level, 800-car garage behind complex
PHONE: 713-678-5440
WEBSITE: http://www.thehobbycenter.org

Verizon Wireless Theater
DESCRIPTION: An anchor venue of Bayou Place, this venue has been voted best Best Live Music Venue for 3 years running by the Houston Press. Many Jazz, Country, R&B, Rock and Hip-Hop groups perform at this 2,933-seat, shoebox shape theater where fans get a close view of top national performers and nice acoustics.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat 10a-2p
ADDRESS: 520 Texas Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Theater District Underground Parking Garage
PHONE: 713-230-1666
WEBSITE: http://www.livenation.com/venue/verizon-wireless-theater-tickets

Theatre District Plaza
DESCRIPTION: An open-air plaza for free performances to host several hundred people downtown. Kids will enjoy the over-sized chess board and pieces. A glue-like location that unifies Houston’s Theatre District between Bayou Place, Verizon Wireless Theater, Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Wortham Center; better yet, it sits over a large secured garage.
ADDRESS: surrounded by Texas, Smith, Capitol, and Louisiana, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: under the plaza

Wortham Center
DESCRIPTION: This is a grand performing arts venue from the outside with its over-sized balls and flashy billboard guiding you to the entrance. Once inside, the dramatic Grand Foyer lets you choose between the elegant 1,100-seat Cullen Theater or the larger and equally polished the 2,254-seat Brown Theater. The beloved, privately-funded Wortham Center is home of the Houston Grand Opera, Society for the Performing Arts, and Houston Ballet.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 550 Prairie Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Theater District Parking Garage
PHONE: 713-237-1439
WEBSITE: http://www.worthamcenter.org

Miller Outdoor Theater
DESCRIPTION: Offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston venue, and it’s all FREE; Classical, Jazz, Ballet, Afrocentric dance, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and more. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside, because all performances at Miller are family-friendly. Hillside seating is not reserved, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. NO glass containers are allowed. Tickets are available at the Box Office on first-come first-serve basis between 11:30a-1p on the day of the performance, remaining tickets are given out one hour before curtain.
BOX OFFICE: Free
ADDRESS: 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Miller lot behind the theater
PHONE: 713-533-3276
WEBSITE: http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Arena Theatre
DESCRIPTION: One of Houston’s oldest and most successful concert venues, it features a theater in the round design, with no seat more than sixty feet from the stage. Guests have an intimate evening with their favorite entertainers. This 2,750-seat live theater has presented legendary artists such as BB King, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Howard Hewett, Kirk Whalum, and Smokey Robinson.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Fri 10:30a–6p; Sat-Sun open at Noon ONLY if an event is scheduled
ADDRESS: 7322 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: garage nearby
PHONE: 713-772-5900
WEBSITE: http://www.arenahouston.com

Da Camera of Houston
DESCRIPTION: one of America’s leading presenters and producers of ensemble music. As such, its a nice venue for chamber music and jazz.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 9a-5p; Tickets may also be purchased at Wortham Center 90 minutes before the performance
ADDRESS: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX MAP
and another venue at The Menil Collection  MAP
PARKING: under Theatre District Plaza; when at the Menil Collection park on West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-524-5050
WEBSITE: http://www.dacamera.com

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