Museum District Day
Museum District Day is part show and tell and part scavenger hunt. It’s one day each year completely dedicated to exploring all that the district has to offer – from fine art to historic relics to scientific wonders.
The 16th annual Museum District Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Most of the museums will host special events, exhibits and activities for the occasion. Visitors are encouraged to walk the district or to take advantage of free pedicabs -- new this year.
The participating museums have plenty in store – from new exhibits to fun activities for the family -- and admittance to all 18 venues will be free.
The Czech Center Museum will display the works of Czech American Impressionist artist Kamil Kubik, while Lawndale Art Center will feature several artists -- Paolo Piscitelli, Angela Piehl, Lillian Warren and Candance Hicks. The Rice University Art Gallery will host “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art,” including works by acknowledged masters, as well as by emerging, outsider, vernacular and regional artists.
There will be a hands-on exhibit at Children's Museum of Houston entitled “Instructables: Made in Your Mind.” Young visitors will also enjoy the John C. Freeman Weather Museum’s “When Weather Goes Wild!” and “Extreme Weather Guide.”
Photo by Patrick Bertolino, courtesy of the MFAH
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will also offer a full day of family art-making activities -- as well its oil painting gallery cart, stocked with art materials and manned by an art educator, from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be a signing and reading of Diane Lovejoy’s “Cat Lady Chronicles,” a book about one woman’s rescue of 10 orphan cats.
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft invites participants to enjoy the center’s “Gathering of the Guilds” craft demonstrations. The “Glass Graphica” exhibit will be on display – exploring the potential of glass as a graphic medium. The show also serves as a reunion of two artists who met as teacher and student in New York City five years ago, Moshe Bursuker and Miguel Unson.
The Jung Center of Houston will offer a full day of collage activities and will also host a Q&A on expressive writing, typology and dreams from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the neighboring lawn at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Teen Council will host music, refreshments and art workshops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inside the museum, visitors are invited to view “Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope).”
For visitors who love history, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum will offer live re-enactments of “The Buffalo Soldier Story” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Holocaust Museum Houston will have a day of stories from Holocaust survivors and Darfurians -- “Blood Memory: A View from the Second Generation” and “Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery.”
The Menil Collection will offer cultural workshops -- “Gifts of the Spirit” and “Healing.” From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a “Musicircus” by performer John Cage. For another taste of experimental music, visitors can check out the Rothko Chapel. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. percussionist and assistant professor of percussion at Sam Houston State University, John Lane, Ph. D. will perform the “Landscape Scrolls” – a musical piece responding to changing light at different times of day.
Visit houstonmuseumdistrict.org for more details and updates on the district’s plans for the big day.