The Mayor's Office, in conjunction with William Reaves Fine Art, brings a splendid selection of art works by many of Houston's earlier painters to the walls of City Hall in an effort to acknowledge the Bayou City's rich arts legacy and to recognize local artists who have made life-time contributions to the growth of the Houston arts scene. With paintings installed in various conference rooms throughout city headquarters, this unique work-place exhibition will be on display through October 1, 2014.
The exhibition was facilitated by Ms. Minnette Boesel, Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs, and organized by William Reaves Fine Art staff. Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Director of the University Museum at Texas Southern University, and Ms. Danielle Burns, Curator of Collections for the Houston Public Library System, served as co-curators for the project. The exhibition addresses four distinct styles, or schools, of painting which emerged in Houston during the fifty years spanning the 1920s through the late 1970s. Included are examples of the city's earliest proponents of Impressionism, Modernism, African-American Regionalism and Abstract Expressionism.
The exhibition is accompanied by a lecture series focusing on the development of Houston art. These talks are free to the public and will include a guided tour of works shown in each conference room. The scheduled series includes:
Friday, June 20, 5-7
Exhibition Talk by Dr. Alvia Wardlaw on Houston's Tradition in African-American Art
Friday, July 11, 5-7pm
Exhibition Talk: Comments on Houston Artists of the Early Twentieth Century by art scholar Randy Tibbits
Wednesday, September 17, 5-7:30pm
Closing Reception and Exhibition Talk: Comments on Texas Modernism by Dr. Katie Edwards