United States

5216 Montrose Blvd.
Phone: 713-284-8255
Fax: 713-284-8275
Website: www.camh.org

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to presenting the art of our time to the public. As a non-collecting museum, its mission is to provide a forum for art with an emphasis on the visual arts of the present and recent past; to document new directions in art through changing exhibitions and publications; to engage the public in a lively dialogue with today’s art; and to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art through education programs.

Permanent Collection

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston does not have a permanent collection.


Perspectives 179 - Alvin Baltrop: Dreams Into Glass

On view: July 20 - October 21, 2012

Perspectives 179–Alvin Baltrop: Dreams Into Glass is the first major solo museum survey of work by this African-American photographer. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1948, Baltrop died from cancer in 2004 at a Manhattan hospital at the age of fifty-five. His work was rarely publicly presented during his lifetime but has become a focus of art world attention in the last five years, including an article in Artforum magazine and in the New York Times. This exhibition serves to introduce audiences to Baltrop’s visionary talent as a photographer, one who captured the beauty and decay of some of this country’s most iconic urban landscapes as well as the pivotal moments of a society in transition. The survey features both vintage photographs and recent prints created by the artist over a thirty-five year period, including work from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s, a slide presentation of images shot by the artist that were not printed, and a sound collage taken from the artist’s many phone conversations and interviews, as well as rare archival and ephemeral material lent by the artist’s Trust.

Previous Exhibitions

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Jane Alexander: Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope)

On View: August 11 - November 4, 2012

Jane Alexander’s hybrid mutants speak to the porous borders between humans and other forms of animal life. Alexander acts as a surveyor mapping the forces, interests, and passions at play in human behavior. Her sculptures, installations, and photomontages are firmly rooted in her South African experience. They also transcend their locality, revealing the disparity felt every day around the world between the rhetoric of peace and decorum and the human capacity for oppression and violence. Alexander’s body of work throws into relief the asymmetric relations and practices that preclude access for so many people to a free and dignified existenc



Opening hours

Tue 10AM - 7PM
Wed 10AM - 7PM
Thu 10AM – 9PM
Fri 10AM – 7PM
Sat 10AM – 6PM
Sun 12PM – 6PM
Closed Monday

Getting there

Accessible by public bus and light rail. For current routes and schedules visit www.ridemetro.org.


The entire Museum is wheelchair accessible. The Museum Store was recently named the city's "Ultimate Gift Shop" by the Houston Chronicle.

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The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston offers a variety of programs for children and their parents. At our information desk, you can ask for a free Art Pack, which includes a Family Guide (in English or Spanish) with special activities for children.


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The CAMH Teen Council (TC) is a group of motivated young people (ages 15-19) employed by the Museum, who are committed to bringing the art of their time to their peers. They meet regularly to explore the arts and create youth-oriented programming and events.

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A CAMH membership gives you an insider connection to some of the most exciting, innovative art of our time, placing you smack-dab in the middle of a dynamic relationship between contemporary art and contemporary society. Not only that, but you will also be supporting an exciting and innovative roster of exhibitions and programs, all available for free to the public throughout the year. So join the CAMH community today and become a part of tomorrow’s art history.

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