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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 todayâ€™s art; and to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art through education programs.
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 179â€“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 Baltropâ€™s visionary talent as a photographer, one who captured the beauty and decay of some of this countryâ€™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 artistâ€™s many phone conversations and interviews, as well as rare archival and ephemeral material lent by the artistâ€™s Trust.
Jane Alexander: Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope)
On View: August 11 - November 4, 2012
Jane Alexanderâ€™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. Alexanderâ€™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
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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.
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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