Parallel Streets,  Individual Tastes: Spring Art Collection Tours

Two Thursdays, February 9 and 23, 1:00–3:30 P.M. | All sessions will be in private homes; addresses will be provided to subscribers. Limited enrollment.

February 9: In the Museum District, we will tour two houses. Each was designed by their architect owners, each with an intimate knowledge of the people and art that would inhabit the spaces.

We will first visit the collection of a woman who decided at a young age NOT to collect as a rebellious act against the fervent collecting of the remainder of her family. But the family genes prevailed and collect she did! Her eclecticism has combined inherited pieces with what she calls “opportunistic buying” through the years. The “opportunistic” portion of the collection ranges from a fourth-century Byzantine mosaic fragment and a fifteenth-century German wooden apostle figure to contemporary pieces by Dale Chihuly and by Houston artist, Sharon Kopriva.

Our second stop is a contemporary house completed in 2014, nestled into Houston’s smallest historic district. Our hosts insured that their home had ample space for their art as well as outdoor space for gardening and entertaining.  The interior palette of mostly contemporary works is complemented on the exterior by raised beds for herbs and vegetables and lush fern beds. Here we will see works by well-known artists such as David Aylesworth, Louise Nevelson, and James Surls and emerging talents such as Dana Frankfurt and Demetrius Oliver.

February 23:  In River Oaks, we will visit two unusual houses in which the homeowners have accommodated growing families and growing art collections.

First, we will tour a classic Tudor-style house, built in 1934 and since updated. The collection, which includes paintings, sculpture, and drawings, is knit together by a common thread of “detailed quirkiness.” Viewers will enjoy work by artists as varied as Raymond Pettibon, Kara Walker, Donald Moffett, Ken Price, Al Taylor, Ed Kienholz, Dario Robleto, Luis Jimenez, Jorinde Voigt, and Lawrence Weiner. Visitors to the third floor game room will find that the walls are an art installation.

The second collection is an outstanding chronicle of moments in art history over the last fifty years. Designed by architect Howard Barnstone for the current owners in 1970, the house has been the backdrop for frequent gatherings over many decades. This exceedingly personal collection has been amassed by a couple passionate about art, reflecting their shared interests as well as individual favorites. These homeowners collect established artists and also keep their fingers on the pulse of the art community at all times by supporting young artists and emerging artists in a variety of media.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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