Exhibition-This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945–1955

July 14–October 15, 2016
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Free admission

The Heritage Society (THS) is organizing This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965 in partnership with Center for the Advancement of Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). The inaugural exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in 1948 was a show called This Is Contemporary Art. It was a concept, perhaps growing out of a Bauhaus approach brought to Houston by Robert Preusser, emphasizing that both fine and decorative arts should be appreciated and that art was something to bring into all aspects of life.

Current Exhibit

Happy 180th Birthday Houston
in Sam Houston Park


Sunday, August 28, 2016
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sam Houston Park

Celebrate this important milestone with a walk into Houston’s past by visiting the FREE museum exhibits, tour the historic homes of notable businessman, Rice University namesake, William Marsh Rice and African-American legend Reverend Jack Yates, snap a selfie with Sam Houston himself, enjoy LIVE music from the Celtaire String Band, have a rare opportunity to hob-knob with the City of Houston founders “the Allen Brothers” and enjoy cake with Houston’s unsung founder, Charlotte Allen, the “Mother of Houston”.

Family friendly activities and games for the children are also part of the afternoon.

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Exhibit Lecture-This WAS Contemporary Art
By Tam Kiehnhoff

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Learn how exhibit curators approached the concept and assembly of the exhibition.  Hear about the interviews, sources and detective work involved and learn which pieces didn’t make it into the exhibit and why. Additionally, Mrs. Kiehnhoff will touch on potential future discoveries that our research has hinted at or has just begun to explore.

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