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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Lecture-The Melrose Building: Rehabilitation of a Modern Houston Landmark
by Anna Mod

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
7 p.m.
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

The skyline of downtown Houston is an ever-evolving mixture of buildings spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. As modernist architecture began to appear in the city, the 1952 Melrose Building - completed in the same year as the Gulf freeway - was Houston’s first office tower to fully exhibit the International Style. Now this modern landmark is undergoing rehabilitation for reuse as a hotel. For this Building Arts Lecture, Anna Mod will discuss the Melrose Building’s rehabilitation and the advent of the International Style in Houston.

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