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

Cheers, Houston!
Cold Beers•Young Peers
Kirby Ice House


Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:00–10:00 p.m.
Kirby Ice House
$25/person in advance, $30 at the door

It's throwback Thursday and what is old is new again! Join your fellow peers for cold beers at Kirby Ice House on September 29 from 7–9p.m. The $25 toll gets you two drink tickets and an opportunity to hang out with friends, both old and new. There will be a raffle drawing with some great prizes, with proceeds from the event supporting The Heritage Society and Houston’s history! Guests must be 23 years of age or older to attend (per Kirby Ice House rules). Cheers, Houston is being chaired by Shelby Boatwright, Tatum Boatwright, Jeppie Jordan, Madison Langley and Anna McGee. Purchase your ticket today!

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The Houston Art Scene in Transition and Disruption: Frank Freed's Opening Night-Contemporary Arts Museum of 1953 & What is Shows Us

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7–8 p.m.
The Heritage Society Musuem Gallery
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Despite the disruption of World War II, many believed a thriving pre-war art culture might resume its march into the future. But by the early 1960s that earlier culture and the artists who had made it were almost forgotten, replaced by new individuals with their own ideas as to what art in Houston should be about. Learn how that break with the past came about and discover some of the ramifications of our art scene "without a past".

The Museum Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the day of this lecture.