We often tell children not to play with their food, but the curatorial staff of one area gallery recently told a group of artists to do just that. We plate up the results in this week’s Art Beat. Produced by Stacee Hawkins and broadcast September 30th, 2016.
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Today, Houston is a hot spot for contemporary craft. In 1998, when Sara S. Morgan and her husband, Bill, first moved back to the city after living in Kansas City, that wasn’t necessarily the case. “I was surprised,” she recalls. “There was very little craft being shown.” Continue Reading »
Guest blog post by Sarah Darro, Curatorial Fellow, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Crafted objects have complex life histories. From their inception to their ultimate decay, the skilled transformation of raw materials into products that are appreciated, used and broken down plays out on a universal scale. Both artisanal food and craft objects embody generations of tradition, specialized knowledge, artistry, and attention to process and material. BEST IF USED BY, on view at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft this fall, questions why we conceive of the worlds of craft and artisanal food separately and enacts the implications of bringing temporal objects into the gallery space. Continue Reading »
American Craft‘s senior editor, Julie K. Hanus, writes about Gabriel’s “artful, architectural, and impeccably constructed handbags,” in the August/September 2016 issue. Here, she shares how she got into the golden ratio, the experience of launching her brand, and why she considers herself an artist rather than a designer.
We sometimes think of artists as working alone in a studio, with only their unseen muse for company. But as we see in our next story, Insightful art is often made in the context of community. Produced by Stacee Hawkins and broadcast July 1st, 2016 on Stafford METV.
With more than 150 different museums in Houston—from transportation-themed spots and the epic Children’s Museum to the hidden treasures—we have no shortage of choices to seek out a bit of culture. That being said, the phrases “art museum” and “small children” don’t always conjure up visions of tranquil days. So, instead of trying to conquer the entire museum district or every gallery of the MFAH, we have focused on these smaller, kid-friendly art museums. I figure the more we practice going to museums when they’re little, the better patrons my kids will become as they get older. Continue Reading »
The residency program at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft has been a part of the institution since its founding in 2001. It’s the only residency in Texas for craft artists, and is one of the few flexible residencies nationally, in that it’s available for 3, 6, 9 or 12-month increments. Residents receive a studio, a monthly stipend of $500 and a quarterly $300 allowance. Seven former and current residents have a small exhibition of their works on view through August 27, 2016. Continue Reading »