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  1. 23 Apr
    Wed / 2014
    This summer, the Museum’s Cullinan Hall is teeming with 24,000 hand-painted PVC strands, each two stories high, filling 2,600 square feet of gallery space. And you are invited to walk right into them. Not sure what to expect when you enter the Museum and see the Houston Penetrable, a monumental installation eight years in the making? Here’s a quick rundown. What is the Houston Penetrable? The completed installation consists of thousands of strands suspended from a grid...

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  2. 19 Feb
    Wed / 2014
    California artist Clayton Bailey (born 1939) has devoted his career to comedy, science, and pseudoscience through the medium of ceramics. His 1977 work Monster (“Burping Bowl”), on view in Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, is a cross between a pond-dwelling sci-fi monster and the childhood nightmare of someone living in the toilet bowl. A head rests in a bowl of water, and air is pumped...

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  3. 14 Nov
    Thu / 2013
    One of the centerpieces of "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World" is "Watson and the Shark," the sensational painting that earned artist John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) election to the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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  4. 04 Oct
    Fri / 2013
    Artist and Glassell Junior School instructor Seth Mittag created this reel of stop-motion videos made by his classes over the years. I sat down with Seth to get some background on these sometimes-dark, often-funny videos and his students, who range in age from 8 to 18.

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  5. 29 Aug
    Thu / 2013
    On his way to work, MFAH photographer Will Michels noticed that a bronze sculpture depicting Christopher Columbus had been tagged in several places with silver paint. The sculpture, which stands in Bell Park in the Museum District, was paid for by Houston's Italian-American community. The graffiti appeared in several places . . .

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