Inside the MFAH Posts by Althea Ruoppo
Althea Ruoppo is the curatorial assistant for contemporary art and special projects.
Take Mom to See “Ron Mueck” This Mother’s Day May 4, 2017
Several of Ron Mueck’s sculptures on view now are dedicated to the topic of motherhood. Perfect for a Mother’s Day visit? We think so!
The Art of Kusama Returns to Houston July 3, 2016Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) moved to New York in 1957, quickly emerging as one of the foremost artists of her generation. She developed an artistic practice that uniquely spanned painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, installation, poetry, and fashion. An important member of the male-dominated New York avant-garde of the 1960s, Kusama influenced many of her well-known Pop Art and …
Rothko in Reproduction: Dan Fischer’s Graphite Homage December 15, 2015Does this image look familiar? A photomural based on a photograph most likely taken by Regina Bogat—which shows Mark Rothko standing in front of his 1960 painting No. 7—greets visitors to the exhibition Mark Rothko: A Retrospective. The artwork you see here, however, is a graphite rendering by American artist Dan Fischer, who creates meticulously detailed drawings based on photographs of well- …
What is Abstract Expressionism? September 30, 2015“Abstract Expressionism” refers to the art movement that flourished in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Its leading figures included Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. Few artists in this loosely affiliated circle of painters, however, considered themselves “Abstract Expressionists,” “Action Painters,” or a “New York School”—terms …