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Inaugural Installations: Kinder Building Opens November 21, 2020


Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke Roses, 2016

COLLECTIVITY | Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke Roses, 2016, lithograph in colors, inkjet print, printed chine-collé on wove paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Carol Lynne Werner at Art + Paper 2019. © Wendy Red Star

COLOR INTO LIGHT | Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1956–62, oil on Masonite, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Anni Albers and the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. © 2020 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

COLOR INTO LIGHT | Abraham Palatnik, Aparelho cinecromático, 1962, wooden box with plastic cover, electric motor, colored light bulbs linked to a programmed electric circuit, and cardboard paddles, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © Abraham Palatnik

LINE INTO SPACE | Brice Marden, Hydra, Summer 1990, I of V, 1990, ink, gouache, and watercolor on wove paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Charles Engelhard Foundation in honor of Louisa Stude Sarofim. © 2020 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

LOL! | David Slater, Monkey Selfie, 2011, printed 2018, inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by James Edward Maloney, Joan Morgenstern, and Clinton T. Willour in honor of the monkey.

LOL! | Humberto and Claudio Campana and KAWS, Prototype for Banquete KAWS, 2017, stuffed toys, canvas, thread, and stainless steel, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the bequest of Arthur Robson Jr. in honor of Claire and Robert T. Lober. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AUTVIS, Sao Paolo

BORDER | Kerianne Quick, Greetings from Mexico, or Souvenirs from the Border, 2013, steel, stainless steel, rubber, and leather, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Mike Holmes. © Kerianne Quick

WITNESS | Kara Walker, Slaughter of the Innocents (They Might Be Guilty of Something), 2016, cut paper, acrylic, and graphite on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © Kara Walker

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building is dedicated to the Museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. The soaring spaces feature displays that span media encompassing painting and sculpture, craft and design, video, and immersive installations.

The third-floor galleries are devoted to thematic exhibitions, and the Kinder Building opens with five inaugural installations of art from the 1960s onward.

Collectivity explores artists’ use of diverse materials and techniques to activate a sense of community. Highlights include vibrant lithographs by Wendy Red Star; Carrie Mae Weems’s Kitchen Table Series of photographs; Beatriz Gonzalez’s Mutis por el foro, a metal bedframe depicting the death of Simón Bolivar; and Teresa Margolles’s Lote Bravo, an installation of 400 adobe bricks made by hand out of the soil where murdered women had been buried in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Color into Light showcases work by artists celebrated for their study of color dynamics, including Josef Albers, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Sam Gilliam, Hans Hofmann, Hélio Oiticica, Abraham Palatnik, and Ettore Sottsass. Among the works on view are neon pieces by Gyula Kosice and Keith Sonnier; investigations of transparency by Fred Eversley and Shiro Kuramata; and cameraless photographs by Christopher Bucklow and Susan Deges.

Line into Space examines how artists explore line in multiple dimensions and media, from works on paper to jewelry, three-dimensional constructions, and furniture. This installation features more than two dozen works by Gego, including drawings, sculptures, and a watercolor, presented with selections such as Brice Marden’s drawing Hydra, Summer 1990; Joris Laarman’s stainless steel Dragon Bench; and Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculpture Méta-Malevich.

LOL! features art that uses humor as a strategy. Now-classic sculptures, photographs, and videos by Claes Oldenburg, Tony Oursler, Sandy Skoglund, and William Wegman are on view, along with surprising works such as Grupo Mondongo’s Calavera 4 (Skull 4), with its humorously re-contextualized sociopolitical, pop-culture, and art-historical references; improbable furniture prototypes by the Campana Brothers and KAWS; and Yoshitomo Nara’s untitled drawings of cute, mischievous girls.

Border, Mapping, Witness considers maps and borders in geographic, social, and political terms. Among the ideas presented are works that survey and rationalize a terrain (Carlos Garaicoa, Zarina Hashmid, Guillermo Kuitca, Julie Mehretu, Fazal Sheikh, Rosemarie Trockel); that bear witness to social injustices (Richard Avedon, Christian Boltanski, Erika Diettes, Melvin Edwards, Carmela Gors, Glenn Ligon, Oscar Muñoz, Betye Saar, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker); and that engage the notion of border as fraught with violence (Ramiro Gomez, Luis Jiménez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Camilo Ontiveros, Miguel Ángel Rojas, David Taylor).

Inaugural Installations: Kinder Building | November 21, 2020 through 2021

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Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
5500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
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