The 1940 Air Terminal Museum adjoining Hobby Airport will be illuminated as part of Sculpture Month Houston with a site-specific projection by Houston artist Pablo Gimenez Zapiola.
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum becomes an art destination thanks to Sculpture Month Houston.
Pablo Gimenez Zapiola at The 1940s Air Terminal Museum.
Mexico City-based Thomas Glassford beams in the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Opening Saturday, October 20, Glassford joins seven Texas artists at the museum as one of the Sculpture Month Houston exhibitions co-curated by Tommy Gregory and Volker Eisele. Glassford is represented by Sicardi Gallery of Houston, which facilitated the artist's participation, which adds an international note for the first time to Sculpture Month Houston, now in its third year.
Ephemera from the golden age of flight are a bonus view while checking out "Wild blue yonder" at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Exhibition opens Saturday, October 20, 6:30 to 9 pm, and remains on view through December 1.
Houston-based Christy Karll will contribute a video installation (shown here) and a sculpture for her part of "Wild blue yonder," at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.
Houston painter Julie DeVries sculpture installation at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, one which pushes the boundaries of her practice in an important new direction.
Shane and Peter Allbritton's contribution to Sculpture Month Houston at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum will also feature a surprise component unveiled opening night, Saturday, October 20, 6:30 to 9 pm.
Artist Christy Karll and curator Tommy Gregory at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum during the install stage of the "Wild blue yonder," which involves eight talents.
The Silos are another important component for Sculpture Month Houston, offering one of the city's most unique venues for showing contemporary site-specific sculpture in dialogue with an agrarian relic from these 60-year old former rice silos.
"Peak Shift" at SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards has public hours Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 6 pm, with complimentary art tours every Saturday at 2 pm.
The roster of artists in "Peak Shift," at SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, one of the definitive exhibitions during Sculpture Month Houston.
Jessica Stockholder’s "Strings Attached Too," 2015, at SITE Gallery, The Silos at Sawyer Yards (Courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Photo Nick Sanford)
Liss LeFleur impresses with her hypnotic videos at The Silos.
Ann Wood's frosted confection at SITE Gallery at The Silos at Sawyer Yards.
Ann Wood's sculpture at The Silos also has a dark side.
Alan Mur takes in Ann Wood's towering frosted fountain at opening night of "Peak Shift" at SITE Gallery, at The Silos. (Photo Cindy Lisica)
Ann Wood's frothy surfaces are a mashup of cake decorating, animal-malia and flora.
A personal fave: San Antonio artist Hills Snyder makes a Dada statement with his installation at the Silos.
Dallas mid-career Frances Bagley, whose exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, is among the headliners at The Silos.
Houston duo Hillerbrand + Magsamen's domestic take on Fluxus is so smart, a standout from "Peak Shift" at The Silos.
Jeff Williams' installation at The Silos is spare, poetic, and employs pink in an unexpected way.
Jeff Williams at The Silos in a powerful dialogue with the history of the agricultural ruin that has been reborn thanks to its new art purpose.
The original control room at The Silos at Sawyer Yards shows off the circuitry of 1960, the year The Silos was erected.
"Peak Shift" at SITE Gallery at The Silos is amidst the Sawyer Yards complex; and adjoins Art Alley, a showcase for street art.
Two curators — one an artist whose day job is overseeing all the public art at the Houston Airport System, the other a gallerist who makes his living as an anesthesiologist — Tommy Gregory and Dr. Volker Eisele, have given the Texas art world fall’s most dramatic art experiences.
The timing is perfectly pitched too, in the heart of Houston’s big art fall, after the Texas Contemporary, and the reopening of The Menil Collection, and weeks before the eagerly watched unveiling of the Menil Drawing Institute.
Silos, a Terminal, and a Tower
For those enamored of industrial relics, we have the art installations for you: Prepare for close encounters with decommissioned rice silos transformed via sculptural interventions.
The result is often better than a Whitney Biennial — and feels right for these uncertain times.
There are other venues, too, which nod to the romance of air travel — a Miesian control tower by Pulitzer-winning architect I.M. Pei at Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston and this writer’s favorite discovery, an Art Moderne gem of an airport terminal, adjoining Hobby Airport, that dates from the days where extinct carriers Eastern and the storied Braniff made air travel glamourous and important.
Both decommissioned tower and terminal are outfitted to reveal new definitions of public sculpture.
Along with the silos, all three are part of the programming of Sculpture Month Houston, now in its third iteration, one which has matured in quality and curation to get it pitch perfect this fall.
With international artists participating for the first time (including Jessica Stockholder at The Silos at Sawyer Yards and Mexico City-based Thomas Glassford, thanks to the generosity of his Houston dealer, Latin American powerhouse Sicardi Gallery) at The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport, there’s never been a better time for an immersion into contemporary sculpture.
Twenty Texas talents also impress in exhibitions organized and curated by SMH, augmented by shows presented by 40 other entities, including galleries, nonprofits, museums and City Hall. Most exhibitions run through December 1.
Gregory tells PaperCity, he hopes the exhibitions — which for the first time received a grant from Houston Arts Alliance, paid through umbrella nonprofit Fresh Arts — will foster “a community effect.” Artists are being paid stipends at the Silos and IAH, thanks to the HAA grant, with additional funding sought via Indiegogo to secure stipends for exhibiting talents at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum (to contribute to the entire citywide project titled “Peak Shift,” click here.)
Gregory and Eisele, along with Antarctica Black of Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery are tirelessly working on Sculpture Month Houston as volunteers. Gregory and Eisele curate, while Black serves as the administrator and point person for this ambitious citywide art endeavor — one which has the real potential to become a draw for cultural visitors to pilgrimage to Houston.
Eisele provided funds from his own pocket to pay for out-of-state shipping costs in the case of the Stockholder.
Gregory, along with volunteer and fellow artist Trey Duvall perilously climbed a ladder 86 feet high to install the Stockholder that forms the gateway piece at the entrance to the Silo’s SITE Gallery.
Calendar this date for the second of the exhibit’s openings, free, with the public invited. (Donations also welcome.)
“Jo Ann Fleischhauer: Trapping time,” at The Tower at IAH (enter through the parking garage at Terminal A), this Thursday, November 1, 7 to 9 pm.
Find complete details on Sculpture Month Houston here.
Scroll through our slide show to see some of our picks from the “Peak Shift” exhibition at SITE Gallery, at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, and a preview of the installation at 1940 Air Terminal Museum.