Houston’s VIP Party Lounge Takes Shape: The Texas Contemporary Adds Powerhouse Partners, Making This No Ordinary FairBY Catherine D. Anspon // 09.12.16
Marna Shopoff’s "Blush," 2016, at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (Courtesy the artist and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans)
Sergio Gutierrez's "La Doble Vision," 2015, at Parallel Oaxaca (Courtesy of the artist and Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico)
Melissa Miller's "Moth," 2016, at Moody Gallery (Courtesy the artist and Moody Gallery, Houston)
This year’s Texas Contemporary Art Fair unfurls big-picture partnerships at the reborn George R. Brown Convention Center. The fair, which opens on September 29, is collaborating with more than 30 cultural institutions around the city, including the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Methodist Hospital, Houston First, and all of the major museums.
Expect to see these groups partying in the highly anticipated Gensler-designed VIP Lounge, a show-stopping structure crafted in dialogue with international furniture showroom BeDesign; sponsors Knoll and Kartell will embellish the lounge to create an unprecedented luxury experience.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will once again be the Fair’s Opening Night beneficiary. This year, Fair-goers can purchase Patron Passes (with proceeds benefitting the museum), granting coveted first access 30 minutes prior at 5:30 pm (for Select Patron Pass holders, a $350 ticket) or 6 pm (Patron Pass, $150). Additional Select Patron Pass and Patron Pass privileges include behind-the-scenes tours at The Menil Collection; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and tony private collectors’ homes. CAMH will also launch an exciting new Young Patrons group for 21- to 40-year- olds at the Fair, offering insider encounters for next-gen art supporters.
AeroMexico comes aboard to fly in collectors and influencers from Mexico City and beyond to experience the Fair and Houston’s celebrated arts culture. In tandem with luxury hotel sponsor the Four Seasons, international and national art luminaries receive special perks including a luxe Four Seasons room package with VIP credentials to the Fair, which unfolds just steps from the downtown hotel.
One of the most enticing events during Fair week is Recipe for Success’ Art + Food benefit, which takes place on Tuesday, September 27, at the Four Seasons (tickets from $250, click here for details. Also, scoop up artist-edition napkins by notable talents in the Recipe for Success booth.
Joining the 60-plus international exhibitors are creative partners. Inprint presents Poetry Buskers, who pen custom poems based upon artworks at the Fair. Houston’s Gulf Coast Journal holds public discussions in the Fair’s theater-turned-reading room. In honor of Gulf Coast’s upcoming 30th anniversary and launch of the Toni Beauchamp Art Lies Prize in Critical Art Writing, the journal presents a panel about the future of critical art writing.
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