Bridget Hovell, Mandy Porter, Christina Brungardt (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Interim museum director Christina Brungardt Instagrammed the experience.
Jay Shinn (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Alisha & Emmanuel Criner (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Nancy Littlejohn, Blakely Griggs, Cabrina Owsley (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Dean Daderko, Rebecca Matalon (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Aaron Parazette's "Solid," 2008, a surf-lingo-inspired canvas, hangs in the Lancaster mezzanine. Parazette, a professor of painting at the University of Houston, came to Houston originally as a Core Fellow at the MFAH Glassell School of Art.
Bryn Larsen, Geoffrey Koslov (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Quintessential Texas-born Robert Rauschenberg's "Samarkand Stitches #VII," 1988, a lively screen print with mixed media, is among the highlights of the revitalized Lancaster's art collection.
Cabrina Owsley, Russell & Lisa Sherrill (Photo by Dave Rossman)
David & Liz Anders (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Ellen Sheedy, Colleen Sheedy, Barbara Collie (Photo by Dave Rossman)
rey Koslov, Rodrigo Leme, David Broadwell (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Hillary Naeve, Justin Smith, Frances Lummis (Photo by Dave Rossman)
ennifer Jackson, Jennifer Moss (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Art-world bad boy Mark Flood’s "Outcrop," 2004, at the redone Lancaster
Marcel & Mary Barone, Beverly Robinson (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Thomas Ziemba, Vickie Milazzo, Candace Baggett & Ron Restrepo (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Tommy Hensley, Stephanie Lawrence, Sara Cain (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Marcel & Mary Barone, Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Tom Van Laan & Ruth Dreessen (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Trey & Blakely Griggs (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Mary Ann & Mark Miller (Photo by Dave Rossman)
Not every hotel can lure a group of tony museum trustees and collectors in for a tour, let alone make an entire evening of it.
One of the first cocktail parties at the newly imagined Lancaster Hotel — Houston’s art hotel — saw the Lancaster’s principal partner Jay Shinn in from Dallas to personally welcome the arts-savvy Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Collectors Circle and Patrons Circle groups.
Shinn, whose also an internationally shown artist with studios in Dallas, New York and Berlin (see his light work here), relayed the highlights of the paintings, photography, works on paper and sculpture that grace the historic Theater District property.
The Lancaster opened its doors in 1926 at the Auditorium Hotel. Early guests included performers at the nearby theaters such as aspiring actor Clark Gable.
Flash forward 90-some years: Shinn discussed his journey as a collector and patron, and singled out works lining the Lancaster’s walls, halls and lobby, reflective of the hotel’s embrace of Texas artists.
On view and in the collection are talents such as Mark Flood, James Surls, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Aaron Parazette, Margo Sawyer, Allison V. Smith and Robert Rauschenberg, many of whom have been CAMH headliners.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Cultivated F+B, catered the arty night. More on the Lancaster’s collection and storied history here.
PC Seen: Interim museum director Christina Brungardt, joined by curators Dean Daderko and recent hire Rebecca Matalon; as well as collector and patron types including gallerist Nancy Littlejohn, Liz and David Anders, Lisa and Russell Sherrill, Blakely and Trey Griggs, Cody Fitzsimmons and Christopher Scott, Foto Relevance’s Bryn Larsen and Geoffrey Koslov, Mary and Marcel Barone, Beverly Robinson, Ruth Dreessen and Tom Van Laan, Alisha and Emmanuel Criner, Cabrina Owsley, Candace Baggett and Ron Restrepo, James Bell, Sara Cain, Frances Lummis, and Hillary Naeve.
And save the date: CAMH 70th Anniversary Gala and Art Auction, Freeze Frame, Friday, April 12, at the museum; tickets and details here.
Artwork images courtesy The Lancaster Hotel Collection