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Louisiana Traveler: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


If you visit Contemporary Arts Museum Houston once and don't like what you see, don't worry. Come again. The exhibits are always changing.

Senior curator Valerie Cassel Oliver said the museum is writing history as it happens as a non-collecting museum.

"It means we don't have a collection. We don't purchase art work. We present art that artists are creating either presenting the first museum exhibition of young artists or featuring the work of more established artists," Oliver said.

In fact, Houston's art community draws visitors from all over the world. Johnnene Maddison came here with friends from Ontario, Canada.

"This is my very first time in Houston. I came just because I wanted to see the art. I tend to like to go to other cities just to look at art. I'm an artist myself, full-time, professional visiting artist. I like to go to other cities to see what they have to offer," Maddison said.

Located in the heart of Houston's museum district at the corner of Montrose and Bissonett, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has been here since 1948.

And as the museum approaches its 65th anniversary, Oliver hopes to continue to spotlight Houston's brightest and best artists.

"Contemporary art is not always about being provocative or always being challenging. Oftentimes, it's a way for people to come to terms with the world around them," Oliver said.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is one of 19 organizations that make up Houston's Museum district, located just a mile and a half from Mecom Fountain.

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