[Please note: Due to severe winter weather, the Moody Center reopening has been postponed to Tuesday, February 23; CAMH reopening has been postponed to Wednesday, February 24, 2021]
Return to ongoing and new exhibitions when the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Moody Center for the Arts reopen to the public on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
After a several month-long hiatus, two of Houston’s hubs for arts and culture will reopen to the public in mid-February, marking the return of exhibits that were cut short due to the pandemic alongside brand new exhibitions.
For both museums, the return comes with new health and safety protocols that are designed to provide safe environments for visitors to view the exhibitions. Learn more about what to expect for your visiting experience at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Moody Center for the Arts.
Moody Center for the Arts
The Rice University arts outpost will reopen on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The arts center has largely been closed to the public during the pandemic, and was fully closed for installation during the month of January. Upon reopening, visitors can expect to see the following:
- Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration | Through Saturday, May 15, 2021 | NEW – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel, this exhibition highlights the impact the Chapel has had on both artists and the public since opening in 1971. Featured artists include Brice Marden, David Novros, Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary and Byron Kim.
- Creative Interventions: Rice University Outdoor Structures | Through Friday, May 21, 2021 – A new campus art initiative for the 2020-21 academic year includes art murals and installations on the sides of new campus tent facilities and open-air structures, including Allison Hunter’s video projection work showing the movement of bees, Jasmine Zelaya’s Detroit Red celebrating friendship and connectivity in the era of COVID-19, Gonzo247’s Rice Community Mural, a barn-raising from the Dutch collective We Make Carpets, and more.
- Off the Wall: Sondra Perry | Through Sunday, August 1, 2021 – The large-scale site-specific work, Ocean Modifier, spans the south wall of Brochstein Pavilion, offering visitors an encompassing experience of digital imagery that recreates a murky seascape, interspersed with an altered lenticular image of J.M.W Turner’s renowned painting Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On).
The Moody Center for the Arts is open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is always free.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Closed throughout most of the pandemic, CAMH will reopen its doors on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The Museum District exhibition space features the return of an exhibition honoring DJ Screw and his contributions to the world of music and the city of Houston, which was cut short last March. The two exhibitions visitors can explore on reopening include:
- Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses | Through Sunday, April 11, 2021 – Revolving around the legacy of the late Houston legend, DJ Screw, this interdisciplinary exhibition examines the creative process of the producer and his contribution to rap, and assembles a field of artists that appropriate mash-up, collage, and slow down time to emphasize how remixing of “sampled” materials is a radical aesthetic act utilized by both artists and musicians.
- Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves | Through Sunday, May 16, 2021 | NEW – This unique exhibition juxtaposes the paintings of Elizabeth Murray (born in 1940) with the sculptural works of Jessi Reaves (born 1986) that, while generations apart, are each lyrical, playful and engage with the decorative, domestic and bodily.
CAMH is open noon to 6pm, Wednesday through Sunday (until 9pm on Thursdays); closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is always free.
Social Distancing & COVID-19
As we enter into the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts still advise that we have a way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. In the meantime, you can remain vigilant in protecting yourself against the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces, and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.
While the Governor of Texas has lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses are still requiring face masks to enter and enforcing reduced capacity. Familiarize with your destination’s policies ahead of time and please respect their public safety precautions.
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