One of the reasons we love having our doctor’s office in the Houston Museum District is that there’s always something new and exciting happening in the neighborhood.
This month, as we take a look at our updated event map for the Houston Midtown, Montrose and Museum District neighborhoods, there are a couple of important changes coming we’d like to make you aware of.
(To see our exclusive event map, click on the image above to download a printable PDF version — it’s a perfect addition to your refrigerator.)
First, we’d like to offer our congratulations to the Russian Cultural Center on Bissonnet. They’ve got some great news. Instead of moving away from the Museum District, they announced they are able to stay in their present location thanks to receiving enough generous donations for a down payment to purchase the building they have been leasing. Check out their current exhibitions and help support their ongoing renovations by shopping at the Russian art and craft shop located within the Center.
February – March Local Events to Note
As we enter the tail end of Winter and start thinking about Spring, there are many new programs and events starting up in the coming weeks.
- Tai Chi has returned to the grounds of the Rothko Chapel on Thursdays at 5 p.m.
- The Menil Collection welcomes a new exhibition of French drawings in a show called Becoming Modern, which opens on February 27th.
- The Czech Center Museum offers a free movie night on March 13th.
- The Health Museum has a brand-new permanent exhibition called the DeBakey Cell Lab which opens on March 27th. It looks like great fun for kids of all ages!
- Be sure to climb to the top of the new McGovern Centennial Gardens, kitty corner from our office and check out the view!
- The 2015 Miller Outdoor Theater season kicks off on March 20th with Spencer Davis.
The Big News: Major Expansion of MFAH Kicks off This Summer
Starting this summer, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) starts construction on their ambitious master plan to transform their existing collection of buildings into a more cohesive campus setting.
The new MFAH master plan calls for erecting not one but two major new signature buildings, plus a new conservation center for the museum curators and a new campus-wide landscaping plan to tie it all together.
To make room for an all new structure, the existing 35-year old Glassell School of Art building — known for its mirrored glass block exterior along Montrose Boulevard — will be knocked down at the conclusion of this Spring’s school semester.
During the planned two year construction project, Glassell’s art classes will be relocated to a temporary location in the Texas Medical Center.
The new, replacement Glassell School of Art building, which was designed by Steven Holl Architects, will be a modern L-shaped structure, constructed of sandblasted vertical precast concrete panels set at dramatic angles. The exterior landscaping will extend from the ground level upwards to a stair-stepped amphitheater — which will continue upwards to a spectacular roof garden. At the street level, there will be a new café and art supply store for students and for the public.
Starting in 2017, the parking lot to the east of the Lily and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden will be transformed into the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. This major new expansion of MFAH will be dedicated to post-1900 art collections. Also planned for construction nearby is the new Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation.
We’ll have a further update on these changes plus the new landscaping plan for the MFAH campus in our next edition.