SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 / MONTROSE VOICE 9
Brown Pavilion Opens at Fine Arts Museum
By Albert Puente
Montrose Voice Art Critic
Dear readers, fall is upon us, and with it
comes the new season's best art openings.
First and foremost is the opening of the
newly redesigned Brown Pavilion at the
Museum of Fine Arts. The "Grand Tour
Gala" is the name being given to the pavilion's official opening celebration. The
exhibition consists of the museum's finest
collection of European art.
Museum Director Peter Marzio is particularly excited about the "Grand Tour" collection. Marzio and his staff began
working on the Brown Pavilion project in
the fall of 1982.
"A major part of this project has
involved the examination and conservation of the museum's finest works. Just
viewing our paintings and sculptures,
which have been restored, is an uplifting
experience. The new arrangement will
help all of us get a better understanding of
the history of art and of the great tradi
tions of collecting and philanthropy in
Houston," Marzio said.
The Brown Pavilion was designed in
1974 by renowned architect Mies van der
Rohe. The pavilion was a much-needed
addition, which has served as host to traveling exhibitions. Consequently, the
museum's own collection has gone somewhat unnoticed in older parts of the building. Some works have also been removed
from the public hall all together. Hopefully the "Grand Tour" will bring back to
us works which have been forgotten. The
European Galleries will certainly be a
rebirth of our city's Museum of Fine Arts.
The collection, arranged in 13 galleries.
will allow the public to view art from
antiquity to the post-modern era. The
23,000 quare foot pavilion will be a walking history of European art, with over 400
works displayed chronologically covering
4000 years of European art.
Propaganda is another exhibition currently on view at Midtown Art Center's
LaBranch Gallery at 1419 Holman. The
exhibition runs through October 21.
Over 40 Houston artists with a concern
for social issues will be featured in this
controversial and powerful exhibition.
The works have been selected for aesthetic
content and not the artist's particular political beliefs.
Richard Fluhr, Frank Williams, Josefa
Vaughn, Bert Long, Gregory Salazar,
Max Purneda, Chuck Degan, Derek Bosh-
ier, David Crossley and Paul Hester are a
few of the artists represented. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture,
ceramics, works on paper and a site-
specific installation. All works were
created as, are incorporationg, or are in
response to propaganda.
Other current exhibitions in Montrose:
Richard Fluhr/Recent Works, Econo-
mos/Works of Art, 2503 River Oaks Blvd.,
Sept. 14 thru Oct. 19.
Jim Roche/"What's Ta Madda Wid
Ja?'\ Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt, Sept.
14 thru Oct. 12.
John Wenger/Recent Paintings,
Davis/McClain Gallery, 2627 Colquitt,
Sept. 14 thru Oct. 5
David Caton/Recent Paintings, Wilhelm
Gallery, 5201 Bayard, Sept. 7 thru Oct. 2.
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