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Lost in Space

"Visionary" artists share their universe at The Menil Collection.

Charles A.A. Dellschau's incredibly inventive drawings were rescued from the trash by a Houston junk dealer.
Hickey-Robertson, Houston
Charles A.A. Dellschau's incredibly inventive drawings were rescued from the trash by a Houston junk dealer.

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The Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Montrose

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"Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection"

Through January 15, 2012. The ­Menil ­Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400.

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Dellschau's drawings, which sometimes incorporated newspaper clippings about flight, are thought to be a history of a secret flight society of Dellschau's imagining. The images and their narrative are incredibly inventive, and it makes you wonder how many other people out there have this kind of talent inside them but will never have the time or the opportunity to get it out. What about that guy who's always on duty at the quick stop, the 60-year-old waitress bringing you coffee, the person sacking your groceries? We live in a day and age when arts education is widely cut and often treated as some frivolous excess. This show is a reminder that the amazing is present in the seemingly ordinary — and in the reviled.

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