A Stunning Space

The new Asia Society Texas Center is a work of art itself. The downstairs exhibition space is pretty good, too.

If this hometown connection was important enough to be the exhibition's raison d'être, it would have been helpful to have more background on the artists — who lived here, where? Was the work made here? As for the collectors, how did they come to acquire these artworks, and why? There are many stories contained within these pieces that we aren't privy to, but would add a whole new level to their appreciation.

"Texas Connections" will be on display through September 16. This is the first, and may very well be the last, show on the ground floor of the Asia Society, as it's unclear if the center will continue showing work there. The main exhibition space, the upstairs Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery, will feature temporary and traveling exhibitions of traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art, beginning with the current exhibition of centuries-old Asian sculptures and ceramics from the Rockefeller Collection. But given that part of the Asia Society's new mission, thanks to the space afforded by the building, is to put on art exhibitions, it would be a shame not to use the downstairs too.

Mel Chin's The Cabinet of Craving is the talker of the exhibition.
Nash Baker ©
Mel Chin's The Cabinet of Craving is the talker of the exhibition.

Location Info


Asia Society Texas Center

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

Category: Community Venues

Region: Greenway Plaza


"Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connections"

Through September 16.

The Asia Society could — and should — be the place to see Asian artwork in Houston. The MFAH currently holds that crown thanks to its modest but growing Arts of Asia collection. I think it would help the Asia Society's cause immensely to have a curator on staff, but of course, the center has only been open for two months — you can still smell the paint on the walls — and a lot remains to be seen. Certainly, Taniguchi's building will have no trouble bringing people in. Let's be sure to give them something to see.

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