The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tiny Art Galleries
6. The Windowbox 6700 Harrisburg 713-533-8692, box13artspace.com
Facing busy Harrisburg Boulevard, The Windowbox is a literal store-front (it's part of the East End gallery and artist co-op Box13 Art Space which is housed in a former sewing-machine factory). Made up of a thin sliver of space and floor-to-ceiling windows, The Windowbox has showcased avant-garde installations and experimental art.
We give the gallery extra points for its efficient use of what could have easily been wasted space.
5. Redbud Gallery 303 East 11th St. 713-854-4246, redbudgallery.com
The Redbud Gallery, a modest establishment in the Heights, has been around since 1999. Upcoming exhibits include shows by Finnish artist Inka Maaria Jurvanen and New Orleanean Mark Bercier, neither of which is expected to cause the uproar seen in response to the gallery's 2000 "sextablo" exhibit (an x-rated adaptation of the religious symbols -- think Jesus on the cross ... getting a blow job). Now as then, gallery owner Gus Kopriva says he's showing art. Sometimes it's birds, sometimes it's landscapes, and sometimes it's Jesus on the cross getting a blow job.
Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
4. The Matchbox Gallery Rice University, 6100 Main St. 713-348-4882, studioart.rice.edu
Chris Sperandio, the head of the Rice University Studio Art program, initiated The Matchbox Gallery in 2009 as a way to bring Rice students and the larger Houston arts community together. The gallery's first show, an installation called "For Uncle Buddy with Love" by Rice Arts alumn Erin Rouse, was such a success the program was expanded and the gallery became a permanent part of the Studio Art department.
A second goal was hands-on gallery management experience for Rice students. The first Matchbox director was senior Visual Arts major Logan Beck. The gallery got its name because of its small, boxy space.
"Seth Mittag: We're Still Here..."
Photo courtesy of Seth Mittag
3. The EMERGEncy Room Rice University, 6100 Main 713-348-4882, studioart.rice.edu
As its name implies, the single room project The EMERGEncy Room gallery was started in an effort to showcase emerging artists. Despite its small size, The EMERGEncy Room has been host to several powerful and relevant exhibitions.
"Comics: Works from the Collection of Robert Boyd" is currently on exhibit; past shows include the gallery's inaugural exhibition "Seth Mittag: We're Still Here..." (seen above).
Regular gallery hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 11-3:00 p.m. Saturdays.
2. The Closet Box, inside Box 13 6700 Harrisburg box13artspace.com
It seems the smaller the art galleries get, the more specific organizers must be about where the gallery and its exhibit are to be found. For our number two spot, we've chosen The Closet Box: Micro Gallery/ Wonder Emporium.
Organizers describe it as "an art venue inside a closet at Box 13 Artspace." The gallery, started in September 2009, challenges artists to address its uber-small space and bad lighting as they create site specific installations.
As with the Central Gallery at the Holocaust Museum, The Closet Box presents art to passersby on their way to a library, gallery or studio. (Translation: See art on your way to see art.)
Hours vary, usually available during other events at Box 13.
"Marvin Zindler" visits The Kenmore
1. The Kenmore Various locations 713-582-1198, the-kenmore.blogspot.com
Our number one choice for top tiny art gallery is The Kenmore, a mini-fridge (the kind you see in dorm rooms). The Kenmore is curated by local artist Emily Sloan, who writes that the miniature gallery is not "just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold, mobile exhibition object... [with a] mission ... to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaboration. Sloan, a self-described "internationally unknown artist and Southern Naptist," currently has the traveling exhibition space inside Gallery 1724 (1724 Bissonnet), itself "a gallery, salon, home, and chicken ranch located in the Houston Museum District." The Kenmore is hosting the exhibit ''Jessica Dupuis: Miniature" through the end of May.
Hours vary for The Kenmore from exhibit to exhibit.Previous Page
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