The vibrant Houston art scene didn't spring full-blown from the contemporary professional galleries, individual studios or garages of aspiring Bayou City artists, but instead built on the artists, some brilliant, who preceded them in the 20th century. Now Houstonians have a chance to savor some of these pioneers, in an extensive exhibition that primarily covers the time frame of 1920s through the late 1970s.
"Houston Founders at City Hall" is no ordinary exhibition, since it is hung at City Hall itself and is sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with William Reaves Fine Art. The exhibit addresses four distinct schools of painting: Impressionism, Modernism, African-American Realism and Abstract Expressionism. The art hangs in conference rooms and hallways throughout City Hall.