Houston Lifestyles & Homes April 2010
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Ruben Coy painting
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Streetscape Auction Benefits
Community Art Organizations
Paintings of Houston streetscapes by nine local artists were auctioned off at the grand opening of Venue Museum District, a two-building luxury apartment mid-rise. Beneficiaries of the sale were Lawndale Art Center and the Art League of Houston The 4-foot by 6-foot canvases were available for public viewing along the MetroRail on Fannin prior to the
auction.
Named the Venue Paint Project by Grayco Partners, builder of Venue Museum District, the paintings were commissioned specifically for the project. Paintings depicted the artists ’ personal intrepetation of Houston, and included a tribute to Sam Houston, Buffalo Bayou and the downtown skyline. Patrons of the arts bid on their favorites and were treated to an inside view of the new luxury apartment complex.
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Venue Paint Project artists Tre Slaughter, Suzzane Sellers and Liz Conces Spencer share a laugh at the grand opening celebration.
Artwork by Tre Slaughter
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Artwork by Salli Babbitt
This September, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens—the MFAH’s historic house museum for American paintings and decorative arts—will open the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, greatly increasing the museum ’s capacity for programming, outreach and scholarship in American art and fulfilling the vision of its founder, Miss Ima Hogg.
Bayou Bend, the former estate of the legendary Houston philanthropist and collector, houses one of the most distinguished collections of its kind in the world. The new Kilroy Center will serve as a destination resource dedicated to American art, culture, and history, one that will foster a greater understanding of Bayou Bend ’s unique contributions to the field through its collections, its architecture and its surrounding gardens and woodlands. In addition, the project features the renovation and reinstallation of significant rooms in the house museum to be used as exhibition space for both new acquisitions and objects not exhibited before, including extensive and significant collections of silver and textiles.
“Bayou Bend has long been a vital resource for scholarship in American decorative arts and a beloved destination for Houstonians, ” commented Bonnie Campbell, director of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. “The Kilroy Center will enable us to better serve all of our audiences, while enhancing our ability to tell the story of American art, culture and history through the unique lens of Bayou Bend and its collection and gardens. ”
“I think of the Kilroy Center as a kind of learning machine in a garden,” commented MFAH director, Dr. Peter C. Marzio. “It’s an elegant and efficient facility, and its capacity for programming, scholarly research and public access will allow the house museum itself, for the first time, to truly fulfill its potential as a unique resource for American art and material culture. ”
The center realizes the vision of Texas collector and philanthropist Ima Hogg, who gave Bayou Bend and her
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Bayou Bend Museum house. v Bayou Bend Museum gardens.
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MFAH’s Bayou Bend Collection Begins New Chapter in Fall 2010
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Architectural rendering of the new Kilroy Visitor and Education Center scheduled to open in September.
collection of American decorative arts and painting to the MFAH in 1957.  A Texas governor’s daughter, trained as a pianist in New York, Berlin and Vienna, Miss Hogg (1882-1975) devoted her life and philanthropy to supporting mental health, education, historic preservation, classical music and the arts in Texas. She intended for her public gift of Bayou Bend and its collections to tell the full story of American history to the citizens of a state that was barely a century old. While Bayou Bend was opened to the public in 1966, Miss Hogg foresaw the eventual need for expanded visitor amenities. She purchased an additional parcel of land to the 14-acre estate in 1969, specifying that it be used for building a visitor and educational center.  
In its field, Bayou Bend stands alongside other prestigious American museums for the scope and importance of its holdings. In addition to early American furniture, paintings, metals, ceramics, glass and textiles shown in more than 20 room settings, Bayou Bend houses one space curated with remarkable examples of rare, 19th century Texas-produced furniture, pottery, silver and landscapes.
Throughout the house, furniture and paintings are sensitively integrated. The collection includes examples by the most important American silversmiths, including Paul Revere, and rare works on paper by some of the country ’s most famous founding fathers. Ceramics range from early slipware to fashionable Tucker porcelain of the 19th century.
The 14 acres of gardens at Bayou Bend—for the last decade, all organically maintained—embody the vision of Miss Hogg, who avidly
engrossed herself in architecture, landscape architecture and garden design. She adapted these plantings to a domestic scale and to the Houston Gulf Coast climate, creating a total environment encompassing house and garden. These exquisite gardens and paths bordered by native bayou woodlands are nationally recognized as among the most significant in the South.
The gardens are considered the largest all-organic public garden in the state of Texas.
Now nearing completion, the Kilroy Center’s two-story, 18,000-square-foot building was designed to include environmentally sensitive construction and energy efficiency. Located at the corner of Memorial Drive and Westcott, the sleek, metal-clad, modern-style building provides a contemporary context for the history and programming of the 1928 house museum and its distinguished collections, which span 1620 to 1876. The center is named for Lora Jean Kilroy, the project ’s lead benefactor; she is a longtime supporter of Bayou Bend and life trustee of the MFAH.
The Kilroy Center features an orientation gallery; an exhibition space dedicated to the cultural, civic and philanthropic legacy of the Hogg Family; two state-of-the-art meeting rooms for public programs and special events; a book and retail shop and a research library and study center.  The research library will house some 6,000 books and other volumes, some from Miss Hogg ’s personal collection.  The most significant collection of its kind in Texas, it includes works on decorative arts, Texas and American history, design, cabinetry and auction and sales records.
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