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"Crossing State Lines: Texas Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston"
2000-09-23 until 2001-03-11
Museum of Fine Art Houston
Houston, TX, USA

Breaking away from traditional notions of regionalism, Crossing State Lines offers a fresh view of the art of Texas and highlights the unparalleled collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In addition, the installation introduces a selection of the outstanding paintings and sculptures donated to the MFAH by Dallas collectors Nona and Richard Barrett since 1998, as well as other notable recent acquisitions.

Opening with a unique 1851 portrait daguerreotype of Sam Houston, the exhibition spans the 20th century to show the contrasting interests that have shaped the art of Texas. Crossing State Lines also examines the larger role Texas artists have played on the national and international scenes.

Thematically, the exhibition follows four significant and often overlapping currents that run through Texas art. First is the Texas landscape, among the most familiar aspects of the region. Visionary responses to this landscape and the pursuit of the spiritual are represented as well. The little-known evolution of Modernism in Texas and the advent of Postmodernism conclude the presentation.

IMAGE:
Ann Stautberg,
10.2.95 a.m., Texas Coast, 1996,
gelatin silver photograph with applied oil,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
partial gift of Claude Albritton and partial museum purchase with funds
provided by Andre and Sylvia Crispin,
Joan Morgenstern, and Clinton T. Willour (97.63).


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