All Programs Listed Below from 2012
Created for both art loving locals and our visiting out-of-towners, we have produced a non-stop, bodacious, and action-packed week of glamorous events. Ranging from uber- exclusive private home tours and coveted museum receptions, to the dazzling and unforgettable Tootsies evening of art and fashion, get ready to rock as the city of Houston comes together to celebrate itself as an art center. Beginning on Monday, Sept. 10 and running through Saturday, Sept 15, you can sign up for an extraordinary schedule of momentous parties, and several soon to be announced mind-blowing events.Entrance limited to VIP cardholders.
As each event has limited capacity, early registration is mandatory. Register online at hfafvip.eventbrite.com. Please present your VIP Pass or e-ticket VIP printout at the entrance of each event. Entrance tightly monitored.
Monday, September 10th:
6-8 PM – Blaffer Blow Out with Houston Young People for the Arts (HYPA) SOLD OUT
Location: Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Fine Arts Building, entrance 16
Calling all hipsters to preview the Blaffer’s cool new digs at UH and kick off HFAF ARTWEEK
Tuesday, September 11th:
7-9 PM – Tootsies Kick-off Party co-sponsored by Papercity SOLD OUT
Location: Tootsies, 2601 Westheimer Road
Come out with Houston’s famous fashionistas and celebrate HFAF with festive cocktails, fabulous food, fine art and fashion.
6:30 PM – Asia Society VIP Panel and Reception SOLD OUT
Location: Asia Society Texas Center, Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center, 1370 Southmore Boulevard
Private Reception: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Discussion: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
What Lies Between: Contemporary Asian American Art, Politics, and the Social Value of Collecting
Mel Chin, artist (Burnsville, North Carolina)
Jereann Chaney, collector (Houston, Texas)
Kimberly Davenport, moderator (curator and director, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas)
With a distinguished history of individual and institutional collecting, coupled with profound shifts in demography and a robust economy, Houston is poised to become a vital hub for contemporary Asian American art. What does this portend for “traditional” relationships between collectors and artists? Against the backdrop of Asia Society Texas Center’s inaugural exhibition, Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connections, join native Houstonians, artist Mel Chin and collector Jereann Chaney for a lively discussion exploring artistic practice, the social value of collecting, and the ties that bind. Noted curator, Kimberly Davenport, director, Rice University Art Gallery, to moderate.
8 PM – Collectors Dinners (private invitation) SOLD OUT
Peruse art of some of Houston’s renowned private collections with collectors and HFAF Dealers for dinner, drinks, discussion and a gourmet Food Truck dinner extravaganza.
Thursday, September 13th:
10:30 AM – AIA Metro Rail Architectural Tour of Med Center SOLD OUT
Location: Museum District and Downtown. (90 minutes)
Meeting point in at entrance of MFAH sculpture garden across from the Law Building, Bissonnet Street
Join Rusty Bienvenue, Executive Director AIA Houston, with a very special tour that begins in the Houston Museum District, one of the few areas in the country with such a dense population of museums, public art, contemporary architecture, and landscape design. We will look at one of only two art museums in the world designed by Mies Van der Rohe along with buildings by Isamu Noguchi, Gunnar Birkerts, Raphael Moneo, Carlos Jimenez and Venturi Scott Brown. We will then head downtown to look at Houston’s iconic skyline born in the sky scraper boom of the 70’s and 80’s with landmarks designed by Philip Johnson, IM Pei, and Cesar Peli, including a close up look at the iconic Pennzoil Place and Houston’s newest skyscraper, BG Group Place. We will finish the tour with a visit to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. The 1000+ acres is the 12th largest business district in the world and approximately the size of Chicago’s inner loop.
10:15 AM – Private MFAH Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens House Tour SOLD OUT
Location: 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street
Check-in no later than 10:30am at Bayou Bend’s cottage. The 1-hour tour will leave promptly from that location.
You are invited to sign up for an exclusive HFAF tour of the MFAH’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, a 14-acre museum estate located in the heart of historic and elegant River Oaks. Once the former home and collection of legendary philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), Bayou Bend showcases premier examples of American art and antiques dating from 1620 to 1876. These “treasures” are displayed throughout more than 20 room settings in a 1920s-era mansion. The complimentary collection tour will be led by a team of Bayou Bend docents, who have highly specialized training in the history of American paintings and decorative arts.
The home is surrounded by one of the most beautiful Southern Renaissance gardens in the country. Casual paths meander through formal gardens and lush bayou woodlands.
6-9 PM – VIP Opening Preview Party
Location: Reliant Center
Be the first to preview HFAF galleries at our Jackson & Co. catered event. Catering by Jackson & Co. Open to all ticket holders at 7:30.
Friday, September 14th:
9 AM – Sicardi Gallery Welcome Breakfast
Location: 1506 W Alabama Street
Join Sicardi Gallery in their amazing new space across from the Menil to honor and celebrate the MFAH Latin American department. Remarks by Mari Carmen Ramirez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the MFAH.
11 AM – Tour of Bill Stern Private Collection SOLD OUT
Location: Private location
Renowned architect Bill Stern tours HFAF VIPs through his collection of the best of contemporary art. Located in an older Houston neighborhood near the museums, the Stern house was designed for the architect’s evolving collection of contemporary art. The three-story cypress clad house, completed in 1991, was organized to maximize the experience of moving through rooms which function as galleries and as places for living. Filled with controlled natural light, the space offers multiple views and vistas to the collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs. The collection includes a commissioned wall drawing by Sol LeWitt, drawings and sculpture by LeWitt as well as work by Robert Mangold, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Ed Ruscha, Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Richard Tuttle, Frederick Hammersley, John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, Alfred Jensen, David Rabinowitch, Milton Resnick, Jene Highstein, John McCracken, Darcy Huebler, Alan Serat, Aaron Parazette, among others.
3 PM – Menil House Tour SOLD OUT
Location: 3363 San Felipe
Get a rare look at the home of the family behind the museum. In 1964 the de Menils gave architect PhilipJohnson one of his first commissions (an example of the International Style, contemporary with his own Glass House). Long and low-slung, with a flat roof and plain brick exterior, the de Menil residence would become an inspiration for the future museum (“its DNA,” as the house was later described by the Menil’s founding director, Walter Hopps). Over the years the de Menils invited well-known artists, writers, filmmakers, scholars, religious leaders, and politicians into their home.
6:30-8:30 PM – Turrell Skyspace Cocktails SOLD OUT
Location: Rice University Campus
The light show will commence at sunset. The prestigious Shepherd School of Music will perform (7:05 PM)
See and experience Rice’s new art installation. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the pyramid-like structure is equipped with an LED light performance that projects onto the ceiling and through the 72-foot square knife-edge roof, that is open to the sky. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, and it transforms the skyspace into a locale for contemplation and reflective interaction with the natural world.
7:00-8:30 PM – MFAH Latin Maecenas hosts HFAF Reception SOLD OUT
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Beck Building, 5601 Main Street
The Latin Maecenas, the MFAH Latin American curatorial support group, hosts a private reception for HFAF VIPs with remarks by Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the MFAH. Private VIP tour of Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection.
Saturday, September 15th:
8:30-10:30 AM – MFAH Glassell Big A$* Breakfast SOLD OUT
Location: Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd
Join Big A$* art connoisseurs Judy Nyquist and Lee Ellis for a breakfast blowout at the Glassell School. Eat some food art, quaff a breakfast cocktail, and hop of the train to HFAF. You’ll only find a party like this in a big a$* state like Texas. Sponsored by H-E-B.