A young, diverse population and vital urban areas form the ideal crucible for that elusive thing called art. We traipsed through chapels that double as galleries, museums filled with modern masterpieces, and installations by global talent to understand how Texas stands at the cultural vanguard. Texas occupies a certain space in the popular imagination, and outsiders can be forgiven for thinking it's all cowboys, open country, and big sky. The truth? About 85 percent of the population is urban, and with that comes a thriving modern art scene. We explored museums, galleries, and kitschy outposts to find the creative pulse of modern Texas.
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NEW YORK, August 24, — Asia Society Museum presents a timely exhibition exploring artistic practice as a response to social and political change through the works of seven contemporary artists and one artist group from three Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Works of sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installation reflect how political transition in each country forged vibrant, socially conscious contemporary art movements. While there is currently great interest in the role of the artist as activist, this exhibition asks the question of whether it is art that has changed the world, or the world that has changed art. In the present, when art and artists are called upon to address the fractures and challenges of our time, the exhibition looks at how artists from other, non-western polities have responded to similar issues. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and features critical essays by leading scholars of Asian contemporary art based in Southeast Asia: Aye Ko , Zoe Butt , Mella Jaarsma , and Alia Swastika.
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In , the Museum launched an initiative to create dedicated galleries for the collection, beginning with a gallery for the arts of Korea. Galleries for the arts of India, China, and Japan followed in , , and respectively. Houston's Asian communities, as well as international museum and foundation partners, generously supported the construction of the galleries and purchased of works of art. Since , the novel installation of ancient, modern, and contemporary objects in the same room has engaged visitors in a dialogue that conveys transnational and global narratives within the ancient and modern worlds. The display of fragile textiles, lacquers, and works on paper changes every few months, allowing the Asian art department to create focused installations and to showcase more works from the collection.