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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd
Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77006

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
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The Contemporary Arts Museum – Houston is a not-for-profit institution in the Museum District, Houston, Texas, founded in 1948, dedicated to presenting contemporary art to the public.
In 1948, a group of seven Houston citizens founded the Contemporary Arts Museum with the goal of presenting new art to the community and to document arts role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures and other activities. By the end of the 1960s, the Contemporary Arts Museum had outgrown the original 1950 facility, so the trustees raised funds to purchase a prominent site on the corner of Montrose and Bissonnet, where the new building, designed by Gunnar Birkerts, was built.

In the 1980s, the Museum grew significantly, extending its sphere of influence with exhibitions that presented and toured surveys of installations for performance art; contemporary still-life painting; a group exhibition of work by Texas artists; and single-artist shows of artists. In the 1990s, the Museum adjusted its focus to concentrate only on art made created within the past 40 years. It also worked to extend its reach internationally.

The Museum temporarily closed on January 1, 1997 for the building's first major renovation in 25 years. The Museum reopened to the public on May 10, 1997.

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