Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Houston Museums Reopen After Hurricane Harvey

Though many Texan arts institutions sustained a range of damages due to Hurricane Harvey, several are beginning to reopen in the wake of the major disaster, according to a report by Pac Pobric in the Art Newspaper. The Menil Collection reopened on September 1, and Gary Tinterow, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced last Friday that the institution would partially reopen on September 5, with free admission through this Thursday. He said the intention was to offer the museum “as a place for reflection and renewal.” The museum’s Cullen Sculpture Garden and cafe will also reopen, but the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, which hold American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings, and the Rienzi building, which exhibits European decorative arts, will remain closed due to flooding in the gardens.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston reopened last Thursday, August 31, and has resumed regular hours and programming. The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will give up to $1 million in emergency funds to cultural institutions in the areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey, and the NEA is also now working with the state arts agencies in those states to direct grant money to organizations affected by the disaster.