Exploring the Colorful Artwork of Harris County, Texas

The Washington Avenue area in Harris County, Texas has recently seen a transformation, with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) World Religions Initiative at the forefront. This initiative, spearheaded by MFAH director Gary Tinterow, seeks to promote the spiritual function of works of art and emphasize the commonalities of various religions - something that Dominique de Menil, a profoundly Catholic woman, always highlighted in her projects. The Bryan Museum, located in the historic Galveston Orphan Home, opened in 2015 and houses one of the world's largest collections of artifacts, documents and works of art related to Texas and the American West. The Fort Bend Art Center, opened in 2018, is a multi-artistic center that exhibits and sells works of art by more than 30 member artists.

At their peak in the late 1980s, Harris County had several hundred employees including skate filmmakers, artists, mechanics, lawyers, electricians, topless dancers, waiters and even a deputy. The number of employees did not grow greatly but Law's legacy went to a wave of purchases of works of art that remained hidden in a warehouse for a decade. In homage to the local Rainbow Bread Company, the oldest artwork on display in Harris County is an installation of dyed bread in every color of the rainbow. This unique artwork is a testament to the creativity and diversity that exists within Harris County.

Nathaniel Hickert
Nathaniel Hickert

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