2016 Houston Art Fair VIP Events

2016 VIP tours and events are open to FIRST LOOK and VIP Preview ticket holders.  FIRST LOOK and VIP Preview tickets are available for purchase here. Complete schedule of events follows.

NEW! Complimentary valet service for FIRST LOOK AND VIP ticket holders on Opening Night only!

 

Thursday, September 29

HCCC11 am | VIP Tour of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the exhibition CraftTexas
RSVP Required

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft.  For 15 years, HCCC has been an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest—one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level.  HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for educators and the community-at-large.

Featuring 53 works by 38 artists, CraftTexas 2016 is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. This exhibition features exceptional work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media from installation and sculpture to jewelry and cut paper. CraftTexas 2016 was juried by Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Nicole Burisch, Core Fellow Critic-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art; and HCCC Texas Master, Sandie Zilker, Department Chair of Jewelry and Enamel and Three-Dimensional Design at the MFAH Glassell School of Art.

Curator Kathryn Hall and Juror Sandie Zilker will provide an exclusive guided tour that will highlight some of the more notable works in the exhibition.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
Registration for this event is closed.


dk21 pm | VIP Tour
Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel
Private Collection
RSVP Required

Dick Moiel and Kathy Poeppel have been collecting for 25 years.  The journey started with looking…lots of looking…and listening to artists, gallery owners and experienced collectors.  Their eclectic collection chronicles a strong connection to the Houston arts community, a love of objects, an infatuation with glass, and the adventure of rouge collectors who took classes, built a studio and surrendered to the powerful allure of making.

Their collection includes pieces by Larry Bell, Mark Peiser, David Reekie, Michael Taylor, Steve Tobin, Stephen Powell, Kirkpatrick & Mace, Edols & Elliott, Richard Whiteley, Libensky & Brychtova, Martin Rosol, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Sharon Kopriva, Dixie Friend Gay, Ed Wilson, and Joe Havel

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
Registration for this event is closed.


OpeningNight 6 – 10 pm | Houston Art Fair
2000 Edwards Street, Houston TX
Opening Night
First Look & VIP Preview

Join us for the Opening Night of the re-imagined Houston Art Fair. First Look passholders may enter beginning at 6 pm; VIP Preview passholders may enter at 8 pm. Both Previews continue until 10 pm. Tickets available here.

The Opening Night Preview of the Houston Art Fair supports FotoFest International. 


Friday, September 30

WadeTour10 am | VIP Tour
Bridget and Patrick Wade
Private Collection
RSVP Required

Tour a classic Tudor home in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood with a growing contemporary art collection.  The home, originally built in 1934, has custom interior design with handmade chandeliers throughout the house. Eclectic touches include a red lacquer library and specially crafted woodwork which conceals cabinets with whimsy. The owners completed an addition and interior update which honored the history of the home while accommodating their growing collection of contemporary art.

The owners are a family of five, with three college and high school-aged children who literally grew up surrounded by art.  The collection contains paintings, sculpture and drawings, all drawn together by a common thread of “detailed quirkiness.”  The collection includes work by Raymond Pettibon, Kara Walker, Donald Moffett, Ken Price, Al Taylor, Ed Kienholz, Dario Robleto, Luis Jimenez, Jorinde Voigt, and Lawrence Weiner among others.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
The waitlist for this event is full. Registration closed.


LesterMarks4 pm | VIP Tour
Penelope and Lester Marks
Private Collection
RSVP Required

The home of Lester and Penelope Marks is a “mini-museum” of contemporary art. The home is built around an outdoor courtyard displaying the stone sculpture of the British environmental artist Richard Long.

The collection features museum-quality works by such artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Francesco Clemente, Christo, John Baldessari, John McCracken, Carl Andre, Anselm Biefer, Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, John Wesler, Michael Rovner, Louise Nevelson, Richard Tuttle, Robert Rauschenberg, Anish Kapoor, Kiki Smith, Patricia Picinini, Zhang Huan, Mel Bochner, Elizabeth Peyton, Tony Oursler, Roxy Paine, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Bill Viola, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Robert Smithson, Ruth Asawa, James Rosenquist, Glenn Ligon, Fred Wilson, Gunther Uecker, Yayoi Kusama, Sam Francis, Ai Wei Wei, Nick Cave, Gary Hill, David Row, Kate Gilmore, Eve Sussman, Trenten Doyle Hancock, Do Ho Suh, Vito Acconci, Julie Mehretu, Larry Bell, Mel Ramos and Rafael Gomez Barros, as well as works by hundreds of regional and Houston-area artists.

Lester Marks, President of LCM Partners, Ltd., and has been collecting contemporary art for 25 years.  He has served as a trustee for both the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among others.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
The waitlist for this event is full. Registration closed.


Saturday, October 1

Cistern10 am | Private Tour
Buffalo Bayou Cistern
RSVP Required

The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. As one of the city’s early underground reservoirs, it supported the municipal water system’s goals of fire suppression (water pressure) and drinking water storage. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007.

In 2010, the City of Houston was sourcing vendors to demolish the Cistern. At the same time, Buffalo Bayou Partnership was developing the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project and “discovered” the site. Realizing its historical and architectural significance, Buffalo Bayou Partnership with the City of Houston worked to take over development and maintenance of the space.

The organization subsequently secured grants of over $1.7 million from The Brown Foundation, Inc. to bring the space up to code, make it accessible to the public, and initiate plans for a public art program for the space.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
The waitlist for this event is full. Registration closed.


steven_evans2 pm | VIP Tour
Led by Steven Evans, Executive Director, FotoFest International
RSVP Required

FotoFest’s Steven Evans leads a tour of the Houston Art Fair, including the specially-curated moving-image program at FotoFest’s Booth, and other photography, as well as highlights throughout the fair.

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Evans, who has overseen FotoFest’s acclaimed international programming since 2014, brings a unique outlook on photography and contemporary art. He is the former Director of DIA:Beacon in New York State, and an artist himself.

Houston-based FotoFest works locally and internationally to promote the exchange of art and ideas through art programs and the presentation of photographic art. In 1983, they created the first international Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Art in the United States, and it continues through today as a full-time arts and learning organization. Its programs bring together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to community involvement and the enrichment of Houston’s cultural resources.

The tour begins at the FotoFest Booth, B2, and follows the Houston Art Fair lecture, Photography: Going Where?, with Steven Evans, and Malcolm Daniel, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
Registration for this event is closed.


mogantour3 pm | VIP Tour
Sara and Bill Morgan Private Collection
RSVP Required

The Morgans have assembled a dynamic collection of international studio glass (including works by William Morris, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Ben Edols and Kathy Eliot, and Judy Jensen), ceramics (including pieces by Adrian Saxe, Ken Fergusen, Ralph Bacerra, and Roseline Delisle), and fiber by Katherine Kobey that is complemented by contemporary photography, painting, and sculpture by artists such as the Starn Twins, Michel Rovner, Donald Lipski, and Tolland Grinnell.

Open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided.
Registration for this event is closed.


PapelChicano5 pm | VIP Event
Book signing and Mezcal Tasting
with Cheech Marin
RSVP Required

Join Cheech Marin at this special reception that includes tastings of his new artisanal Tres Papalote Mezcal and a book signing of his latest art publication Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection. This event opens to general admission ticket holders at 5:30 pm. Please respect and understand that no other merchandise can be signed during this event.

The 5 pm portion this event is open to VIP and FIRST LOOK pass holders only. Transportation is not provided. VIP Registration for this event is closed.