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Lisa Carrico

August 6, 2022 – November 2, 2022
Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery 
500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

Fashionable art exhibit image

This exhibition features garments from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the award-winning Fashion Design program at Houston Community College. For this year’s competition, HCC students and alumni designed original outfits inspired by items and artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection. The students and alumni entered their designs into one of four representative categories: Antiquities, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modernism.

Designers who drew inspiration from the antiquities collection were able to choose from the styles and subjects found in the art of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, a period of cultural history generally spanning from 4,500 BCE (the beginnings of Western Civilization) to about 450 CE (the beginning of the Middle Ages). The origins of the Renaissance (meaning “rebirth”) can be traced back to Italy in the late 13th century and continued to around 1650. Renaissance artists were influenced by nature, the effects of light, realistic depiction of the human form previously captured by the Greeks and Romans of classical antiquity, and pagan and religious iconography.

The Baroque period, which lasted roughly from 1600 – 1750, overlapped with the Renaissance, leading to some similarities in style and subject matter. However, Baroque art and architecture are characterized by drama, lavishness, and excessive ornamentation, designed to appeal to human emotion. In stark contrast to preceding art movements, Modernism (c. 1890 - c. 1950) rejected hyperrealism. This period encompassed various styles and art movements, ranging from the loose brushstrokes of Impressionism to the harsh lines of Cubism. It also includes the exploration of the subconscious worlds of Surrealism, finally culminating in non-objective abstract art.

In a departure from previous years, the sixth annual competition required the creation of an additional component: a coordinating face mask to demonstrate that fashion and health safety can exist hand in hand.


This exhibition is free and open to the public. Dates are subject to change.


This exhibition is in partnership with

Houston Community College, Fashion and Costume Design Department
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

And generously supported by

Houston Public Library
City of Houston

Lisa Carrico

August 27, 2022 – November 5, 2022 

The Julia Ideson Gallery
550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

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Charles T. Bowling, After the Storm, n.d., The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art


Opening to the public on August 27, 2022, at the historic Julia Ideson Building, is Texas Modernism(s): Houston/ Dallas in the 1930s. In Houston and Dallas, Modernism became the central focus for two small groups of local artists from 1926 – 1942. Made up of mostly youngsters, along with their forward-looking mentors, the Cherry-McNeill Group in Houston was influenced by European movements, while the Dallas Nine (and adjacent artists) up north took inspiration from their immediate surroundings and promoted Regionalism.

By showing the work of the two groups side by side, this exhibition intends to explore the looks and philosophical underpinnings of two seminal aspects of Texas art history. The Cherry-McNeill Group and the Dallas Nine strongly influenced later developments in their two respective cities, as well as the state in general. At the same time, the exhibition will demonstrate that Modernism, when it came to America, was not limited exclusively to the art centers of the East Coast.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.
Dates are subject to change.



Lisa Carrico

Angela Kent - HPL Head of History Research Centers/Special Collections, Mr. Bobby Banks - Assistant Treasurer, African American Library – Gregory Friends, Miguell Ceasar - Manager, The African American Library at the Gregory School, Hope Waobikeze - HPL Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Director of Finance, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dubose - Assistant Director, African American Library – Gregory Friends

The Houston Public Library received a $150,000 donation from the African American Library - Gregory Friends for the purchase of much needed archival compact shelving.

The new compact shelving will support HPL’s growing African American archival collections. Since its opening in 2009, the African American Library at the Gregory School has collected and preserved thousands of historic items from the Houston African American community. Proper storage of unique materials will help ensure that Houston’s African American experience and history remain accessible for generations to come.

Gregory School Manager, Miguell Ceasar, expressed gratitude for the gift. “We are so pleased to accept this donation that will provide us with the opportunity to invest in the infrastructure of our African American archives and continue this vital work.”

Organized in 2017, the African American Library – Gregory Friends is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that functions as the support group for the African American Library at the Gregory School, a special collections unit of the Houston Public Library system. Its vision is to "assist and promote the African American Library-Gregory School (AAL-GS) to be recognized as a premier place to see, learn, acquire and preserve the rich historical accomplishments of African-Americans in Texas and the surrounding states."

For more information about the African American Library at the Gregory School, browse the Gregory School Digital Archives, take a virtual tour, and subscribe to the HPL Special Collections newsletters.

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