Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is a small museum located in Spring - a 30 minute drive north of Houston. I had never heard of it up until last week, when I decided I wanted to visit a place completely new to me.
The museum opened in 2008 and was founded on the same concept as that of a community center. As the goal is to make art available to the local community, no admission is charged. If visitors would like to make a donation, the museum makes a suggestion of $5 per person.
The museum does not collect art but rather borrows art from public and private collections. There are normally two larger exhibits and one or two smaller exhibits available to view, one of which always features a local artist. The collections are available to the public for three to four months, after which they are returned to their owners and the museum is closed in order to repaint the walls and prepare the next exhibits. I love this idea because you can come and see something new three or four times a year and you’re not overwhelmed by the size of a large art museum.
On the day we arrive, we view a photography collection on loan from Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts titled Introducing America to Americans. It’s a series of black and white photos taken during the Great Depression. The images capture the hopelessness of the period; families trying to carry on in the face of a world falling apart. You have to admire the photo journalists’s dedication to documenting what was happening. It must have been difficult work, but at least they were working.
The other exhibit happens to be from the same time period. It’s a collection titled Dignity in Labor and consists of a number of pieces created by a group of Dallas artists during the Great Depression. It’s interesting to see the same topic handled by different artists. Many of the scenes are the same, but the styles are very different. My favorite is a large three panel piece that evokes M.C. Escher.
The current exhibits will be available until September 9th. I’ve had a look at the two upcoming exhibits, which look very interesting. I’ll definitely be back to see them. I won’t tell you what they are because I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Look up the museum’s website and decide if you want to see the current collection or the next one. For the best of both worlds, you could just go and see each of them.