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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art Opening Delayed Due to Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has postponed the opening of the Glassell School of Art because of damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in August. Hilarie M. Sheets reports for The Art Newspaper that the Steven Holl-designed school had been on schedule to open in January 2018, but construction is now expected to continue through the spring. The Glassell School of Art will now open in May 2018 and anticipates welcoming students in the museum’s Core Residency Program in June.

The museum estimates that Harvey-related repairs to the building will cost between $1-2 million, a figure that likely would have been higher if not for last-minute storm preparations and the construction of a twelve-foot high concrete wall around the construction site. The institution’s main building, designed by Mies van der Rohe, was also spared significant damage. Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, said, “Everything has changed in Houston post-Harvey. What we didn’t anticipate was taking on two million gallons of water.”

In 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston began a $450 million expansion of its fourteen-acre campus, helmed by Steven Holl Architects. In addition to new facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the master plan calls for a new building for the museum’s collection of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, a new conservation center, and parking garage and pedestrian tunnels. The redevelopment is expected to be complete in 2020.

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November 15, 2017