Where For ART CAR MUSEUM 🏁🏛The Art Car Museum, or “Garage Mahal” as many know it, opened in February 1998. It was founded as a not-for-profit arts organization by Ann Harithas, artist and long-time supporter of the Art Car movement, and James Harithas, currently Director of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas.The Museum has its conceptual origins in the 1984 Collision show curated by Ann Harithas at the Lawndale Art Center. Collision unveiled Larry Fuente’s “Mad Cad” art car which has since been featured in museums and cultural institutions across the country. The Collision exhibition provided enthusiastic fuel for the art car movement in Houston and eventually precipitated the Art Car Parade and the international Art Car movement.https://artcarmuseum.comArt Car Museum 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77007FREE ADMISSION!Closed MondayClosed TuesdayWednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pmThursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pmFriday 11:00 am - 6:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pmSunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pmPlease call ahead to accommodate large groups: 713.861.5526#artcar #artcars #classiccars #customcars #houston#auto #daytrip3 Albert Bierstadt’s Paintings The Discovery of the Hudson and A Scene in the Rocky Mountains | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn this date, Albert Bierstadt made a bold move, mounting an unauthorized exhibition of his paintings, The Discovery of the Hudson and A Scene in the Rocky Mountains, in the House Chamber. In 1866, Bierstadt had begun a campaign to have two paintings commissioned to hang in the Capitol. This idea met with favor, as landscape painting had become the preeminent American genre, and Bierstadt was among the most accomplished and well known landscape painters. In November of that year, it was reported that Bierstadt, “the great American landscape painter . . . will be commissioned this winter to paint pictures for two of the panels in the Representatives Hall in the Capitol.” Shortly thereafter, a resolution was successfully introduced to authorize the Library Committee to contract Bierstadt for two paintings representing a prominent feature of scenery or an important event if the discovery of America. The trouble came with securing an appropriation. Bierstadt was asking for $40,000 per painting, a sum far exceeding the most recent commission. The resolution languished until March 3, 1875, a few months after Bierstadt’s very public unauthorized exhibition, when The Discovery of the Hudson was finally purchased for $10,000.