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Celebrate the Largest Ever Exhibit at Art Museum of South Texas


The first major retrospective to document and celebrate the vibrant career of early Texas Modernist Dorothy Hood opens this month at the Art Museum of South Texas.

The landmark exhibit, The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: DOROTHY HOOD (1918-2000), features 160 works -- 84 paintings, 47 drawings and 29 collages -- produced from 1935 to 2000. It is the largest, most expensive project presented in AMST’s history.

Dorothy Hood Art Exhibit - The Color of Being/El Color del Ser

But this exhibit is more than art on display. It includes innovative hands-on technologies that encourage the viewer be a part of the art through motion capture devices and touch-table experiences. Museum leaders expect these features will help communicate art’s appeal to a generation of art lovers raised with near-constant small screen interactions.

Dorothy Hood Art Exhibit - The Color of Being/El Color del Ser Interactive

Hood was born in Bryan, Texas, in 1918, and lived in Houston as a child. She lived for years in Mexico City, running in the artists’ circle there that included Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She lived for a time in New York, eventually returning to Houston.

Her abstract, modernist paintings, many on huge canvases, use the vibrant palette of Latin America, and show mature techniques and an eye for color, texture, form, line and scale.

Dorothy Hood Art Exhibit - The Color of Being/El Color del Ser Museum

Hood has left a legacy, no doubt, and she is well known in Texas. Her pieces have been part of previous shows at the AMST. But some, including Hood herself, say she never garnered the renown and recognition she deserved.

Come and see for yourself.


The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: DOROTHY HOOD (1918-2000) opens September 30, and runs through January 8, 2017.

Members’ preview reception: Thursday, September 29, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $20 for Non-Members.

Lunch Amongst the Masters & Gallery Walk with Susie Kalil: Friday, September 30, noon. Enjoy a catered lunch with guest curator, Susie Kalil. Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. RSVP required. Non-members - $20

An Evening with Dorothy Hood Panel Discussion: Friday, September 30, 6-7p.m. Join guest curator, Susie Kalil, and friends and admirers of legendary artist, Dorothy Hood as they discuss the artist’s life and artwork. Learn how this exhibition places an overlooked female artist in time and history as an important 20th century artist. Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Free to the public.

The Art Museum of South Texas Gala 2016: Thursday, November 10, 6 -10 p.m. Be dazzled by an amazing silent art auction, live auction, cocktails, dinner and a private concert from American folk rock duo, Indigo Girls. Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive. Individual tickets are $300. Tables and sponsorships available.

Jose Maria Velasco Maidana’s “Amerindia” by The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra: Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. Guest Conductor Robert Franz presents Maidana’s original score as a unique visual and musical experience pairing the works of modernist artist Dorothy Hood and Maidana, her Bolivian composer husband. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at: 361-883-6683.

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