: Houston is one of the better cities in Texas when it comes to avoiding traffic and it also holds one of the most interesting "auto-art" private collections, showcasing fine art dedicated to cars. The Art Car Museum, or "Garage Mahal" as many call it, opened its doors in 1998, founded as a non-profit organization by artist and supporter of the Art Car Movement, Ann Harithas and James Harithas, who is currently Director of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Texas.
What is the Art Car Movement? It is a contemporary, pop art movement, which emphasizes personal expression and choice of imagery obtained from our popular culture. An art car is a motor-driven vehicle, which an artist will create in such a way as to suit his or her own visual message. One who claims to be an "Art Car Artist" is someone who transcribes a new image of automobile, whether abstract or technical and demonstrates the unique expressions and traditions of art. The Art Car Museum displays the most inventive, intricate and cleverly constructed art cars, low riders and mobile contraptions. Many artists from all over the world rotate exhibits at the museum, featuring one-of-a-kind originals. The types of media explored include watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage, mixed media, wood and metal sculptures, photography and grand assemblage.
Past exhibits have included, Musicians Who Make Art, Scrapdaddy, and Fast, Faster and Fastest, which was a photo ode to race car driving.
Free Things to Do
: Affectionately called the Garage Mahal by many, the Houston ArtCar Museum extends free admission to those interested in previewing stunning art cars as well as works by some of the best, underrepresented contemporary artists. From a mural covered Cadillac to a wire-constructed Volkswagen Bug, the creativity housed in this museum astounds car and art lovers alike. ArtCar also arranges new exhibits every few months, displaying paintings, photographs, sculptures, found art and more.