LOCAL Houston | The City Guide JUNE 2016 - Page 30

MUSEUM DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON HEALTH MUSEUM MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Go, Go Gadget! FINE LINE: Mental Health/Illness KUSAMA 1500 Binz St. | 713.522.1138 | www.cmhouston.org 1515 Hermann Dr. | 713.521.1515 www.thehealthmuseum.org 1001 Bissonnet | 713.639.7300 | www.mfah.org Get equipped by making your own spy gadgets and devices, use technology to create art in paint spinning machines, make mirrored glasses to make sure no one is following behind you, reveal secret spy messages when you devise red filter lenses, blend into your environment when you make a spy disguise or experiment with creating your own bird beak all day between June 9–22. 30 L O C A L | june 16 This documentary of voices, stories and portraits confronts stereotypes and reveals the courage and fragility of those living with mental illnesses. Photographer Michael Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories. Schizophrenia, depression, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and bipolar disorders are among the experiences considered. In simple and eloquent detail, the 46 black-and-white portraits and voices draw you closer into each life by addressing and exploring many topics: family, confusion, pain, abuse, treatment and healing. Kusama: At the End of the Universe unites two of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s signature infinity rooms. Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity dissolves the viewer’s perception of physical space through the play of light, creating a wondrous but intangible realm while Love Is Calling represents the more physical side of Kusama’s production. Visitors stroll through this mirrored room, where soft sculptures shoot up from the floor and hang from the ceiling, while colored lights within these forms produce a strobe effect.