New Insta-Savvy, Immersive Art Museum Blasts Off in West Houston

Worm Hole at Seismique

In the last few years, Houston has seen a number of interactive art galleries aimed at providing social-media users with picture-perfect backdrops. But a new experiential museum is taking that concept to the next level.


Seismique — a new, 40,000-square-foot space located on Highway 6 at Westheimer — opens on Saturday. Here, more than two dozen established and emerging artists created colorful and tech-savvy works using projectors, holograms, motion tracking and other techniques. It's both playful and thought-provoking, designed to let visitors find inspiration through exploration.

Brain Wash at Seismique

For example, a gallery room called Venus is a "multi-dimensional playground" emulating the surface of the planet. Japanese crochet artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created one of her signature multi-colored playscapes entirely out of woven fibers — think crocheted hammocks and hanging pendulums for climbing and swinging. On the walls surrounding the Venus display is a dynamic and vibrant mural by Chicago artist C.J. Hungerman.

Eden is an Avatar-inspired exhibit, including ultra-violet, backlight reactive painting and other out-of-this-world elements. And the Acid Rain gallery features a clever optical illusion in which water appears to be raining from the ground up and, as visitors walk through, stops before once again falling from the sky.

Color Portal at Seismique

Seismique is also equipped with 40 motion-tracking cameras, which help activate all the individual experiences — touch-free! — as guests proceed throughout the space. The concept was conceived by Houstonians Steve Kopelman and Josh Corley. "We're excited to launch Seismique in our own backyard to enhance what is already one of the best places on Earth for art and culture," says Kopelman, noting that the museum embodies "the limitless potential of space exploration through the lenses of art and technology."

Tickets are $35 for adults and $28 for children 12 and under. Seismique is open Wednesday through Monday.

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DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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