Saturday April 6, 2019

Noon to Midnight

Internationally acclaimed Art Festival NUIT BLANCHE will be transforming Downtown Houston on Saturday April 6th for its inaugural debut! Imagine Houston transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around City Hall and the Houston Public Library. The city will be under Nuit Blanche’s spell from noon to midnight. This unique celebration, free to the public, will engage both highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children.


Diversity is key to Houston's identity, and we want to shed the light on Houston’s incredibly diverse youth.

2011 TED Prize winner, named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2018, JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world: the Street, where he exhibits freely, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors.


This powerful installation, features hundreds of giant portraits of Houston’s children (students from Poe Elementary, Las Americas Newcomer School, House of Tiny Treasures and Amaanah Refugee Services) on an emblematic location, Houston’s City Hall. Their portraits will travel the world thanks to JR’s “Inside Out” global participatory art project.

Thank you to the volunteers photographers: Anne Houang, Ceci Norman, Sandy Hartley and Olivier Modr.

Sign up HERE to participate to the pasting

Where: Hermann Square - 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002

Yona Friedman champions the inhabitant as designer and inventor of his own living space.

For Nuit Blanche Houston, visitors are invited to build their own “space chain structure” on Houston’s Central Library plaza. Each installation, built using hula hoops, is assembled spontaneously, creating a gigantic sculpture with new variations of space with each turn.

Where: Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza - 500 McKinney St., 77002

Noon to 9pm

To know more about the visionary work of Paris-based artist and architect Yona Friedman, laureate of the 2018 Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, visit the exhibition "Yona Friedman, Architecture for the People” (Central Library, 1st floor)

Paris-based artist Hakima El Djoudi depicts the multiform artistic symbiosis between cinema, video and installations. A true film buff, she works with old Hollywood movies, from which she isolates luminous cabaret signs. She looks into cult images of flashing signs that claim "Paradise" or "The World is Yours", evoking the heyday of a society of leisure now gone and haunted by mythical gangster figures. Through a skillful montage, she gives new life to these places of perdition and games, and project them “illusionistically” into public spaces. The projection will be on the soon to be Lyric Market.

Where: Batanga - 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002

7.30pm to 12am

One of the most historic buildings in Houston, the Julia Ideson Library was built in 1926. It’s Spanish Renaissance architecture houses archives and manuscripts and takes you back to a Houston that once was. The legend says it’s being haunted by the ghost of Jacob Frank Cramer, a library caretaker, and Petey, his dog! Inspired by it’s intricately-painted coffered ceilings and murals, Houston-based artist Olivier Modr created a magical site-specific installation about memory, playing with images and light.

Where: Julia Ideson Library - 550 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002

Noon to 9pm

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