Painting the Town Orange: The Stories behind Houston's Visionary Art Environments

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Houston's sprawl has come with controversy, but it has created a blank canvas for the public art community. It all started in the Telephone Road Place subdivision, where retired mail carrier Jefferson Davis McKissack built the Orange Show, an extraordinary and eccentric monument to self-reliance, hard work and, yes, the fruit itself. McKissack's installation spawned more of its kind in the Bayou City, like the Beer Can House, the Flower Man's House, Pigdom--one woman's "shrine to swine"--and a flourishing art scene committed to preserving Houston's art environments. Author Pete Gershon tells the stories of these sites, their creators and the members of Houston's unique art community, all set against the backdrop of the city's quirky history..
ISBN: 9781626194397
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: Landmarks
Images: 82
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Peter Gershon is coordinator of the Core Residency Program at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and former editor and publisher of Signal to Noise from 1997 to 2013. During that time, the quarterly journal of improvised and experimental music was nominated eight times as "best periodical covering jazz" by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and is studying to earn his masters in Library Science at the University of North Texas in Denton.
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