Memorial City Mall installed a painted door in the Dillard’s wing of the mall in front of Express as part of the Open the Door program organized by the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts. The door at Memorial City Mall is one of 60 doors to be installed around the city of Houston.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this unique cultural event,” said Harry Hadland, general manager of Memorial City Mall. “Having the door installed at our mall allows us to gain a greater understanding of other cultures while also enhancing the shopping experience for our customers.”
Each door, including the one located at Memorial City Mall, has been painted on both sides. The door in Memorial City Mall was painted on one side by Rahul Mitra of Houston, Texas while the other side of the door was painted by Romain Froquet of Paris, France. Twelve professional artists from France and Texas participated in painting the doors in an effort to break down social barriers and cultural stereotypes. The door will be at Memorial City Mall until December 2013.
ABOUT OPEN THE DOOR
Open the Door is a public art project developed by the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and 9eme Concept, the 9th Concept,a Parisian artists collective, in collaboration with many Houstonian educational, cultural, and community organizations.
Open the Door includes a total of 60 doors created by 12 professional artists from France and Texas, as well as by professors and students laureates, that will be exhibited in 16 locations around the city of Houston throughout 2013. Each artist will turn one side of a door into a work of art. For some of the doors, one side will be a work of art by a French artist and the other by a Texas artist.
Open the Door is a Cultural Trail with a creative narrative, guiding the public from one location to another. The public will not only enjoy vibrant art, but also discover Houston through the works of art reflecting the surrounding communities.
Some of the locations where the doors will be installed are: Houston Central Public Library Plaza, Hermann Park, Heights Boulevard Park, Memorial Park, Castillo Park, Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers, French Consul Residence, River Oaks Park, Hong Kong Market 5, Emancipation Park, Jamail Skate Park, Memorial City Mall, Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, Kingwood Lonestar College, International Promenade and Willow Street Pump Station.
Houston educational and cultural institutions supporting the Open the Door project, include: ArtBridge Houston, Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, Art League Houston, The Academy of Choice, Avenue CDC/GO Neighborhoods, Awty International School, DiverseWorks, Et Voila Theatre, Fotofest, Friends of Emancipation Park, Glassell School of Art, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Houston Storytellers Guild, Houston Sister Cities, Inprint, Lone Star College, Neighborhood Centers Inc., Project Row Houses, Rice University, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Children Cancer Center, Urban Souls, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Writers in the Schools, Virtuosi of Houston, The Wortham Foundation and Westchester Academy for International Studies.
The project is supported by the City of Houston, the French Consulate of Houston, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and East Downtown Management District.
The HPL Open the Door exhibit will be on view at the Central Library Plaza throughout 2013.
“Open the Door is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance”