Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mike + Doug Starn: Big Bambú "This Thing Called Life"

The experience of the summer awaits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This Thing Called Life, created by brothers Mike and Doug Starn for their ever-evolving Big Bambú project, fills the Museum’s vast Cullinan Hallwith a monumental wave of bamboo rising 30 feet high. Visitors are invited to cross a bridge of bamboo that winds from the second floor, deep into the sea of Big Bambú, and then down to the floor.

Before purchasing your tickets, read the below visitor guidelines carefully.
All Big Bambú ticket holders may experience the exhibition at ground level.
Please note these requirements for accessing the upper-level pathway.
Guests need to:

  • Sign a waiver. Save time by downloading the waiver now to print, sign, and bring with you
  • Wear flat, rubber-soled shoes / no bare feet, heels, wedges, flip-flops, or backless shoes such as mules
  • Confirm they are able to walk without assistance
  • Be at least 3.5 feet tall (42 inches)
  • Confirm they are age 6 or older
  • Have one adult for every two minors between the ages of 6 & 12 in the group
  • Access the pathway without babies in carriers or strollers
  • Exercise sensible judgment at all times when on the pathway, especially if using cameras, smartphones, etc.

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$18.00

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$13.00

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highlights

  • This Thing Called Life is the first public staging indoors
  • On display through September 3, 2018
  • Children 12 & under are always free
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mike + Doug Starn: Big Bambú "This Thing Called Life"

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Mike + Doug Starn: Big Bambú
This Thing Called Life

Before you buy your tickets, read the above guidelines carefully.

About the exhibition:

Mike and Doug Starn have reconceived their ongoing Big Bambú project for Houston, filling the Museum’s austerely graceful Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–designed galleries with a monumental wave of bamboo. An installation of some 3,000 poles lashed together, This Thing Called Life rises 30 feet from the floor of Cullinan Hall, cresting onto the balcony of Upper Brown Pavilion. Visitors are invited to cross a bridge of bamboo that winds from the balcony into the wave’s curl, then deep into the Big Bambú sea. The path extends to the floor, where you can explore the bamboo eddies and currents at ground level.

The sea has long been a part of the Starns’ lexicon: an emblem of great age, yet continually new and changing. Taking inspiration from the architecture of nature, the Starn brothers began to use bamboo in their studio in 2008. Their first public installation—on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2010—was experienced by more than 600,000 visitors, making it the ninth most-attended exhibition in that museum’s history. They have since created other iterations of Big Bambú around the world, but This Thing Called Life is the first public staging indoors, in active dialogue with an existing structure.

The artists have been widely recognized for more than three decades for their conceptual photographic work, and this installation features three gigantic photographs of previous Big Bambú incarnations. Folding and draping off the wall and ceiling, these huge prints attest to the ongoing nature of Big Bambú, a process that never comes to rest, akin to life itself.

Children 12 & under are always free - obtain free child day passes on-site at the admissions desk. Value of the ticket may not be refunded or transferred.

price

$13.00 - $18.00

expires

Sep 3rd 2018

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, the MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie theater, gift shop, café, two art schools, and two house museums.