Going Public

Art patrons often open their homes to the public. Frequently, they even build museums to house their bountiful and historically relevant collections. Such famous collections include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (opened in 1903), The Frick Collection in New York (opened in 1931), and of course, the Menil Collection in Houston (opened in 1987). In recent years, more collectors, including some in Texas, have taken to displaying their collections publicly, and as contemporary collections continue to grow in size and scale, exhibitors’ need for more space is providing the public with unexpected opportunities to see and experience art.…