Art Car Museum
Located in Houston, Texas, the ArtCar Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. Affectionately known as the “Garage Mahal,” the museum was established in February 1998. Its primary focus is on art cars, fine arts, and showcasing artists who are not often featured in mainstream cultural establishments. By raising awareness about the political, economic, and personal dimensions of art, the museum aims to foster a deeper appreciation for the medium.
The founders of the museum are Ann Harithas, an artist and long-time supporter of the Art Car movement, and James Harithas, former director of prominent art institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. James Harithas currently serves as the director of the Station Museum in Houston, Texas.
At the museum, visitors are immersed in the spirit of the post-modern car culture, where artists have transformed ordinary vehicles into unique expressions of their individual imaginations and visions. The exhibits showcase intricate art cars, lowriders, and mobile contraptions. In addition, the museum organizes various temporary exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists. Some of these exhibitions are accompanied by catalogs, such as the retrospective of Houston artist Ron Hoover’s social and political pointillist paintings held in 2010 and a survey of artist John Atlas’s work in 2014.
The ArtCar Museum can be found at 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007.