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Theater of Memory, Cabinet of Curiosities

December 5, 2011 to May 5, 2012

In the spring of 2010, the state of the art archival wing og the Julia Ideson Building was completed and became the new home to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's collections. Whith the premier exhibition, Theater of Memories, Cabinet of Curiosities, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center brings some of its unique artifacts back into the Julia Ideson Building's new gallery space, once three floors of the original archives, giving to the term "memory room" a double meaning.

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Faces, Places & Spaces

June 9, 2012 to September 1, 2012

Glass was the first widely implemented medium used to create a transparent photographic negative; the end product became known as the glass plate negative and became obsolete as the camera and photograph processes evolved over time. The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is home to thousands of glass plate negatives  which reveal a visual cross-section of Houston citizenry and scenes representing the first century of the city's history. These distinctive negatives are rare, fragile, and irreplaceable historical artifacts. 

 

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