Friday night frenzy

Artist Tony Feher draws big crowd for openings at redesigned Blaffer Museum and Hiram Butler Gallery

Artist Tony Feher draws big crowd for openings at redesigned Blaffer Museum and Hiram Butler Gallery

Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Tony Feher, Lynne McCabe
Tony Feher , Lynne McCabe Photo courtesy of © Bertruzzi Photography
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Alton LaDay, Claudia Schmuckli, Jonathon Glus
Alton LaDay , Claudia Schmuckli , Jonathon Glus Photo courtesy of © Bertruzzi Photography
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Hiram Butler, Trina Gordon, Mark Diker, Chris D’Amelio
Hiram Butler , Trina Gordon , Mark Diker , Chris DAmelio Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Mark Hull, Leslie Hull, Ryan Gordon
Mark Hull , Leslie Hull , Ryan Gordon Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Kristopher Stuart, Chritiane Stuart
Kristopher Stuart , Chritiane Stuart Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Josh Pazda, Chris Goins
Josh Pazda , Chris Goins Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, David Gerger, Heidi Gerger
David Gerger , Heidi Gerger Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Anthony Schumate, Judy Nyquist
Anthony Schumate , Judy Nyquist Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening, Garden of Hiram Butler Gallery, October 2012
Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Tony Feher, Lynne McCabe
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Alton LaDay, Claudia Schmuckli, Jonathon Glus
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Hiram Butler, Trina Gordon, Mark Diker, Chris D’Amelio
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Mark Hull, Leslie Hull, Ryan Gordon
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Kristopher Stuart, Chritiane Stuart
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Josh Pazda, Chris Goins
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, David Gerger, Heidi Gerger
Tony Feher opening reception, October 2012, Anthony Schumate, Judy Nyquist
Tony Feher opening, Garden of Hiram Butler Gallery, October 2012

Celebrated artist Tony Feher kicked off two new Houston shows Friday night, drawing hundreds of fans to the opening his new 25-year retrospective at the Blaffer Art Museum and scores more to a VIP after party at the Hiram Butler Gallery, which just launched an exhibit of the artist's recent work.

More than 400 attendees swarmed upon the Blaffer to take in the museum's first exhibition after a $2 million redesign led by New York architects WORKac. Filling three newly-renovated galleries were 60 key examples of Feher's intriguing assemblages, together detailing the artist's evolution throughout the last quarter century.

More than 400 attendees swarmed upon the Blaffer to take in the museum's first exhibition after a $2 m illion redesign lead by New York architects WORKac.

Following the public opening, roughly 60 VIPs kept the party going at a dinner hosted by gallerist Hiram Butler, who represents Feher in Texas. Outside Butler's gallery in an intimate garden lit by paper lanterns, guests enjoyed food from Armando's before heading inside to see Tony Feher: A Work in Four Parts.

In addition to Feher himself, VIPs at both events included art leaders Blaffer director Claudia Schmuckli, noted Houston collector Judy Nyquist, curator Dean Daderko and museum director Bill Arning from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Hiram Butler and partner Andrew Spindler, Houston Arts Alliance director Jonathon Glus and publicist Alton LaDay.

Also spotted were Heidi and David GergerLeslie and Mark Hull, Ryan GordonKristopher and Christiane Stuart, Rob Weiner as well as artist Josh Pazda and Chris Goins.