A satellite view of Harvey as it neared Texas on Thursday.

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On Friday morning, as Hurricane Harvey approached the Gulf Coast of Texas, museums in the region closed, saying that they would keep their doors closed for the weekend. Harvey, which hit the state as a Category 4 storm, has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to pour heavy rain down on the Houston area for the next few days. As of Sunday morning there were reports of at least five deaths as a result of the storm. It was too early to begin assessing the damage.

Among the institutions that closed early or completely on Friday were the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Galveston Arts Center (which rescheduled weekend exhibition openings for September 9), the Menil Collection in Houston, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont Art, and the Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, which is near where Harvey made landfall on Friday evening.

The Houston Press has compiled a list of arts events that have been canceled or postponed.

This post will be updated with details about Harvey’s effects on Texas’s art community in the coming days.