Art Trip: Houston | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

Art Trip: Houston | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios


SARAH GREEN (VOICEOVER):
This episode of The Art Assignment is
supported by Prudential. We arrived to a rainy
and cold Houston and drove directly to Kim Chau,
to fuel up on Vietnamese food. We were so hungry, we
forgot to document our meal before we ate it. Then, we ordered more and
then forgot to document that. But trust us, it was delicious. Then, we spent a
delightful several hours in the spectacular studio of
JooYoung Choi, who regaled us with stories of
her fictional realm called the “Cosmic
Womb,” populated by a variety of intriguing
and adorable characters. It wasn’t until the next
day that we officially began our art trip tour. And we started with the big
daddy, the Rothko Chapel. I’d heard a lot about this
place and seen many pictures. And I wondered if it would
live up to expectation. It’s a nondenominational
chapel that art collectors John and Dominique de Menil
commissioned painter Mark Rothko to create in 1964. Rothko helped design
the octagonal building with architects Phillip
Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry. And it opened to
the public in 1971. According to its mission,
the Rothko Chapel is a sacred space open
to all, every day, to inspire people to action
through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence
for the highest aspirations of
humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns. Inside the space, you
encounter and become surrounded by 14 murals created by
Rothko, all in dark shades with subtle variations
between each. The light in the
space is natural and emerges from
behind a baffle that covers skylights and protects
the paintings from sun damage. So there’s this ethereal
low level of light that suffuses the space
and allows your eyes to take in the texture
of the painting surfaces and the shifts in
hue between them. Every detail of the space
is considered and just so. The proportions, the seating,
the pavers, the discreet stanchions that remind
you not to brush up against these delicate surfaces. While there, I
kept thinking what are the preconditions
for worship, for contemplation,
for meditation? It’s a kind of
comforting neutral that admits the darkness
of life and the world, but that also is welcoming
and enclosing and sheltering. You then, emerge from the
darkness of the chapel back onto the glorious
grounds that surround it. You’d usually take in
a full reflecting pool and Barnett Newman’s remarkable
sculpture, “Broken Obelisk.” But it was away that
day, being conserved. But rest assured, it
is back now in place. The sculpture is dedicated
to Martin Luther King Jr. whose life of service to
social justice and spirituality was much admired by the Menils. The entire campus is
not only a destination for more private
meditation, but is also a dynamic meeting place for
spiritual and world leaders. We stopped off at Siphon
Coffee and then headed to the Contemporary
Arts Museum, Houston, which has this incredible
building designed by Gunnar Birkerts. You know you’ve arrived. But you’re not quite
sure how to arrive, until you find the only way in. Of course, we missed the opening
of a new Angel Otero show, by two days. But luckily, there was a
fantastic exhibition of works by Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen. Both artists explore language
and linguistics in their work. And for the past
eight years, they’ve had an ongoing mail art
correspondence, a selection of which was on view. While it’s easy enough to
see that yes, they both enjoy and excel at word play, the
differences in their approaches revealed the depths that
are available to plomb when it comes to exploring the
architecture of language. The show was clever
and challenging, both intellectually
and optically. And I found myself looking
differently all day at signs and the written
word, pretty much anywhere they appeared. Across the street is the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And we took a walk around
their sculpture garden, which is rather lovely. We’d intended to go
into the actual museum. But we were too hungry and
decided to go to lunch. I thought we’d go back. But well, we didn’t. I know. We’re terrible people. Said lunch was immensely
enjoyed at Underbelly, where we had these refreshing
colonial style shrub drinks made with
carbonated water and preserved fruit vinegars. They were the
perfect counterpoint to the spicy Korean
braised goat and dumplings. We probably should have
stopped after that. But we didn’t. Then, it was on to Lawndale
Art Center, which currently has up a really rad
exterior wall mural, by LA based artist Russell Etchen. We were meeting up with JooYoung
to see Lawndale’s exhibitions celebrating the artists who
participated in their Artist Studio program over
the past 10 years. JooYoung is one
of those artists. And she had on display
a large scale sculptural work that brings to
life a development in the ongoing tales of
“The Cosmic Womb,” where Captain Spaciatano fights Lady
Madness to protect the snow people. There was a lot of
other good work too. And I especially appreciated
the small portrait paintings on paper by Dawn Black,
who’s based in Baton Rouge. These are part of
her Conceal project. And they depict a wide range
of people, who take on guises, wear costumes, or engage in any
number of masquerading tactics in order to wield
power and influence. We then, headed over to Project
Row Houses, an arts and culture nonprofit organization in the
northern third ward, whose mission is to be the catalyst
for transforming community through the celebration of
art in African-America history and culture. They accomplished this through
a broad range of programming. But we were there to see its
current series of artists rounds, featuring
seven installations by artists in the row
houses along Hollman Street. Walking into each
of these houses is almost like walking into
ones actually lived in, because each of them is a
little world unto itself, despite being architecturally
nearly identical. Each of the artists are part
of Houston’s arts community. But they all have
distinct approaches, highlighting the diversity
of viewpoints and practices in the city today. In one house, you’ll encounter
Regina Agu’s investigation of the Gulf Coast of
Texas and Louisiana and its cultural and
environmental exchanges with the Gulf of Mexico
and Gulf of Guinea. In the next, you’ll
experience the Jazz Church of Houston, curated by Tierney
Malone, which we caught in between its transition
between being a daytime museum, dedicated to the history
of jazz in Houston, and a nighttime music
venue with performances by local jazz musicians. In another, you’ll see works
by two different artists who both use collage and have
brought their distinct works together into a
collaborative installation. And in yet another, you’ll
transport once again into JooYoung’s
“Cosmic Womb,” entering her immersive
installation, have faith, for you have always been loved. You pass through
a maker’s space, where you can get a window
into her planning process. And then, you meet
Spaciatano once again. This time, Spaciatano has
crash landed on Earth, holding the wounded
warrior Noiro, soliciting you, the audience,
to donate constellation plasma to help heal them. You can do this by adding your
own light to the installation, while thinking about a time when
someone made you feel loved. When we re-emerged into
the present day Houston, we saw the sun was
getting lower in the sky and hightailed it over
to Rice University, to take in James Turrell’s
“Twilight Epiphany.” it’s situated in the
middle of campus. And it’s one of his
sky spaces, which is this really beautiful series
of works in which he engineers the architecture of a given
space to reveal and frame a section of sky. This one is two
levels, is designed to host musical performances,
and just before sunrise, and just after sunset, you
can experience an LED light sequence that projects
onto its ceiling and through its aperture. We were there when
it was under repair and got to experience it
in its unembellished state. We sat within it and
gazed up at the sky as it transitioned
from day to night. Every once in a
while, a bird flies past, or the normal sounds
of a college campus float in. But it’s mostly just you and
the sky, which gradually darkens and causes the light
balance to shift and create these mesmerizing optical
effects at the aperture’s edge. We watched the moon rise
and realized all of a sudden that it was almost totally dark. Yes, you can observe
sunset without Mr Turrell’s engineering and framing. But do you? And does it look this cool? We started our next day at
Common Bond Cafe and Bakery, where I couldn’t
resist this absolutely delectable kouign-amman, which
is a kind of caramelized pastry that’s worth seeking out. Mark had dessert for breakfast
and some other stuff too. And it made us wish we lived
in Houston so we could eat here every day. Then, it was on to the
venerable Menil Collection, a campus founded
by the eponymous art collectors we
mentioned earlier. Several buildings housed their
permanent collection, as well as host temporary
exhibitions, including its main building designed
by Renzo Piano that opened in 1987. Inside, you take in their
absolutely astounding collection, built around the
art that the Menils loved most. You see objects from
around the world and from many different areas,
presented without wall labels and with exquisitely
minimal mounts and barriers. The Menils collected
art from the 1940s all the way to the 1990s. And throughout
the galleries, you see masterwork after
masterwork, presented impeccably and mostly without comment. Photography is not
allowed in here. We had special permission. And it’s not because they’re
snobs or hate the internet. It’s because they want the
physical experience of art to come first. It was the philosophy
of the founders to foster each person’s
direct personal encounter with works of art. And for me, they
do this so well. The Cy Twombly Gallery is
housed in another Renzo Piano building, designed in
consultation with the artist. Sailcloth baffles allow
just the right amount of natural light to
illuminate the artworks, as well as the
bare plaster walls. I love Cy Twombly
paintings and like them in almost any environment. But this one was transcendent. It’s rare that an
artist can ever control the conditions of
viewership this tightly and set up their
audience to have the best possible
encounter with the work. Well, here it is folks. If you don’t like
Twombly here, alone, in these perfectly
proportioned spaces, with the light perfectly tuned
and the slight scent of plaster in the air, you never will. We also visited their former
1930s commercial building that now houses
a 1996 Dan Flavin installation, which the
artist completed just before his death. And just to provide as sharp
a contrast as possible, we followed that up with a visit
to the Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel. Currently, it features Francis
Alys’s “The Fabiola Project,” which is the artist’s
collection of paintings he found in flea markets
around the world, all by different
artists, but all with the same subject matter,
a 4th century saint known as Fabiola. Rendered in a
variety of mediums, the works are modeled
after an 1885 painting by French academic painter
Jean-Jacques Henner, which was lost long ago. The artists were working from
reproductions and illustrations of the original,
which can explain the consistency of
composition in most, as well as the reversals and
color inversions. It’s the inconsistencies
that really stand out. The small differences in facial
contour, the delicate folding of the veil in one picture
and the unnaturally dramatic in the next. Fabiola is revered as the
protector of abused women and also the patron
saint of nurses. And while very little is
known about the history of each picture,
they’re presumed to have been painted mostly for
personal or devotional reasons. It’s absolutely fascinating
to stand in this room and think about the remarkable
persistence of this image, about the impulse
and ritual in making one’s own copy of an icon. Why do we need these images? And how does this impulse
toward reproduction represent itself in
the internet age, when the images that
stick with us most are blogged and reblogged,
tweeted and retweeted, as we receive them or with our
own additions, however slight. Then, we filed those
thoughts for later and thought about
none of that while wolfing down Torchy’s Tacos. We then scooted along
to Inman Gallery, in the Midtown District,
which was hosting an exhibition of the
work of Jamal Cyrus with whom we met there
to film an assignment. He was delightful. And his assignment is excellent. And you should really
get going on this one, if you haven’t already. We had very little
time on our last day, but were able to
make two last stops before heading to the airport. The first was the Orange
Show, the life’s work of Jeff McKissack,
a postal worker who made this entire
structure in the middle of a residential area, entirely
on his own starting in 1956. Ruben Guevara, the preservation
and restoration manager, kindly walked us
through, despite it being very early and very cold. Anyway, the orange was
McKissack’s favorite fruit. And the show was
intended to illustrate the benefits of good nutrition,
which of course included plenty of oranges, which
he planned to sell there. McKissack anticipated
crowds for his attraction. But he never opened it to
the public, until nine months before his death in 1980. After this, a foundation was
formed to preserve the place and really open
it to the public, so that we might marvel in
McKissack’s singular vision and imagine for ourselves
what he imagined might take place on its stages. The same foundation looks after
our next destination, the Beer Can House, which
is the former home of another remarkable
resuscitator of things most people throw away. John Malkovich and his
wife Mary lived here and enjoyed drinking beer here. And John started
customizing his backyard with inlaid marbles
and rocks and bottles and, yes, cans in
the late 1960s. After finishing with the
backyard, he moved to the front and eventually to the
surface of the house itself. He made garlands out
of cut beer can lids, which hang from the roofs edge,
move energetically in the wind and make a resounding noise. This noise moves throughout
the property and surrounding area, where houses like
John and Mary’s are being replaced by high end condos. We couldn’t stay longer. But we wanted to. There was much more to see. Houston, the 4th most
populous city in the US, felt that big, that
full, that diverse. Many of the places we
visited had been on my must visit before I die list. And in each case, I
was not disappointed. Far from it. Sometimes, that anticipation
and those bits of knowledge can prepare you for a richer
experience, where you’re better able to be in the
moment, rather than be in information gathering mode. Everywhere we went, I
saw profound evidence of Houstonians caring deeply
about their cultural heritage, about listening to
artists and helping them realize the projects
that others might deem too grand or too costly. They care about remembering
neighborhoods, fostering community, and providing
platforms for artists at all stages of their careers. Houstonians are even
committed to preserving the expressions of those who
didn’t consider themselves to be artists. The city has changed a great
deal since John and Dominique de Menil planted roots here. But their ethos has
held strong, that art is central to the
human experience and that the experience
of art can be spiritual, without necessarily
being religious. Pretty much everywhere we
went was free and focused on helping you to have
a sincere, direct, and profound as possible
encounter with whatever was on view. This video can’t replace
those experiences, but can perhaps prepare
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100 thoughts on “Art Trip: Houston | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

  1. How excellent! The Fabiola Project elicited a jaw drop from me. It has such a forceful first visual impression. I love thinking about the collection of art as art itself. Wonderful video, awesome array of art destinations. Keep it up!

  2. I've always wanted to visit Rice University since driving past there while once lost trying to find Houston Zoo. Having returned to TX, I must now go… an evening visit, for sure, on a moon lit night. Will definitely remember artist Cy Twombly as I can now say, if anyone asks, he is my favorite artist of the past century.

  3. speaking of James Turrell, what do you think of the fate of "Tending Blue" in Dallas? I live in the DFW metroplex and work/volunteer at two of the museums there.

  4. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking forward to the Art Trip Houston for months. It did not disappoint. I wish you could have stayed longer. There is so much more to see.

  5. I really liked the first place you went. I grew up going to church every Sunday. When in college, I tried to go to several churches (even different religions) and it wasn't the same. I missed the community. In the past year or two, I've come to realize that I miss the ritual of it too. It gave weeks a rhythm. It was an hour to focus on what kind of life your leading and the rituals were so repetitive it was kind of close to meditating. It is wonderful they set up a place where people can come up with their own structure and system. A quiet place to think. I wish more of them existed.

  6. Wow, what a trip! I really enjoy the restaurant interludes in these videos and it always makes me wonder: do you thin that food (i.e. food meant to be eaten, not just as a visual medium) can be art? It seems to me that a good meal can be just as much of an aesthetic experience as paintings or sculpture.

  7. That last line about how this video can't replace those experiences seems apt. The thing I notice about post-impressionist nonrepresentational art is that it seems a lot harder to capture accurately in photos an film. Those replications can't compare with the experience of viewing a work in person. I suppose all art that wasn't specifically designed for mass production has that problem to some extent, but it seems particularly hard to capture the subtleties of a Mark Rothko painting, or the textures of a Jackson Pollack.

    You can record an installation on film, but it hardly has the same effect as occupying that physical space. Maybe that is why a lot of people think they don't like current art; it is easy to look at a reproduction of the Mona Lisa and at least get an appreciation for the way Da Vinci captures his subjects, but it is far more difficult to see a tiny picture of an Abstract painting or instillation and get the same effect.

    Seeing these Art trips makes me a little jealous for all these large cities that have access to so many art riches. The citizens of these metropolises have the luxury of not just seeing reproductions, but seeing a wealth of great art in person if they wish to take advantage of it. Living in a medium to small sized city doesn't offer the same wealth. Or maybe it does and you just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Have you folks considered doing an Art Trip to a smaller city? It is easy to find a bunch of cool art in large cities, but it would be interesting to see if you got more off the beaten path, if you could find enough interesting art being made to form a video.

  8. I am from here, and have been to a lot of these places but there are a couple I hadn't heard of. This is really enlightening.

  9. As a Rice alum, it was great to see you feature Skyspace (even if the lights were not operational). Also made me miss Common Bond and think about when I attended the opening of the Fabiola exhibit.

  10. I'm from Houston, and I loved watching this. I went to the High School for the Performing and Visual arts, right down the street from Siphon, and have been to many of these places. It reminded me of when I first saw these installations, pieces, collections, etc. Watching this made it feel like the first time, seeing a new perspective. Thank you so much!

  11. The Dallas/ Fort Worth areas are definitely great places to check out. Fantastic variety of food, culture and art . ^__^

  12. "we probably should have stopped there, but we didn't" you're my kind of people. and these places sound lovely, even if i can only catch glimpses from a computer screen in another country. while it's never gonna be the same, i love the art trips for making me sink deeply into somewhere far away.

  13. The food here in HTX is bomb and there are murals here too! I've never heard of some of these places, this video is so great!

  14. I've lived in Houston my whole life and never been to most of these places. Thank you for showing me how beautiful my home is!

  15. The Rothko Chapel is on the top of my list for places to visit. Rothko suddenly and without notice became my favorite artist. Last year I took a 2 week study abroad trip to London and Tate Modern was one of the places we went. I've always liked art, and enjoyed visiting other museums in London and here at home, but that all changed at the Tate Modern. I walked into the Rothko gallery, and my world changed. The immensity of the paintings hit me first, and the longer I looked the more the depth of the paintings struck me. The deep maroons and reds, the low light, the subtle variance across the canvas. It felt as though the weight of the world had been laid upon me, yet at the same time I felt liberated by being the presence of those etherial paintings. I stayed in that room a good 30 minutes, maybe more, just sitting on the benches, crying at times.

    After that experience I've found myself diving deeper into to the history and theory of art, learning how to appreciate works more. I really think of that day as one of the most transformational experiences of my life, both as an artist and as a human. I've yet to see another Rothko in person, and a trip to Houston to see the Chapel would almost be a religious experience.

  16. Nice overview of the highlights of Houston art stuff. Echoing other comments, yah, MFAH is good but not as vital. There's a Turrell light tunnel in the basement. You missed Art Car Museum, and a bunch of other outsider things. When I hear someone say they visited Houston and wanted to stay, I have to think they didn't venture outside the museum district. πŸ™‚

  17. As a Houstonian, I loved this!! I have not seen the Fabiola project yet – you have convinced me to go back to Menil soon. I absolutely love the Rothko chapel though. There's something so calming and transcendent about being in that space. πŸ™‚ Also glad you got a nice selection of all the excellent food Houston has to offer!

  18. Wow! Thanks for the cool video! Vietnamese food is my favorite! I never let a noodle or a bean sprout or and vietnamese egg roll or a springroll or a pork on broken rice or soybeanmilk go to waste. Cool video.

  19. Whoa. I can only handle about 3 hours of art and museum before my mind gets mentally dull. We have MIA in Minneapolis, MN and I can only take one section or show before I get mentally worn out. How did you guys do multiple places in one day?

  20. I am a very proud Houstonian and I actually visited multiple times a lot of the places you visited. I'm very glad that you got to experience it and take a positive look at all that you saw.

  21. This is definitely my favourite Art Trip. Every piece in the places visited capture my imagination perfectly and feel very personal.

  22. Kouing Amann is a French regionnal desert! I'm French so I just felt the urge to say that sorry xD I love your videos so much by the way! I've discovered so many wonderful artists thanks to you…. Your channel is like an Enlightenment window

  23. These videos are like focused versions of the "Thoughts from Places" series. Which must be why I adore them so much.

  24. Thank you for highlighting my city in such a beautiful way! The Menil collection is my backyard and I am thankful for it everyday.

  25. I had no idea my home town had such a vibrant art community! I have only been to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Rice campus, but now I want to take another day trip to look at all these places.

  26. I just want to thank you for your work. Thanks to you, I've learned to enjoy art beyond it being pretty; I've learned to search for meaning.

  27. Thank you for showing my hometown in such a lovely way! I have been to the Rothko Chapel, Menil Collection, and Cullen Sculpture Garden, but you gave me new places to explore. I love how vibrant the art scene is here in Houston, and I'm so glad you got to experience some of the best of Houston! I also love that you went to Torchy's and Common Bond- two of my most favorite places to eat here πŸ™‚

  28. I have been to James Turrell's Skyspace in Philadelphia. It is a amazing. I didn't know what was going to happen or what we were going to experience, but wow!! I think everyone one should go to one of his Skyspaces if they can.

  29. I had no idea what to expect from art in Houston, so this just shows that you can find amazing experiences wherever you go!

    I really like the idea of the Menil Collection. I often get caught in the trap of needing the little info card (or description in a book) to give me context for the art I'm seeing. It would be so freeing to be forced to just take the art for what it is.

  30. I love this, but there are so many places I wish you had been able to go! The Center for Contemporary Craft (I could probably talk about this place for days. It's relatively small but has so many things going on), Center for Photography, The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (an independent museum on the north side of Houston, away from the bustle of the art district)… Hope you'll come back sometime, we have so much more to offer!

    You also missed a really excellent food truck called the Waffle Bus. Just sayin.

  31. I've been living in Houston for a while and I'm always in search for places like this. Thank you for this! Next time your in Houston I recommend going to lunch at Stanton's City Bites. Its a burger place with a lovely history and delicious food.

  32. Amazing video, such a good representation of the different types of art that can be found in a city. Art is everywhere! Would lovee to see a 'Case for' video on Francis Bacon. Proud to share my nationality with such a complex and thought provoking artist, would love to see your take πŸ™‚

  33. I'm a born and raised Houstonian, so seeing this makes my heart soar. When I was growing up however, I took for advantage a lot of what Houston had. It wasn't until I moved away that I finally realized how much art (and music and food!) my city had, and how much it inspired who I am today. The Cy Twombly museum is a different experience each time I visit, especially when I'm bringing a friend. I'm so glad you guys got to view it and share it with us, I miss it so much!

  34. How did you plan this trip? I've started travelling more recently but knowing hoe to find art like this that isn't super touristy and commercial in places your not familiar with is challenging.

  35. You guys need to come to St. Louis MO! There is a lot of amazing museums and galleries. While its not a huge destination, everyone who is involved with art here is so passionate about it.

  36. I loved the video! I'm curious, though: How much of the Houston art world is sponsored in some way by the Menils? Consequently, how much of the Houston art world is centered in Montrose?

  37. Wow, it seems like a great art trip. Never have I ever wanted to visit Texas more, I had no idea Huston is such a big city and so full of amazing art. Only the Rothko chapel and James Turrell piece would be enough to astonish me, but the rest was true icing on the cake. Putting it on my list πŸ™‚

  38. There is a small art studio in Fort Worth, TX called Fort Works Art that used to be my great grandfather's furniture store, Grimes Design Studios. It's always so cool to drive by it and think that what's now being used to showcase art was once a huge part of my family.

  39. I love this video! I will be returning to SE TX for a few months after being away for 20 year. I've been to some of these places, and some more than once. The first time I went to the Rothko Chapel was on a high school trip, though I did not remember that it was Rothko, since the artist did not stick with me at the time. I visited again about 5 yrs ago, and the fact the artist was Rothko surprised me, which demonstrated how you see old places with new eyes. I've learned more about Cy Wombly through Sally Mann's autobiography and can't wait to see that space as well. Your video makes me want to attempt something similar for Beaumont… just east of Houston. Lovely! Thank you!!!

  40. Beautiful! Hope you caught the mosaic park with found objects next to the Orange Show. I was in Houston for the first time this summer and want to go back and catch the things I missed.

  41. Great architecture, great art, great food. What more do you need? πŸ˜€ Really appreciated hearing all about the buildings you visited, the Rothko Chapel and Skyspace seem especially intriguing. I've had it to go visit the Kimbell and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, now I know I need to plan a jaunt south to visit some Houston destinations as well. πŸ™‚

  42. I wish you guys had time to go into the MFAH, because it's the only Houston museum I've been to, but mostly because Hank & John made a video called 'Nicest Hotel Room in the World.' It's the Hotel ZaZa which is literally right next to the MFAH, and just peering into it's lobby/waiting room, & transport vehicles is a work of art in itself. Hank also holds an actual non-nailed down Picasso print while eating Pringles, and John does the most incredible belly slide on a table.

  43. Kouign amann in Houston, Texas ??? πŸ˜€
    These are from my place Brittany in France !
    I feel like a part of me has been featured on this vlog ^^

  44. You should add St. Louis to your list to visit sometime! Though often underrated, St. Louis is full of cool hubs for art–museums, sculpture parks, you name it! And my favorite part is that virtually all of it is free to the public. πŸ™‚

  45. This is so cool! I lived in Houston until I was 7, but we visit almost every summer. My parents went to Rice and my cousin goes there now, so I feel a weird sense of pride? Like this city is somehow my baby? Despite living there for half my life? Also, check out Meow Wolf!

  46. I've been living in Houston for most of my life yet I never heard or seen any of these places. Makes me realize just how much I'm missing out on life. Thanks so much for making this video.

  47. lol the Rothko chapel, first you see a bunch of religious books, then you go inside and all is black, darkness and nothingness.
    A chapel dedicated to nihilism πŸ˜€ cool concept

  48. I honestly think you missed out since you did not go to The Station. It is an amazing gallery in Houston that mostly features political art from around the world.

  49. it's so exciting to see about other ppl going to places i kinda remember! I miss it all. I'll try to visit soon. I think I really need it πŸ˜… This channel is awesome!

  50. I appreciate this so much!!! I'm finally going to be able to visit Houston and this little video tour was SO HELPFUL to pick what I want to see. Thank you so much!!!

  51. People see Houston as nothin but highways and cars, oil rigs and glass/steel buildings. But if you really take the time to dig deep into the culture of the city, you will find many surprises.

  52. You missed a TON of stuff. Tons of murals and street art, and including a mural done by Frank Stella. Also, many, many sculptures.

  53. I use to live in Arlington TX. I loved going to Houston for exciting, unexpected art, especially Cy Twombly Gallery and the Rothko Chapel.

  54. Grew up in Houston and lived there until 31. This video is the Houston I remember from my trips back there in the '80s and '90s. This was the time of promise when the social and political division of 2013,'14,'15, '16 and ongoing was still a few years into the future. I hope the city will get back to the projects of those two decades and show the country how to get over and past the current turmoil.

  55. I am from Houston and have been to some of these places but not all. Now I have a new appreciation for my city.

  56. I was born in raised in Houston but moved to New York three years ago. Seeing all these wonderful, familiar cultural institutions (and some of my favorite places like Siphon and Tochy’s) made me so homesick but also really proud of my city. Thanks for sharing!

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