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The Menil Collection Announces Houston’s New Cultural Block Party

The Museum District has recast its annual open house, known as Museum District Day, as a quarterly “Museum Experience,” presenting four focused celebrations throughout the year. This first of these all-new events − Saturday, January 26, 2013 – encompasses the Menil Collection, Houston Center for Photography, and the Rothko Chapel. Admission to all, as always, is free of charge.

The Museum Experience features the four walkable “zones” of Houston’s Museum District. Held on the last Saturday of January, April, July, and September, each “Museum Experience” will showcase a cluster or micro-neighborhood of museums, complete with special programming and food trucks. All “Museum Experience” events take place during normal museum hours.

Mark your calendars the Museum Experience, spanning the four seasons:

  • Zone 1, January 26: The Menil Collection (including the Cy Twombly Gallery and Richmond Hall), Houston Center for Photography, and the Rothko Chapel.
  • Zone 2, April 27: Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Weather Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
  • Zone 3, July 27: The Jung Center of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Zone 4, September 28: Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Rice University Art Gallery

“Creating zones makes it easier for visitors to explore,” said Laurette Cañizares, Museum District Association executive director. “We have such amazing and diverse museums in the district, we wanted to give visitors who were fans of Museum District Day more than one day to plan a trip to the district.”

On Saturday, January 26, the Zone 1 Museum Experience shines a light on the northwest section of Houston’s Museum District, home to the Rothko Chapel, Houston Center for Photography and the Menil Collection, including the Cy Twombly Gallery and Richmond Hall.  Because these institutions offer free admission throughout the year, each will welcome visitors with special programming and attractions, including concerts by Da Camera Young Artists, a neighborhood scavenger hunt, and free exhibition posters (offered by the Menil).

Refreshments and snacks will be available in the Menil parking lot and on the Rothko Chapel plaza from Melange Creperie, Good Dog Hot Dog, St. John’s Fire, Monster PB&J, and Porch Swing Desserts.

Zone 1 Schedule of Events

Saturday, January 26, 2013

All day long, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.:

Houston Center for Photography (HCP): 2013 Print Auction Exhibition

The Menil Collection: The Progress of Love exhibition and selections from the permanent collection, including Andy Warhol’s Camouflage Last Supper. And on the museum’s front promenade: FREE EXHIBITION POSTERS.

11 a.m.-5 p.m.:  A campus-wide Scavenger Hunt, organized by HCP. Capture with your camera hidden (and not-so-hidden) treasures and beauties, oddities and denizens of Zone 1.  Maps and clues available at HCP.

12:30 p.m. -1 p.m.: Michelle White, Menil Collection curator, discusses the new film installation, Untitled (Structures), with artist Leslie Hewitt and cinematographer Bradford Young, in the museum galleries.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Tai chi class with Henderson Smith, Rothko Chapel plaza

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: iPhoneography workshop at HCP with Theresa Escobedo. Learn to capture, edit, and share images and make your iPhone photos pop! (Pre-registration required by calling HCP)

2:00, 2:45, and 3:30 p.m.:  Half-hour musical performances by Da Camera Young Artists, featuring the music of Songs of Love at the Menil, George Crumb at the Rothko Chapel, and Steve Reich at HCP.

Meet the Museums of Zone 1

Houston Center for Photography
HCP offers over 300 annual workshops for all levels of photographers and is dedicated to providing the community with lens-based exhibitions and outreach programs.
1441 W. Alabama St. • 713.529.4775 •
Hours: 11am – 7pm

The Menil Collection
An international museum destination in an urban park, with a permanent collection—from the prehistoric to the present day—and special exhibitions presented throughout the year.
1533 Sul Ross St. • 713.525.9400 •
Hours: 11am – 7pm

Rothko Chapel
A cultural landmark & sacred space dedicated to art, spirituality, and human rights.
3900 Yupon St. • 713.524.9839 •
Hours: 10am – 6pm

Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District.

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