Everyone knows that Texas is rich with oil. But did you know that Texas is also rich with art and great architecture? Texas isn’t just all about cowboys, cattle, and hoe-downs. They also have an amazing art collection that you will not be able to see but in the Lone Star State. I only know this because TH wanted to hit all the museums and artwork on his wish list that he wanted to see should he ever make it to Texas. It was the most he’s ever taken control of a situation when traveling.
TH is an admirer of Rothko so we drove for several hours to Houston to see the Rothko Chapel, which was commissioned by John and Dominique De Menil. The chapel is not specific to any religion, and welcomes all religion to meditate and reflect. It is a sanctuary of human rights promoting peace and understanding of all people and faiths. Photography was not permitted of the paintings. It’s a well worth a visit if you are in Houston. When we were there, there wasn’t a lot of people, which was great for viewing the powerful paintings of Rothko. For more information, please visit the Rothko Chapel website.
While you’re in Houston, you may want to check out the Menil Collection designed by architect, Renzo Piano. The admission is free to all visitors! Not a bad deal. Again, no photography of the art collection.
We had also spent a day between Dallas and Fort Worth just hitting the major museums; Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, which was also designed by Renzo Piano, Modern Art Museum of of Fort Worth, which was design by architect, Tadao Ando, and the Kimbell Art Museum, which was design by another architect, Louis I.Kahn.
As you can see (read), Texas has a wealth of art and architecture. Most of them are fully funded, which means that admission is free (please check with the museums before you go)!