Houston Museum District Announces 2015’s Museum Experience Zone 1

Wednesday 07th, January 2015 / 19:08 Written by
Houston Museum District Announces 2015’s Museum Experience Zone 1

Houston Museum District Presents Museum Experience Zone 1: January 31, 2015

January 31 party highlights local artists, the beginning of a new era for a beloved chapel, plus Cirque du Soleil giveaway


Museum Experience returns in 2015 with the first quarterly block party featuring three museums on Saturday, January 31. Special activities include live art on the Menil lawn, a photo scavenger hunt, poetry workshops, musical performances by Da Camera Young Artists plus the unveiling of an unexpected new home for contemporary art: the Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel.

Zone 1 includes a photo scavenger hunt courtesy of Houston Center for Photography, the final opportunity to see the exhibit, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence at The Menil Collection; community acro-yoga at Rothko Chapel and musical performances by Da Camera, curated to reflect the unique nature of each venue. Writers in the Schools (WITS) will lead poetry writing workshops while a concurrent live art installation appears on the Menil lawn featuring local artists Black Cassidy, Nicky Davis, Anat Ronen, Natalia Victoria and Leche.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, internationally renowned for audiovisual installations, have created the first site-specific work for the Menil’s repurposed chapel, an immersion into sights and sounds inspired by the heavens.

“We begin 2015 programming with some of Houston’s gems. These iconoclastic institutions are international treasures revered by art appreciators worldwide. Having institutions accessible right in our backyard really speaks to the tenet of bringing a wealth of culture to all,” says Laurette Cañizares, Houston Museum District executive director. “Museum Experience provides opportunities to showcase local talent alongside an internationally acclaimed performance troupe like Cirque; which adds an incredible layer of diversity to our already stellar programming.”

Complementary events include special preview, family activities and ticket giveaways courtesy of Cirque du Soleil’s show Amaluna. Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston with this new touring show directed by Tony Award® Winning Director Diane Paulus. The show premieres February 12, 2015 under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park.


Visitors have multiple ways to win the Ultimate Culture package through social media outlets. Those who use #housmuse #museumexperience and post event photos to Houston Museum District’s social media channels (FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram) will be automatically entered for a chance to win tickets to see Amaluna. Other contests including memberships, merchandise and Bistro Menil gift certificates are also planned. Those who travel to Houston or want to make a staycation for the event can take advantage of discounted hotel rates at Hotel Zaza by using the special code ME.

ZONE 1 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Saturday, January 31, 2015

11am – 6pm Photo scavenger hunt! Houston Center for Photography dares you to be creative and capture details with your camera from the surrounding buildings and nature.
11am – 7pm Last day to enjoy The Menil Collection’s monumental Gandhi exhibition. Visit Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s audiovisual installation inspired by the heavens in the repurposed Byzantine Fresco Chapel.
11am – 4pm Arts and crafts inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming show Amaluna. Get a sneak peak of this not-to-miss show!  Local artists create a Live Art installation in the Menil Park.
12pm and 12:30pm Writers in the Schools (WITS) host two 30-minute workshops and readings at The Menil Collection.
1pm– 2pm  Join an acroyoga jam on the Rothko Chapel lawn. Open to everyone.
2:00pm, 2:45pm and 3:30pm Three simultaneous musical performances by Da Camera Young Artists.

  • The Menil Collection: A musical response to the exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence.
  • Rothko Chapel: A short concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton, a Catholic monk who promoted interfaith dialogue and influenced the aesthetic of the Rothko chapel.
  • Houston Center for Photography: A concert snapshot of several Houston composers, featuring a world premiere by Jonathan Booker for trumpet and percussion.


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. • 713.529.4755hcponline.org  Hours: 11am–7pm • Always Free

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. •713.525.9400menil.org Hours: 11am–7pm • Always Free

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

The Museum Experience creates walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the area and experience the museums in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks. The Museum Experience events happen during normalmuseum hours giving visitors ample time to explore without feeling rushed to make it to the next program. Visitors can simply walk or bike from one museum to the next venue in that quadrant. Although selected museums are featured in each zone, all museums in the District will be open regular hours. Visit www.thehoustonmuseumexperience.com for more information and contest details.

Houston Museum District Association – works collaboratively with 19 museums, all within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain. The nonprofit was formed in 1997 to maximize the artistic, scientific and educational resources of the Houston Museum District institutions for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org.


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