Press Release

Learn How Light Impacts the Way Your Brain Sees Art

April 16, 2019


Houston, TX -- The Rothko Chapel in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) presents an illustrated talk by Dr. Aziz Shaibani, “Neuroscience and Visual Art: The Complex Relationship of Light, Color and the Brain,” on May 16 at 6:30pm in the Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS, 5555 Herman Park Drive, Houston, 77030.  Shaibani, a neurologist associated with Baylor College of Medicine, will share the latest in brain science on how light impacts the way we see visual art.  Shaibani is a Rothko Chapel Board member who is passionate about art and the way we perceive it.  Through May 9 tickets are $16, and HMNS member tickets are $10.  After that date ticket prices rise to $20, HMNS member tickets are $14.  Reservations may be made online

Shaibani will explain the physical properties of light, and the power light has on the visual perception of art mediated by the brain. Light, whether it is natural or artificial, defines the look of visual art.  Different lighting conditions have a major impact on the appearance of an art object.  This principle is paramount in optimizing the Rothko Chapel skylight during the current Opening Spaces restoration and master site plan. Rothko Chapel will reopen early 2020.  For additional lecture information visit the Chapel website at

About Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is closed through early 2020 for major renovations.  As part of its Opening Spaces campaign, the first phase of the project will realize a Welcome House and a new energy center; enhancements to the lighting and entryway in the Chapel; and new greenspaces for reflection will be added to the existing grounds. Programs will be held off-site and can be found online at  As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

About HMNS

The Houston Museum of Natural Science – one of the nation’s most heavily attended museums – is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District.  With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.


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