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Museum Experience Zone 1 returns on Saturday, January 28, 2017

December 19, 2016

Museum Experience Zone 1 returns on Saturday, January 28, 2017

(HOUSTON – December 19, 2016) The Museum Experience returns January 28, 2017 showcasing a trio of participating museums within an easily walkable four-block footprint. In addition to free admission in Zone 1 all day, families may participate in a variety of artful activities for all ages, go on a scavenger hunt, practice writing, and enjoy performances by Da Camera Young Artists. Meet the featured museums of Zone 1;

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 Street, 713-525-9400,, Hours: 11am -7pm

Rothko Chapel - A cultural landmark & sacred space dedicated to art, spirituality and human rights.

3900 Yupon Street, 713-524-9839,, Hours: 10am-6pm

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 education programs.

1441 W. Alabama Street, 713.529.4755,, Hours: 11am-7pm

ZONE 1 Programming – Saturday, January 28, 2017


2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm: Three simultaneous musical performances by Da Camera Young Artists at Houston Center for Photography, Rothko Chapel and The Menil Collection. The Da Camera Young Artists emerging professional vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers descend on Zone 1 to present nine concerts in the span of two hours.  Walk between the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, and the Houston Center for Photography to hear each program where music reflects the unique character of each space.

Houston Center for Photography

Moon Rooster Taco Truck

11am-6pm: Photo Scavenger Hunts. Houston Center for Photography dares you to be creative with two scavenger hunts. Try to find all the clues in HCP’s exhibition scavenger hunt of the 2017 Print Auction Exhibition and follow the Zone 1 scavenger hunt as you visit the museums to capture event details with your camera.

11am-5pm: Live Screen Printing with Hen Laying Egg at Houston Center for Photography

11am- 6pm: On view: the 2017 Print Auction Exhibition - Each year, HCP holds an annual print auction where artists, galleries, and collectors from all over the world contribute high caliber photographic art of which one-hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to support HCP exhibitions, educational initiatives, Access and Community Education programs, and the award-winning publication spot magazine.

The Menil Collection

12pm and 12:30 pm: Writers in the Schools (WITS) hosts two 30-minute family writing workshops and readings at the Menil Collection.

11am-7pm: The Menil Collection features Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast exhibition and The Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel. The West Coast “Beat” generation emerged in California in the decades following the Second World War. Formed outside of the established museums, schools, and galleries in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area, the loosely affiliated group (including emerging gallerist and eventual Menil Founding Director Walter Hopps) took advantage of the region’s permissive atmosphere while exploring its darker elements. Sometimes imbued with an enigmatic spirituality, combining influences from jazz, poetry, and popular culture, the work of these artists features a diverse array of media emphasizing spontaneity and innovation over aesthetic or technical concerns.

11am-7pm: The Fabiola Project consists primarily of paintings, but also includes bas-relief wood carvings and images in needlepoint, painted ceramics, jewelry, and in one case a mosaic made of rice and beans. On view in the Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel where slower and deeper reflection is encouraged, the exhibition is curated by Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Rothko Chapel

1pm-2pm:  Tai Chi offered by Henderson Smith of Living Well Therapies outside on the Rothko Chapel plaza.

The Museum Experience creates walkable zones within the city that help visitors navigate through the area and experience the museums in a personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone showcases a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming and community partners including a First Aid Station provided by Park Plaza Hospital. The Museum Experience events happen during normal museum hours giving visitors ample time to explore. Although selected museums are featured in each zone, all museums in the District are open on their regular Saturday times. Those attending are encouraged to post event photos through Houston Museum District’s FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram social media feeds using #houmuse and #museumexperience.

Houston Museum District Association  works collaboratively with 19 nonprofit museums within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain. Formed in 1997, HMDA is committed to making cultural arts accessible to all; providing unparalleled opportunities for education, inspiration and recreation.


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