HomeArticlesArt Trip: Houston | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios Art Trip: Houston | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios By Frank Lundy September 24, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Tags:art, Beer Can House, Contemporary Art, houston, james turrell, john green, Lawndale Art Center, Menil, Menil Collection, PBS, pbs digital studios, Project Row Houses, rothko, Rothko Chapel, sarah urist green, Texas, the art assignment, The Orange Show, theartassignment, Underbelly Related Posts History of the Arts Crafts Movement Part 1 of 3 How to paint a tree in Acrylic lesson 6 Traditional Drawing Tutorial 01 About Author admin 100 Comments Gabby K January 27, 2017 How excellent! The Fabiola Project elicited a jaw drop from me. It has such a forceful first visual impression. I love thinking about the collection of art as art itself. Wonderful video, awesome array of art destinations. Keep it up! Reply Iliana Fernandez January 27, 2017 Please do the dallas fort worth area!! I didn't know about so many of these Reply This Is Fifty With Lil January 27, 2017 I've always wanted to visit Rice University since driving past there while once lost trying to find Houston Zoo. Having returned to TX, I must now go… an evening visit, for sure, on a moon lit night. Will definitely remember artist Cy Twombly as I can now say, if anyone asks, he is my favorite artist of the past century. Reply Acquavallo January 27, 2017 THE CASE FOR CY TWOMBLY!!!!!!! please please please Reply Fulano de Tal January 27, 2017 speaking of James Turrell, what do you think of the fate of "Tending Blue" in Dallas? I live in the DFW metroplex and work/volunteer at two of the museums there. Reply Margaret Moon January 27, 2017 Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking forward to the Art Trip Houston for months. It did not disappoint. I wish you could have stayed longer. There is so much more to see. Reply Kevin Pfeiffer January 27, 2017 Could you possibly tell me the track that plays at 8:00? I just moved to Houston and this made me so happy. Reply SciJoy January 27, 2017 I really liked the first place you went. I grew up going to church every Sunday. When in college, I tried to go to several churches (even different religions) and it wasn't the same. I missed the community. In the past year or two, I've come to realize that I miss the ritual of it too. It gave weeks a rhythm. It was an hour to focus on what kind of life your leading and the rituals were so repetitive it was kind of close to meditating. It is wonderful they set up a place where people can come up with their own structure and system. A quiet place to think. I wish more of them existed. Reply heyaselena January 27, 2017 Art Trip videos make me want to travel more, if I'm ever in Houston I will be checking these places out! Reply Vanessa V January 27, 2017 Great video! Art Trip Toronto or Art Trips in European cities would be cool. Reply Ambrose Reed January 27, 2017 Twilight Epiphany looks magical Reply Game of Knowing January 27, 2017 Wow, what a trip! I really enjoy the restaurant interludes in these videos and it always makes me wonder: do you thin that food (i.e. food meant to be eaten, not just as a visual medium) can be art? It seems to me that a good meal can be just as much of an aesthetic experience as paintings or sculpture. Reply Ain'titQuaint January 27, 2017 That last line about how this video can't replace those experiences seems apt. The thing I notice about post-impressionist nonrepresentational art is that it seems a lot harder to capture accurately in photos an film. Those replications can't compare with the experience of viewing a work in person. I suppose all art that wasn't specifically designed for mass production has that problem to some extent, but it seems particularly hard to capture the subtleties of a Mark Rothko painting, or the textures of a Jackson Pollack. You can record an installation on film, but it hardly has the same effect as occupying that physical space. Maybe that is why a lot of people think they don't like current art; it is easy to look at a reproduction of the Mona Lisa and at least get an appreciation for the way Da Vinci captures his subjects, but it is far more difficult to see a tiny picture of an Abstract painting or instillation and get the same effect. Seeing these Art trips makes me a little jealous for all these large cities that have access to so many art riches. The citizens of these metropolises have the luxury of not just seeing reproductions, but seeing a wealth of great art in person if they wish to take advantage of it. Living in a medium to small sized city doesn't offer the same wealth. Or maybe it does and you just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Have you folks considered doing an Art Trip to a smaller city? It is easy to find a bunch of cool art in large cities, but it would be interesting to see if you got more off the beaten path, if you could find enough interesting art being made to form a video. Reply GTOboi211 January 27, 2017 I am from here, and have been to a lot of these places but there are a couple I hadn't heard of. This is really enlightening. Reply atrociousprincess January 27, 2017 As a Rice alum, it was great to see you feature Skyspace (even if the lights were not operational). Also made me miss Common Bond and think about when I attended the opening of the Fabiola exhibit. Reply Joelyn Villame January 27, 2017 I'm from Houston, and I loved watching this. I went to the High School for the Performing and Visual arts, right down the street from Siphon, and have been to many of these places. It reminded me of when I first saw these installations, pieces, collections, etc. Watching this made it feel like the first time, seeing a new perspective. Thank you so much! Reply Alex Mims January 27, 2017 The Dallas/ Fort Worth areas are definitely great places to check out. Fantastic variety of food, culture and art . ^__^ Reply Stephen Louis January 27, 2017 Glad you enjoyed my hometown! 🙂 We're very proud of it. Reply Pam C January 27, 2017 you guys should totally go to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico ! Its super awesome and interesting ! Reply zentouro January 27, 2017 team #dessertforbreakfast Reply lorenabpv January 27, 2017 "we probably should have stopped there, but we didn't" you're my kind of people. and these places sound lovely, even if i can only catch glimpses from a computer screen in another country. while it's never gonna be the same, i love the art trips for making me sink deeply into somewhere far away. Reply Manna Flores January 27, 2017 The food here in HTX is bomb and there are murals here too! I've never heard of some of these places, this video is so great! Reply Connor Thomas January 27, 2017 I've lived in Houston my whole life and never been to most of these places. Thank you for showing me how beautiful my home is! Reply eggman345 January 27, 2017 Love the fast paced tour of all that Houston has to offer! And the quick segue to torchys 🙂 Reply Justin G. January 27, 2017 The Rothko Chapel is on the top of my list for places to visit. Rothko suddenly and without notice became my favorite artist. Last year I took a 2 week study abroad trip to London and Tate Modern was one of the places we went. I've always liked art, and enjoyed visiting other museums in London and here at home, but that all changed at the Tate Modern. I walked into the Rothko gallery, and my world changed. The immensity of the paintings hit me first, and the longer I looked the more the depth of the paintings struck me. The deep maroons and reds, the low light, the subtle variance across the canvas. It felt as though the weight of the world had been laid upon me, yet at the same time I felt liberated by being the presence of those etherial paintings. I stayed in that room a good 30 minutes, maybe more, just sitting on the benches, crying at times. After that experience I've found myself diving deeper into to the history and theory of art, learning how to appreciate works more. I really think of that day as one of the most transformational experiences of my life, both as an artist and as a human. I've yet to see another Rothko in person, and a trip to Houston to see the Chapel would almost be a religious experience. Reply Paul Mitchum January 27, 2017 Nice overview of the highlights of Houston art stuff. Echoing other comments, yah, MFAH is good but not as vital. There's a Turrell light tunnel in the basement. You missed Art Car Museum, and a bunch of other outsider things. When I hear someone say they visited Houston and wanted to stay, I have to think they didn't venture outside the museum district. 🙂 Reply Sarah Hawkins January 27, 2017 I love this! I'm a Texan (from Austin to be exact) but Houston does not get enough credit for being a rad city. Reply Nate Weston January 27, 2017 I live in Houston and didn't realize a lot of this is here! Thanks art assignment! Reply kelseypolo January 27, 2017 As a Houstonian, I loved this!! I have not seen the Fabiola project yet – you have convinced me to go back to Menil soon. I absolutely love the Rothko chapel though. There's something so calming and transcendent about being in that space. 🙂 Also glad you got a nice selection of all the excellent food Houston has to offer! Reply Isabella Bornberg January 27, 2017 yaaaay the Rothko chapel😍😍 Reply Daniel Anosh January 27, 2017 I love the content this channel shares with the world, especially your case for series! Reply bently42 January 27, 2017 More Art Trips, please! Reply Ceri Thomas January 27, 2017 More art 🙂 Reply 99thTuesday January 27, 2017 That Rothko chapel looks excellent Reply sam p January 27, 2017 Rothko chapel is great Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. January 27, 2017 Wow! Thanks for the cool video! Vietnamese food is my favorite! I never let a noodle or a bean sprout or and vietnamese egg roll or a springroll or a pork on broken rice or soybeanmilk go to waste. Cool video. Reply Crushi! .Music, Art & Love. January 27, 2017 Whoa. I can only handle about 3 hours of art and museum before my mind gets mentally dull. We have MIA in Minneapolis, MN and I can only take one section or show before I get mentally worn out. How did you guys do multiple places in one day? Reply TheInBooks January 27, 2017 I've liven in Houston for 18 years, and I've never been to any of these places. I look forward to visiting some now. Reply Diana Perez Bolanos. January 27, 2017 I am a very proud Houstonian and I actually visited multiple times a lot of the places you visited. I'm very glad that you got to experience it and take a positive look at all that you saw. Reply Robert Blokzyl January 27, 2017 This is definitely my favourite Art Trip. Every piece in the places visited capture my imagination perfectly and feel very personal. Reply Hazel Stritt January 27, 2017 Kouing Amann is a French regionnal desert! I'm French so I just felt the urge to say that sorry xD I love your videos so much by the way! I've discovered so many wonderful artists thanks to you…. Your channel is like an Enlightenment window Reply livin onthehedge January 27, 2017 These videos are like focused versions of the "Thoughts from Places" series. Which must be why I adore them so much. Reply Victoria Villarreal January 27, 2017 Thank you for highlighting my city in such a beautiful way! The Menil collection is my backyard and I am thankful for it everyday. Reply Luis Rivas January 27, 2017 I had no idea my home town had such a vibrant art community! I have only been to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Rice campus, but now I want to take another day trip to look at all these places. Reply Xenia Tombrou January 27, 2017 Whow! Amazing <3 I think this Art Trip inspired me most of all until now! What amazing places…. Reply Jake Harris January 27, 2017 You guys should visit NW Arkansas next! Reply Cocktail History January 27, 2017 I'm so glad you went to siphon and underbelly. Two of the best places to eat/drink in the city Reply yo raffetto January 27, 2017 Thank you for highlighting my home city! Reply MichiruEll January 27, 2017 I just want to thank you for your work. Thanks to you, I've learned to enjoy art beyond it being pretty; I've learned to search for meaning. Reply Amy Rose January 27, 2017 Thank you for showing my hometown in such a lovely way! I have been to the Rothko Chapel, Menil Collection, and Cullen Sculpture Garden, but you gave me new places to explore. I love how vibrant the art scene is here in Houston, and I'm so glad you got to experience some of the best of Houston! I also love that you went to Torchy's and Common Bond- two of my most favorite places to eat here 🙂 Reply SilentShits January 28, 2017 Keep making these videos. Reply MsFredWeasley January 28, 2017 I have been to James Turrell's Skyspace in Philadelphia. It is a amazing. I didn't know what was going to happen or what we were going to experience, but wow!! I think everyone one should go to one of his Skyspaces if they can. Reply afroceltduck January 28, 2017 I had no idea what to expect from art in Houston, so this just shows that you can find amazing experiences wherever you go! I really like the idea of the Menil Collection. I often get caught in the trap of needing the little info card (or description in a book) to give me context for the art I'm seeing. It would be so freeing to be forced to just take the art for what it is. Reply Maria M January 28, 2017 Wow! Reply Katee Smith January 28, 2017 I love this, but there are so many places I wish you had been able to go! The Center for Contemporary Craft (I could probably talk about this place for days. It's relatively small but has so many things going on), Center for Photography, The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (an independent museum on the north side of Houston, away from the bustle of the art district)… Hope you'll come back sometime, we have so much more to offer! You also missed a really excellent food truck called the Waffle Bus. Just sayin. Reply Nabeeha January 28, 2017 I've been living in Houston for a while and I'm always in search for places like this. Thank you for this! Next time your in Houston I recommend going to lunch at Stanton's City Bites. Its a burger place with a lovely history and delicious food. Reply sasha jones January 28, 2017 Darn, I was working right across the street! Wish I would have been able to say HI! Reply Rebecca Sarah January 28, 2017 Amazing video, such a good representation of the different types of art that can be found in a city. Art is everywhere! Would lovee to see a 'Case for' video on Francis Bacon. Proud to share my nationality with such a complex and thought provoking artist, would love to see your take 🙂 Reply Madeleine Rodriguez January 29, 2017 I'm a born and raised Houstonian, so seeing this makes my heart soar. When I was growing up however, I took for advantage a lot of what Houston had. It wasn't until I moved away that I finally realized how much art (and music and food!) my city had, and how much it inspired who I am today. The Cy Twombly museum is a different experience each time I visit, especially when I'm bringing a friend. I'm so glad you guys got to view it and share it with us, I miss it so much! Reply Joe January 29, 2017 How did you plan this trip? I've started travelling more recently but knowing hoe to find art like this that isn't super touristy and commercial in places your not familiar with is challenging. Reply TheEpicJordy January 29, 2017 You guys need to come to St. Louis MO! There is a lot of amazing museums and galleries. While its not a huge destination, everyone who is involved with art here is so passionate about it. Reply Rishi Narayan January 29, 2017 I loved the video! I'm curious, though: How much of the Houston art world is sponsored in some way by the Menils? Consequently, how much of the Houston art world is centered in Montrose? Reply MsDafiM January 29, 2017 Wow, it seems like a great art trip. Never have I ever wanted to visit Texas more, I had no idea Huston is such a big city and so full of amazing art. Only the Rothko chapel and James Turrell piece would be enough to astonish me, but the rest was true icing on the cake. Putting it on my list 🙂 Reply Mitra Mirpour January 29, 2017 When you realize that Sarah was on your campus, but you never met her. D: Reply maddie January 29, 2017 There is a small art studio in Fort Worth, TX called Fort Works Art that used to be my great grandfather's furniture store, Grimes Design Studios. It's always so cool to drive by it and think that what's now being used to showcase art was once a huge part of my family. Reply BHamiltonPhotography January 30, 2017 I love this video! I will be returning to SE TX for a few months after being away for 20 year. I've been to some of these places, and some more than once. The first time I went to the Rothko Chapel was on a high school trip, though I did not remember that it was Rothko, since the artist did not stick with me at the time. I visited again about 5 yrs ago, and the fact the artist was Rothko surprised me, which demonstrated how you see old places with new eyes. I've learned more about Cy Wombly through Sally Mann's autobiography and can't wait to see that space as well. Your video makes me want to attempt something similar for Beaumont… just east of Houston. Lovely! Thank you!!! Reply Erin Frisch January 30, 2017 Beautiful! Hope you caught the mosaic park with found objects next to the Orange Show. I was in Houston for the first time this summer and want to go back and catch the things I missed. Reply Zenith Medic January 30, 2017 Thanks for introducing me to Jooyoung Choi Reply Carravagio16 January 30, 2017 The menil is a total jem Reply Oliver Bollmann January 31, 2017 Great architecture, great art, great food. What more do you need? 😀 Really appreciated hearing all about the buildings you visited, the Rothko Chapel and Skyspace seem especially intriguing. I've had it to go visit the Kimbell and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, now I know I need to plan a jaunt south to visit some Houston destinations as well. 🙂 Reply T N January 31, 2017 I wish you guys had time to go into the MFAH, because it's the only Houston museum I've been to, but mostly because Hank & John made a video called 'Nicest Hotel Room in the World.' It's the Hotel ZaZa which is literally right next to the MFAH, and just peering into it's lobby/waiting room, & transport vehicles is a work of art in itself. Hank also holds an actual non-nailed down Picasso print while eating Pringles, and John does the most incredible belly slide on a table. Reply scozio January 31, 2017 You document your food almost as well as John on 100 days! 🙂 Reply ulo February 1, 2017 I was wondering if you would bring back book club? I really enjoyed reading the books! Reply Daniel Pérez February 3, 2017 I'm at the Menil like 4 times a week. I'm upset I didn't run into Sarah while she was here. Reply Erin K February 3, 2017 Can we have a video of your must visit before you die list? Reply Magali February 6, 2017 Kouign amann in Houston, Texas ??? 😀These are from my place Brittany in France !I feel like a part of me has been featured on this vlog ^^ Reply Sarah Holcomb February 10, 2017 Thank you. Reply Laine Johnson February 11, 2017 You should add St. Louis to your list to visit sometime! Though often underrated, St. Louis is full of cool hubs for art–museums, sculpture parks, you name it! And my favorite part is that virtually all of it is free to the public. 🙂 Reply Barbara Leppala February 12, 2017 This is so cool! I lived in Houston until I was 7, but we visit almost every summer. My parents went to Rice and my cousin goes there now, so I feel a weird sense of pride? Like this city is somehow my baby? Despite living there for half my life? Also, check out Meow Wolf! Reply Francis L. March 23, 2017 I've been living in Houston for most of my life yet I never heard or seen any of these places. Makes me realize just how much I'm missing out on life. Thanks so much for making this video. Reply Darkvine June 23, 2017 lol the Rothko chapel, first you see a bunch of religious books, then you go inside and all is black, darkness and nothingness.A chapel dedicated to nihilism 😀 cool concept Reply Gia S. July 19, 2017 "We started with the big daddy" – Sarah Urist Green Reply KaidanKarasu September 29, 2017 I honestly think you missed out since you did not go to The Station. It is an amazing gallery in Houston that mostly features political art from around the world. Reply Optic Perceptions October 21, 2017 I found some Street Art inspired artwork for sale in Houston www.opticperceptions.com Reply Melissa Yes November 1, 2017 it's so exciting to see about other ppl going to places i kinda remember! I miss it all. I'll try to visit soon. I think I really need it 😅 This channel is awesome! Reply Mei Mei November 5, 2017 I appreciate this so much!!! I'm finally going to be able to visit Houston and this little video tour was SO HELPFUL to pick what I want to see. Thank you so much!!! Reply Joshua Ward November 22, 2017 H-Town! Great job whetting appetites for what is a truly under appreciated town and art scene! Reply Dean H. December 1, 2017 Jamal Cyrus is fucking art teacher! Way to go UH Reply Adrian Guerra December 5, 2017 People see Houston as nothin but highways and cars, oil rigs and glass/steel buildings. But if you really take the time to dig deep into the culture of the city, you will find many surprises. Reply Rafael Melendez January 14, 2018 Lmfao Reply Daniel Rustad January 21, 2018 You keep adding to my places I must see list! Thank-you. 😉 Reply TinkTinkTink July 8, 2018 You missed a TON of stuff. Tons of murals and street art, and including a mural done by Frank Stella. Also, many, many sculptures. Reply Dan Naab August 13, 2018 I use to live in Arlington TX. I loved going to Houston for exciting, unexpected art, especially Cy Twombly Gallery and the Rothko Chapel. Reply Munus Shih November 26, 2018 I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!!! THIS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE ART TRIP <3 Reply ParadoxicallySweet December 19, 2018 UH! The MFAH is fantastic! How did you miss it?! Reply peasantre December 27, 2018 This video gave me a new found respect and love for my hometown thank you. Reply paul-harvey du bois February 25, 2019 Grew up in Houston and lived there until 31. This video is the Houston I remember from my trips back there in the '80s and '90s. This was the time of promise when the social and political division of 2013,'14,'15, '16 and ongoing was still a few years into the future. I hope the city will get back to the projects of those two decades and show the country how to get over and past the current turmoil. Reply Al Green - Light Through Glass March 19, 2019 Lunch before Art Reply rileythewizard April 15, 2019 I am from Houston and have been to some of these places but not all. Now I have a new appreciation for my city. Reply Mitch June 5, 2019 I was born in raised in Houston but moved to New York three years ago. Seeing all these wonderful, familiar cultural institutions (and some of my favorite places like Siphon and Tochy’s) made me so homesick but also really proud of my city. Thanks for sharing! Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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