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food for the soul

Tolerance, by Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa along Houston’s Allen Parkway – the route of the parade.

I was in Houston last week at the American Association of Museums (AAM) annual conference. Houston has one of the strongest cultural scenes in the country, and it was great to be amidst all that creative energy for a few days.  I thought I would share with you a few pictures from the Houston Art Car Parade and the Menil Collection.

The Art Car Parade should be on your bucket list if you love to laugh, to see people’s sense of creativity and humor and just want to celebrate life.

Part Airstream, part hot rod


Mobile Mastodon

Popcorn Mobile

Houston offers so much diversity. The next group of images are quite different from those of the parade, and they bear witness as previous images do of the need to create in the continuum of life . The Menil is a campus of buildings created to house the collection of John and Dominique de Menil. The collection is spiritual, inspiring and life affirming. The location, a quiet, peaceful residential neighborhood,  and is as fitting as the artwork in its midst. I felt the most profound solitude walking in the neighborhood going from one building to the next. It gave me the same safe feeling I had as a child in my front yard – filled with awe and wonder and ready for exploration within the confines and safety of my parents gaze.  As you can see the experience was quite personal, and I imagine that is part of the intent.  I hope that you will find the time to visit this gem.  I can’t wait to go back.

Outside Rothko Chapel, Menil Campus

~ Cat