The two oldest of my three children have grown to love museums as much as their mom. I’m sure this is a result of the many visits we made as they were growing up. My oldest son Tom (we call him TJ, but he’s outgrown the nickname) is an artist and we often take trips together to view art exhibitions. A few weekends back, we shared a mother-son date day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX . We planned that day to view the Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest exhibit along with the Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism exhibit.
If your in the Houston area anytime soon I would urge you to make a visit. The photo above was taken by my son in the Pixel Forest. You walk into a darkened space lit by thousands of strands of glass forms hanging from above. You are free to roam about as the LED lights slowly change colors. Surrounding the area are movie images on the walls of alternating natural scenes with magical music playing softly in the background. There are pillows and carpeted areas provided so you can comfortably lay back and enjoy the atmosphere from a different perspective. I felt as if I was immersed in a sea of glass jellyfish and amoeba like creatures.
The Mexican Modernism show was beautiful and historically significant. It follows the history and industrialization of Mexico from 1910-1950 through the images of artists such as Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. Some pieces are fanciful and others frightening. The use of technology enhanced the show by allowing you to take a virtual tour of murals by Orozco, Rivera, and Siqueiros.
I’m so grateful I get to spend quality time with my children. It’s so fulfilling to experience something new with them and be able to sit over a cup of coffee or glass of wine afterwards and discuss how it made us feel.
As fifty nears, I will be looking for many more opportunities for mother-child date days.