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  1. 27 Jun
    Mon / 2011
    Rienzi’s foyer has been a subject on the minds of the curatorial department for much of this year, with several renovations underway since January. Filled with natural sunlight from the motor court, the room creates a lovely entryway for Rienzi’s guests -- but up until recently it has been quite unwelcoming to its artwork. Balancing the two has been something of a challenge for us. The passageway we refer to as the foyer, was part of the 1972...

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  2. 27 Jun
    Mon / 2011
    We were abuzz here at Rienzi on Saturday morning as about 20 applicants to the Rienzi docent program enjoyed a brief tour of Rienzi with some of our current docents; heard from Erika Arslan, our docent program manager; and had an opportunity to ask questions during the Docent Program Open House Coffee. We have a thriving docent program at Rienzi (23 of our original 38 docents are still active!), and we’re looking to add more voices and...

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  3. 16 Jun
    Thu / 2011
    This morning, Rienzi was bustling with children during one of our Summer Storytime Tours. Today we had 14 children enjoying stories read by docents Joan Bynum and Isabelle Chain, and by staff member Leah Arlen. They read Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, This is London by M. Sasek, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, How Loud is a Lion? by Clare Beaton, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, and many other books. If you’re interested...

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  4. 25 May
    Wed / 2011
    With the American Association of Museums 2011 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo drawing to an end, we just wanted to say thank you to all of the interesting, fun, and informative museum devotees we met this week! At Rienzi, in addition to attending many of the sessions and events at the George R. Brown Convention Center here in Houston, our staff was part of an On-Site Insight, titled This Old House: Engaging the 21st Century. On Monday,...

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  5. 18 May
    Wed / 2011
    Last weekend HGO Studio performed Love, Loss, and Solitude in Rienzi's Gallery. Selections came from Debussy, Schumann, Sondheim, and Mandel, among others.  What really struck me was how just feet away, Rienzi's Breakfast Room, is where Angelica Kauffman's Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus usually hangs. The painting depicts Ariadne on the island of Naxos, where her lover, the Greek hero Theseus, left her after he promised to marry her when she saved him from a labyrinth where...

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