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6.05.2013
Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker Declares Farm to Market Road 1093 “Westheimer Road” in honor of Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Proclamation delivered by the Mayor’s office during MFAH program with therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and MFAH director Gary Tinterow

Last night, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) welcomed the reading of a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker’s office that declared June 4 as "Dr. Ruth Westheimer Day" in Houston and renamed for the day Farm to Market Road 1093 "Westheimer," after the internationally known authority on human sociology and sexuality. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of the book The Art of Arousal: A Celebration of Erotic Art throughout History, was on stage Tuesday evening in the Museum’s Brown Auditorium with MFAH director Gary Tinterow for Conversations with the Director, a new public program at the MFAH that brings an eclectic mix of cultural figures to the Museum. June 4 was Dr. Ruth’s 85th birthday.

Presented by City Council Member Melissa Noriega, an excerpt from Mayor Parker’s statement reads, "Her writings, lectures and quick wittedness have informed and inspired several generations. Her boldness on topics once considered taboo have helped advance attitudes about sexuality, health and relationships. Dr. Westheimer’s great sense of humor helps us all believe that life should be exciting and as fun as we make it."

Following the program, Dr. Ruth joined guests at a reception where she received a birthday cake and signed books.

"We are thrilled to celebrate Ruth’s 85th birthday and commemorate her achievements," said Gary Tinterow, MFAH director. "As a longtime friend and colleague, I am pleased to welcome her to Houston from New York. Her appearance at the Museum and the mayor’s proclamation was a delight for all."

About Conversations with the Director Information 
On April 23, the Conversations with the Director series launched with a conversation between MFAH director Gary Tinterow and artist Jeff Koons. Additional guests for the series will be announced later in the year. The series is presented by Louis Vuitton.

About Louis Vuitton 
Conversations with the Director is presented by Louis Vuitton. A symbol of elegance and style throughout the world, Louis Vuitton has cultivated a close relationship with the world of art since its founding in 1854. Consistent with the creativity and craftsmanship that have inspired the brand, Louis Vuitton is dedicated to sharing its creative passion in each community it serves.

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MFAH Communications Department
Mary Haus, Amy Lowman and Vanessa Ramirez-Sparrow 
vramirez-sparrow@mfah.org / 713.639.7554

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