Houston venues showcase exhibits inspired by Rice Centennial
"William Marsh Rice: The Man and His Legacy" Date: Aug. 14, 2012 - Nov. 04, 2012 Time: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St. The exhibit tells the life story of Rice University founder William Marsh Rice. Containing a collection of rare documents, photographs and archived items, the exhibit highlights Rice's business relationships, how he built his fortune, the vision he had for the Rice Institute and his murder. The exhibit is guest curated by Lee Pecht, head of special collections at the Woodson Research Center. "The Rice Institute: Planning, Construction, Opening and the First 10 Years" Date: Sept. 29, 2012 - Nov. 10, 2012 Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney St. The display includes photographs, news articles, artifacts, letters, Rice Institute records,and memorabilia that document the development of the Rice Institute. "Vera Prasilova Scott Portraiture Collection" Date: Sept. 4, 2012 - Dec. 28, 2012 Time: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Bank of America building, 700 Louisiana St. The exhibit showcases the professional portraiture of Vera Prasilova Scott, as well as photographic prints, glass plate negatives, and other equipment and supplies dating from 1926 to 1937. Houston- and Rice University-related subjects include the Lovett, Baker, Blaffer, Cullinan, Wiess, Hutcheson, Autrey and Sharp families. Prasilova was the wife of Rice Institute physicist Arthur F. Scott. The couple moved to Houston in 1926, where Prasilova opened a photography studio on San Jacinto Street, becoming well-known for her portraits. Her clients included local, social and political families, visiting celebrities and Rice faculty. Prasilova's work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Ore. and the Museum of Czech Literature in Prague, Czechoslovakia.