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Magritte: The Mystery of the ordinary 1926-1938 Belgian artist René Magritte was perhaps best known for assembling witty and thought-provoking images that challenge an observer’s preconditioned perceptions of reality. Participants in this course will explore aspects of this iconic artist as several prominent art historians from Rice University and the Houston community present perspectives on the man and his work, as exemplified in the striking exhibit, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938” at the Menil Collection.
Spotlight on Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research The Kinder Institute for Urban Research conducts scientific research, sponsors educational programs, and engages in public outreach that advances understanding of pressing urban issues and fosters the development of more humane and sustainable cities. In this course, members of the research faculty at the institute will discuss this organization’s various programs and accomplishments. The course will culminate in a presentation of the central findings from the new 2014 Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by its founder and co-director of the institute, Dr. Stephen Klineberg.