Cormac McCarthy’s unsettling works have reinvigorated the Southern Gothic genre of literature by taking the archetypal Cowboy narratives of the Southern States and turning them into something uniquely bleak and apocalyptic.
John Thomas Biggers's works of art are deeply rooted in his experience as an African-American man working primarily in the American South in a time when Jim Crow laws and racial segregation were the norm.
Lawndale is one of the only institutions in Houston that is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by regional artists. Located in the Museum District, it presents exhibitions and events, and has an annual residency program.
DiverseWorks presents new visual, performing, and literary art. It values the artistic process and encourages artists to test new ideas in the public arena, and aims to investigate contemporary and current social, cultural, and artistic issues.
Project Row Houses (PRH) is a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. PRH’s campus has grown from from 22 houses to 40 properties.
Artpace San Antonio serves as an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. Its residencies, exhibitions, and education programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists.
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 as a centre for public exploration of contemporary art and culture. Housed in a converted dancehall that dates to 1927, it is a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space.
The Rothko Chapel aims inspire people through art and contemplation. Mark Rothko was commissioned in 1964 to shape and control a total environment to encompass his work, resulting in a group of fourteen paintings created specially for the meditative space.
Located in Houston’s Museum District, the Menil is based Renzo Piano’s first American building. This landmark structure houses one of the world’s great art collections. The Museum hosts changing exhibitions from antiquities to modern and contemporary art.
CAMH is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art. It presents dynamic exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs.
The Kimbell’s permanent collection is small in size, comprising fewer than 350 works of art, and is distinguished by an extraordinary level of artistic quality and importance. Its holdings range from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post–World War II art in all media. Along with its permanent collection it hosts regular temporary and traveling exhibitions.
The Dallas Museum of Art was founded in 1903 and has been in its present location in the Arts District since 1984. It features an outstanding collection of more than 22 000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.
The museum provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in contemporary art. It accomplishes this through innovative exhibitions, education, interpretative programs and direct access to the creative process.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas, with a permanent collection of more than 17 000 works.
Since 2001, The Bullock Texas State History Museum, in downtown Austin, has been engaging audiences to interpret for themselves the continually unfolding "Story of Texas." Three floors of exhibits showcase artifacts from around the state.
Houston's amazing web of underground tunnels is explored on this guided walking tour. Guests learn about Houston's history, culture and architecture whilst walking through the tunnel system to visit the Chase Building and Pennzoil Place.
This 12 day tour takes in world class collections of art and sculpture, public and private, housed in exceptional buildings. It includes the Kimbell in Fort Worth, Menil in Houston, Blanton in Austin, and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation.
This 10 day tour takes in the best that the state has to offer, from live music and barbeques, to western horseback riding at an authentic ranch. Guests learn about life on the range at the Dallas Heritage Center and see where Davey Crockett made his last stand.
A locally run hotel since 1959, the hotel was renovated in 2005, maintaining its classic ‘50s horseshoe shape and interior courtyard. It has transformed the structure into a model of modern design and livability while maintaining the original hotel’s bygone charm.
The Belmont is a historic boutique hotel perched on a North Oak Cliff hilltop, just minutes outside of downtown Dallas. Its vintage theme and mid century decor reflect the architecture of the building, which has been renovated with care.
Hotel Saint Cecilia is in a secluded estate in Austin’s South Congress district. Named in honour of the patron saint of music and poetry, each suite takes inspiration from various creatives, from William S Burroughs and the Rolling Stones to Miro and Warhol.
The hotel was originally built in 1914 by a successful local grocer as a residence hotel for his buyers. Inspired by the eponymous city, the Mediterranean Revival design of the building reflects this influence.
SMOKE Restaurant opened in 2009, gaining an impeccable reputation in a relatively short time. The menu, inspired by Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, offers a contemporary take on traditional fare, with delicate and unusual pairings of flavours.
A renowned Barbecue restaurant, Nina Schmidt Sells established Smitty's Market in 1999 in the building that housed her father's Kreuz Market for more than 50 years. It sits in the same location where barbecue has been sold in Lockhart since the turn of the last century.
Combining local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe is the basis for Uchi's culinary philosophy. The farmhouse Japanese menu pairs traditional Japanese offerings with new flavours and textures.
Fonda San Miguel, which opened in 1975, is recognized as one of the finest interior Mexican restaurants in the country. It features classic regional Mexican cuisine prepared with authentic recipes and numerous ingredients from the on-site organic garden.
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The Lone Star State, Texas is the second largest US state and is home to an
incredible range of both landscapes and people. The former include the desert
for which the state is renowned, as well as a mixture of prairies, mountains
and swamps, as well as the coastline which looks onto the Sea of Mexico. The
people of Texas reflect the diversity of its history; the state has been ruled
over by the French, the Spanish, and by Mexicans, it also was at one time an independent
republic, all of which influenced the distinct culture that exists there today.
The literature of the state reflects the diversity of its cultural heritage
and the traditions of this once wild frontier land. Annie Proulx has written
with great success about the society of Texas and how the people of the state
engage with traditional rural lifestyle. Her most celebrated Texas work is The Old Ace in the Hole. Cormac
McCarthy is also a highly acclaimed Texas writer, many of whose bleak and
disturbing works have been adapted into films such as No Country for Old Men and All
the Pretty Horses.
Texas is also renowned for its Western Films such as Rio Bravo and The Searchers,
both featuring the definitive Western star, John Wayne. They purport to show
the state when it was still largely lawless and the setting for various battles
between lawmen, criminals and Native Americans. More recent Texas films, which
show the state as it is in contemporary times, include Office Space and Reality
The state is also famous for the strength of its county music scene with Willie Nelson, The Dixie Chicks and ZZ Top
all hailing from The Lone Star State.