New Perspectives on War

Where can you see thought-provoking images of war with your friends, complete with a one-hour tour given by one of the curators? At the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

On Wednesday, I, along with several other members of McMurtry, my residential college, had this opportunity. One of our Resident Associates (a faculty member who lives at the residential college), had organized the event, and had gotten us discounted tickets.

The photographs were hauntingly beautiful. The curator explained how we often forget that there are people behind those images. These photographers risk their lives while not even being soldiers, while not even being in combat. They gamble with their lives to preserve pieces of history.

One of the images that stuck with me is simple at first glance. It shows some grass, dirt, and soldiers from two different angles. The curator explained that the photographer took the photos right after he had mistakenly stepped on a landmine.

This exhibit is running until February 3rd, but there are many interesting upcoming exhibits, including “The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning,” “Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot,” and “Picasso Black and White.”

A fantastic aspect of Rice is that thinking goes beyond the hedges. There are events like this that make it easy for students to look at the world with new vantage points.