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The Jung Center

October 13th, 2010 (02:19 am)

For years, whenever I drive through the Museum District, I look at the Jung Center and think I should check it out. So while my brother was here, he, Tom, and I included it on our Day of Museums. It's a small building, easy to overlook among the larger museums surrounding it, but it has an interesting history. Founded in 1958 by five women who were studying the writings of Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, it has become a thriving organization that:

  • Offers more than 100 classes, programs, and weekend workshops rooted in analytical psychology, the expressive arts (writing, painting, movement), and the humanities to more than 3,000 students annually.
  • Welcomes over 5,000 visitors annually to its gallery spaces showcasing the work of Texas artists.
  • Collaborates with like-minded Houston organizations in efforts toward global psychological wholeness and compassionate action.
  • Hosts public conferences to explore current-day compelling issues, partnering with other organizations, including the Alley Theatre, Diverse Works, Holocaust Museum Houston, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Menil Collection, Methodist Hospital, Rice University, Rothko Chapel, and the University of Houston Honors College.
  • Currently provides expressive arts programs free of charge for at-risk children, senior citizens, individuals suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and professional caregivers dedicated to meeting some of our city’s most pressing needs.

An impressive organization to have begun with a shared idea among five trailblazing women.

Currently hanging in the center's art gallery: Testing the Waters by Texas artist Robert Batterton. The drawings in this series feature mystical images blending the ethereal with the everyday. Many of the works are viewable on his site, including this one that I like a lot:

I recommend seeing them in person to fully appreciate them. There's no charge to browse through the gallery. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center also includes a bookstore with a fascinating range of books--and Carl Jung action figures!

On the corner of Montrose and Berthea.


If you own any of the books in the opposite side bar and would like them signed, mail them to:
P.O. Box 924104
Houston, TX 77292
Please include three dollars for return postage. Thank you.

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