After I wrote about the painter Julian Onderdonk for Texas Highways, editor Michael Hoinski asked me if I’d write another piece, this time about The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures in Corpus Christi. This posed a particular problem, as I have never visited to Corpus Christi, nor do I plan on traveling there, or anywhere, anytime soon.
What happens when I spend all day in weird old Texas archives pic.twitter.com/DP2FBzmJ8q
— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) January 27, 2021
I scratched around online and scratched my head wondering how I was going to find anything interesting to say about a museum I’ve never visited until I came across this video of the museum’s founder in the wonderful Texas Archive of the Moving Image.
“Bringo!” I thought, and suddenly, because two is a pattern for me, a weirdos who left Texas and brought back art theme emerged. (I admit I had the Mütter Museum and Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders in mind, and this idea that often a museum starts with the obsessions and collections of a single individual.)
You can read the piece here.