MISS IMA HOGG
IMA HOGG: The Governor's Daughter,
by Virginia Bernhard. Texas Monthly Press.
By Elizabeth Bennett
Her name alone was enough to make Ima Hogg a Texas
legend. Over the years, the grande dame of Texas society
got dozens of letters wanting to know if Ima Hogg was
really her name (yes) and if she really had a sister named
Ura and a brother named Moore (no).
It was a name that would plague her until she died nine
years ago at age 93. Toward the end of her life she began
to call herself Imogene, a whimsical name change that
was apparently a well-kept secret from even some of the
people closest to her.
But if Ima Hogg's name was the butt of jokes for decades,
the lady herself was anything but a laughing
Founder of the Houston Symphony, she was also a nationally
prominent collector who spent half a century
putting together the highly acclaimed collection of
American antiques at Bayou Bend, the magnificent River
Oaks mansion in which she lived for many years and
which she later donated to the Museum of Fine Arts,
In addition to being a patron of the arts, Miss Hogg was
instrumental in founding, among other things, the
Houston Child Guidance Center and the Hogg Foundation
for Mental Health, an agency that conducts research
and designs programs to promote mental health.
She was also a grand old lady in the finest tradition, doing
and saying pretty much what she pleased in later
years. Once, after Post music editor Carl Cunningham
had written an unfavorable review just before a symphony
fund drive, she whacked him with her cane and
demanded: "How dare you do that to us!"
"She is to Houston what Alice Roosevelt Longworth is
to Washington and Mrs. Lytle Hull (is) to New York,"
the New York Times reported.
Now, in what the publisher is calling "the first booklength
biography" of Ima Hogg, author Virginia
Bernhard tells the story of an extraordinary woman and
her equally extraordinary family.
Hogg was the only daughter of flamboyant Gov. James
Stephen Hogg (whose term was 1891-95), one of the
most colorful and controversial public figures in Texas
history. Born in 1882 in Mineola, she was a tomboy as a
child, started piano lessons at age three, loved music,
and grew up planning to be a concert pianist. (She studied
piano both in New York and Europe, but never
fulfilled that early dream of becoming a professional
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TEXAS MUSEUMS, A GUIDEBOOK,
by Paula Eyrich Tyler and Ron Tyler
Texas is lucky to have more than 500 museums devoted
to the public exhibition of art, natural history, history,
science, and technology. This entertaining and informative
book is a guide through the surprising and delightful
world of Texas Museums. The book contains
helpful information about what you can expect to see, as
well as addresses, hours, fees, and other practical information
on admission and available services. Photographs
throughout the guide give an excellent preview of the
The collections of Texas art museums are as diverse as
the institutions themselves, from the paintings and sculpture
of the American West at the Amon Carter Museum
in Fort Worth to the French Impressionists of the exquisite
McNay Art Institute in San Antonio to the Old
Master paintings of the El Paso Museum of Art. Some
Texas museums, such as Mies Van der Rohe's addition to
the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Philip Johnson's
Museum of South Texas, are internationally recognized
works of architecture in their own right.
Not overlooked in this fine guidebook are Texas' many
outdoor recreation areas, wildlife refuges, zoos, and
parks, which frequently feature fascinating instructional
displays and programs.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART,
by Anne R. Bromberg
With the celebrated opening of the new Dallas Museum
of Art in January 1984, its exciting, diverse collections
received new and enthusiastic attention from the art
communities in Dallas and around the world. The artistic
heritage of diversity and excellence is captured in Dallas
Museum of Art, a book commemorating the museum's
much heralded inauguration.
A volume gracefully highlighting the finest pieces in the
museum's collections, the book features 250 superb photographs,
154 of them in color. Showing the diversity of
art in the museum, the book expertly places each work in
its historical and cultural context, which includes such
things as modem or African wood sculpture, American
and European impressionistic scenes, Japanese paintings,
ancient pre-Columbian gold work or Mesoamerican
The book, a wonderful guide to the museum, is also an
informative accompaniment to a visitor's trip through the
galleries. Arranged with chapters reflecting the museum's
design, the book encompasses the art of nonwestern
nations, the art of Europe and America, and
prints, drawings, photographs, and textiles.
Both these beautiful books are published by and ordered
The University of Texas Press
P. 0. Box 7819
Austin, Texas 78712
Texas Historical Foundation. Texas Heritage, Fall 1984. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45447/. Accessed December 12, 2013.