‘Twilight Epiphany’: Rice’s sublime skyspace turns 2


Two years ago this Saturday, James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace (aka The Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion) opened to the public. Since then, more than 75,000 people have visited the work of art that has become one of the most photographed attractions on campus and a popular recommendation for tourists.

“It’s a star and people are drawn to it,” said Rice Public Art Director Molly Hubbard. “It’s so picturesque.”

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The Family Ethos: Suzanne Deal Booth


“It’s been brewing for a while,” says Suzanne Deal Booth of her and her husband’s decision to make a precedent-setting gift to the business school. But she also sees it as a natural progression of their shared personal interests, as well as their professional and philanthropic commitments.

Booth has made her career in the field of artistic and historic preservation; she met David Booth shortly after moving to Los Angeles to work at the Getty Conservation Institute. She describes her husband as someone who “loves history” and is an avid reader of nonfiction. Even family vacations have been built around exploring cultural legacies. “We don’t go to the beach,” she adds with a laugh. “We go look at what past civilizations have left behind.” Read more