Houston Museum of Natural Science

Neuroscience and Visual Art: Relationship of Light, Color and the Brain by Aziz Shaibani

Thursday, May. 16, 2019 – Thursday, May. 16, 2019

06:30 PM

“It is not what you look at that matters. It is what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Light allows us to experience our world, including art, and different lighting conditions have a profound impact on our overall visual perception.

This evening neurologist Dr. Aziz Shaibani will explain the power light has on the visual perception of art mediated by the brain. Dr. Shaibani will illustrate the physical properties of light and the way the brain processes light and color, providing insight to the complex relationship between light, perception, and art.

Aziz Shaibani, MD, is a practicing neurologist in Houston who also specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurophysiology. Dr. Shaibani is the director of Nerve & Muscle Center of Texas and a clinical professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shaibani is also on the board of the Rothko Chapel.

This is event is one in a series of offsite programs presented by the Rothko Chapel in partnership with Houston-area organizations while the Chapel is closed for renovations. The Rothko Chapel and grounds are closed to the public, to reopen in winter 2019/2020.

Early Bird to 5/9 - Members $10, Tickets $16

Regular price starting on 5/10 - Members $14, Tickets $20


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Permanent Exhibits
    • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up)
    • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
    • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
    • College Students with ID: $16
    • Seniors (62+): $16
    • Military (with ID): $10
    • Groups (10+): $10
    • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4
    • Members Pricing:
    • Member Adult: FREE
    • Member Child: FREE
    Permanent Exhibits Free on Thursdays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders—all for free!

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

Events at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Join the Houston Museum District

Join our mailing list for sneak peeks to upcoming events and insider information on the best museum district in the world

I'm interested in memberships