Friday Morning Fine Arts

This lovely image was taken sometime in the ’70s, but I don’t know where:

Bass players by window nd 70s slide collection


I found this one at the end of the contact sheet that featured Vladimir Putin’s arrival on campus in 2001. It surely must have been in the gallery:

Putin end of roll 2

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11 Responses to Friday Morning Fine Arts

  1. Mike Benza says:

    The first picture reminds me a lot of Hamman Hall. The brick floor, the vertical aluminum things on the windows, and the the brick/concrete wall are all design elements in Hamman Hall. Though I don’t recognize that as any part of Hamman Hall. And I spent a lot of time there.

  2. I know this picture well. This is one of a group of pictures which was taken for the opening of the Shepherd School in 1975. The bearded gentleman is my and my wife’s bass teacher and mentor, Paul Ellison, who I believe is the longest serving Shepherd School faculty member. He’s still here. The student is David Malone, who is acting principal double bass of the Houston Symphony. He’s been a member of the Symphony for over thirty years. The bass studio in Hamman Hall was in the basement so it was common for Paul to have lessons in the stair landing near the men’s room, and that’s where this is. It was very, very much more resonant than the low-ceilinged studio. In 1975 I came to Rice to have a bass lesson with Paul (I was in junior high at the time) and I missed one of those steps going down to the basement carrying my bass. That was very nearly the end of my nascent musical career, but fortunately no instruments or musicians were harmed.

    Is this Marty week at the Rice History Corner? 😉

  3. Mike Benza says:


    If this is the way down to the basement, then I think the photo is reversed? If so, the photo is taken from the top of the basement steps (on the Mudd side of Hamman) facing the front inner wall of Hamman, then the windows ought to be on the left and the railing on the right. That would be why I didn’t recognize it.

    • marmer01 says:

      Doh! Of course the photo is reversed; their hands are backwards. And I, as a bass player, should’ve caught that because I’ve seen this picture many times. (And had lessons in that stairwell.) Good catch, Mike!

  4. almadenmike says:

    Could the art gallery photo be of Liga Pang’s Ikasu installation at the Rice Gallery (Nov 9 – Dec 9, 2001)? ( ? Putin’s visit was on Nov. 14, 2001.

  5. marmer01 says:

    Melissa, if you have been to events at Hamman Hall, you probably went upstairs, not down. Downstairs is just Rice Players offices and rehearsal rooms since the Shepherd School moved out in 1990.

  6. Rachel says:

    Rob and I met at Hamman Hall. We think it’s actually the lower lobby, tucked behind the stairs going up to the upper lobby.

  7. Pat Martin says:

    That’s the way David Malone still looks in my mind–he was a student at Sid Rich when Bill and I were masters there, 1976-81. He was already a superb bass player then.

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