Walter Hopps was the founding director of Houston's Menil Collection. He changed the way many museums approach displaying their own collections as well as the role of the curator as an advocate for artists.
Originally from Los Angeles, Hopps came here and elevated Houston's reputation as an art destination.
To celebrate his legacy, the Menil Collection recently opened an exhibit called The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps, which features art from the man's own collection, as well as significant works from the Menil Collection. A local brewery has even created a beer named for Hopps.
In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Troy Schulze talks with the exhibit's curator, Clare Elliott.