… the Houston Chronicle does a handsome job of displaying its arts-related videos — putting them in one spot on the site, giving them sizable windows so you can get some sense of what the subject looks like before you take a chance and dive in, decent caption-explanations, etc. It takes several clicks to get to “Arts in Houston,” but the entire layout is much easier to find, choose from and use than the way the Dallas Morning News or Star-Telegram handles its arts videos. That’s not to say there isn’t good work at the S-T or DaMN (Tom Fox/Ahna Hubnik did a nice job on the Theater Center’s In the Beginning, for instance). Or that Douglass Britt’s work is wonderful (the piece on painter Wendy Wagner is pretty hard on the ears — not just from the crowd noise, her voice will make you rip your headphones off).
But this behind-the-scenes video about restoring a pair of classic, 17th century Japenese screens may not be as eye-popping as Google Earth Visits Prado. But it’s very quiet and nicely detailed; you can practically feel the different tissue papers used for backing. Apparently, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston exhibition even has an interactive video which chronicles the nine months of restoration work at the Kyushu National Museum.