Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I hope you find mfah.org an inspiring guide to the wonderful experiences in store for you here at the Museum, and I am delighted to invite you to explore all of the exceptional exhibitions and installations on view.
This summer, prepare to be captivated by the spectacular procession of masterworks in Habsburg Splendor. Many of these extraordinary paintings, court costumes, carriages, and suits of armor have never before traveled outside of Vienna.
Bring the whole family for a delightful interaction wiith Shadow Monsters. The vast space of the Law Building's Cullinan Hall becomes a playground where visitors of all ages can create their own shadow plays enlivened by sound and animation.
The visual explorations of space and light in Cosmic Dialogues encourage you to engage with Latin American artistic innovators in new and exciting ways. For a New World to Come is a groundbreaking presentation that sheds new light on experimental artistic practices in Japan from 1968 to 1979, a period of radical societal change.
We are also pleased to share masterworks of art from the Islamic world through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement the expanded installation now on view, two dedicated galleries feature objects from the Museum’s own growing Arts of the Islamic World collection.
Stop in for a look at We Live in Mannerist Times to see how the fantastical architectural renderings of Pablo Bronstein contemplate and reimagine history. Highlights from the collection of art historian Alice C. Simkins are on view in American Modern, which surveys the brilliant innovations of artists including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella.
Works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. A Photographer’s Collection celebrates the gift to the Museum of a rich variety of images from Houston photographer Michael Marvins and his wife, Michele.
We offer a number of ways to enjoy the Museum for free. For example, the Lunch + Look program provides free same-day general admission on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. with your receipt from the on-site food truck or Cafe Express. Museum members receive free general admission every day, and Family-level memberships include the children in the household. Children 12 and younger are always admitted free, and on weekends all children receive free general admission when they show their card from any Texas public library. General admission is free for everyone on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.
For me, the Museum is a place of wonder and enlightenment, as I hope it is for you. Please visit often, and say hello when you see me in the galleries.
Gary Tinterow, Director
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
A Conversation with Gary Tinterow
Watch a series of conversations with Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the Museum, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.