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100 Highlights
of the MFAH
Take a tour through some of the most significant objects in the MFAH collections. On these pages, you can browse 100 highlights from collections throughout the institution. Then visit the Museum in person to discover your own favorites.
British, born 1944
Acrylic, PVC, found objects, and polystyrene foam

8 ½ x 8 ½ x 2 ½ inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of the Morgan Foundation

Arts of Europe

Peter Chang’s enigmatic jewelry both attracts and repels with its vibrant, clashing colors, psychedelic patterns, and largeness of scale. Chang achieves unbelievable gradations of color in his works, as seen in this fiery orange and red bracelet that also demonstrates his use of found objects. Their oddball shapes and colors add to the humor and wit that he imbues in all of his jewelry. 

Chang, who trained as a graphic designer and a sculptor, also worked in furniture before turning to jewelry. His preferred medium is plastic. Although society may consider plastic disposable, it is quintessentially a material of today, closely linked with progressive culture and recent social history. “It is the magical potential of materials that I find most fascinating," Chang says. "Plastics in their own right have little intrinsic value. It is the joy of exploring their qualities of malleability, creating colour and sensuality, teasing the materials to obey, exploiting all to the maximum, which gives it value to me.”