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  1. 18 Jul
    Mon / 2011
      Yesterday‘s Family Art Workshop at Rienzi celebrated the Caroline A. Ross collection of portrait miniatures. Comprised of 146 European and American miniatures made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Caroline A. Ross collection delights and fascinates visitors of all ages (some of my favorites are included in the slideshow!). At the Family Art Workshop, families learned about portrait miniatures from instructor Judy Malone-Stein and had the opportunity to create their own tokens of love. Portrait...

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  2. 08 Jul
    Fri / 2011
    The opening of a photography exhibition has been turning heads at the MFAH in recent days.  Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes will be on view through the end of September, featuring images from the famed fashion photographer’s first three books. While there are no satellite exhibitions planned for Rienzi, and I can’t speak for any sleepless nights at the house, we are home to a few White Women, Big Nudes… Rienzi houses two...

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  3. 07 Jul
    Thu / 2011
    If you step into the Breakfast Room at Rienzi you might come across two guests of the house – Sir Francis and Lady Dashwood have been residing along the far wall for the past few months. Sir Francis and Lady Dashwood at West Wycomb Park, by Nathaniel Dance from 1776, is part of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Collection managed by the MFAH, and is on temporary loan to Rienzi.  We are lucky to host such a prominent...

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  4. 01 Jul
    Fri / 2011
    One of the challenges in designing the interior of Rienzi’s foyer has been that the room is asymmetrical, with sharp bend midway down the hall.  In order to preserve the look of an eighteenth century room, we sought to create a balanced the hallway featuring furniture and paintings from the Neoclassical era.    The foyer has traditionally featured a pair of gilded pier tables, one of the best examples of Neoclassical design in Rienzi’s collection. Just as...

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  5. 27 Jun
    Mon / 2011
    Rienzi’s foyer has been a subject on the minds of the curatorial department for much of this year, with several renovations underway since January. Filled with natural sunlight from the motor court, the room creates a lovely entryway for Rienzi’s guests -- but up until recently it has been quite unwelcoming to its artwork. Balancing the two has been something of a challenge for us. The passageway we refer to as the foyer, was part of the 1972...

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