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  1. 20 Mar
    Tue / 2012
    Andria Derstine in reflects on her residency... Being a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House is a magnificent experience, both professionally and personally. My project involves research and writing on 24 paintings and drawings given to the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) by the mid-20th-century art collectors Enid and Joseph Bissett, including multiple works by Dubuffet, Matisse, Modigliani, Miró, and Chagall, among others. While I expected this month to be...

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  2. 15 Mar
    Thu / 2012
    Our mayor recently dedicated the municipal library to one of Ménerbes famous residents, the writer Francois Nourissier. The event included a star-studded visit from four members of the Academie Goncourt and a lavish meal featuring truffles at La Maison de la Truffe et du Vin (Ménerbes’ house of truffles and wine). The Prix Goncourt is France’s most prestigious literary award.  The ten life-time members are writers and usually former laureates of the...

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  3. 07 Mar
    Wed / 2012
    We're just two short days away from the start of Azalea Trail, and the gardens at Rienzi are gorgeous! I popped out to the Ralph Ellis Gunn designed gardens for a bit this afternoon and photographed the beautiful white, pink, and red azaleas that are blossoming - check them out in the accompanying slideshow and join us this weekend to see them in person. Last spring, we wrote about the origins of azaleas here. This year, we want you to share your azalea photos...

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  4. 05 Mar
    Mon / 2012
    Spring is in the air because today we welcomed our first fellows of the year, Brian Chikwava and Andria Derstine to the artist’s residency program Brian Chikwava is an African writer from Zimbabwe, currently living in London and Andria Derstine is curator at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio.  For the lucky few who have been Brown Foundation Fellows in the past, you will surely remember the thrill...

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  5. 24 Feb
    Fri / 2012
    Rodeo at Rienzi, the MFAH's house museum for European decorative arts? Yes, it's true! This morning I decided to treat myself to a store-bought coffee (it is Friday, after all). Upon entering the grocery store, I immediately noticed the plethora of cowboy hats and boots. My companion reminded me that today is "Go Texan Day" (forgive me for not knowing, I'm a recent transplant!). I didn't think much of it until arriving at Rienzi where some of the longtime staff...

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  • Inside the MFAH

    “Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read blog »

  • The Gilded Dish: A Rienzi Blog

    Rienzi is the house museum and collection of European paintings and decorative arts at the MFAH. Our articles highlight elements of the collection, discuss additions and changes to the house or gardens, and review events held at Rienzi for those of you not able ... Read blog »

  • The Muse of Provence: A Blog for the Dora Maar House

    The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, provides residencies of one to three months for midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.       Read blog »

  • Through the Storm: E-Records Blog

    In 2010, the MFAH received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to plan the implementation of an electronic records archive (ERA) for preserving the museum’s permanent born-digital records. Under the grant, the MFAH Archives and Information Technology ... Read blog »