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  1. 29 May
    Thu / 2014
    A Warwick vase by Paul Storr joined Rienzi’s collection in 2010. Curious about the provenance of this work, I began by simply researching the name of the individual the vase was made for, Sir David Ochterlony, and I was quite surprised by what I found!

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  2. 23 Apr
    Wed / 2014
    This summer, the Museum’s Cullinan Hall is teeming with 24,000 hand-painted PVC strands, each two stories high, filling 2,600 square feet of gallery space. And you are invited to walk right into them. Not sure what to expect when you enter the Museum and see the Houston Penetrable, a monumental installation eight years in the making? Here’s a quick rundown. What is the Houston Penetrable? The completed installation consists of thousands of strands suspended from a grid...

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  3. 19 Feb
    Wed / 2014
    California artist Clayton Bailey (born 1939) has devoted his career to comedy, science, and pseudoscience through the medium of ceramics. His 1977 work Monster (“Burping Bowl”), on view in Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, is a cross between a pond-dwelling sci-fi monster and the childhood nightmare of someone living in the toilet bowl. A head rests in a bowl of water, and air is pumped...

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  4. 16 Jan
    Thu / 2014
    Right now the Dora Maar house is empty, the garden trimmed, library back in order, kitchen cleaned, shutters closed. But in my memory I can still see Marie’s brightly painted silks hanging from the stairwell, or how Kathy turned the downstairs gallery into a giant pinhole camera. I can still hear Pola singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” . . .

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  5. 14 Nov
    Thu / 2013
    One of the centerpieces of "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World" is "Watson and the Shark," the sensational painting that earned artist John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) election to the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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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 »