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  1. 14 Nov
    Mon / 2011
    If you have visited Rienzi to see English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century, you have probably noticed a dish on the table vaguely resembling green beans. Rienzi’s docents often receive the question, “what’s that?” accompanied by an index finger aimed at the mass of unfamiliar green vegetation. The answer to the common query is samphire. What, you might ask, is samphire? Samphire, officially Crithmum maritimum but also known as crest...

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  2. 07 Nov
    Mon / 2011
    This month we have been reading the third book in Rienzi and Bayou Bend’s History Reading Series, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking by Kate Colquhoun. We thought it would be appropriate to have a British culinary-themed text to celebrate Rienzi’s current exhibition, English Taste. This book provides some supplementary information on some of Mrs. Rafflad’s dishes that grace Rienzi’s Dining Room table, including dishes that are the most puzzling...

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  3. 03 Nov
    Thu / 2011
    Back in January of 2010, the news that the National Historical Publications and Records Commission would fund the MFAH’s two-year Electronic Records Archives (ERA) planning grant was met with elation by the project team, which originally consisted of the chief technology officer, the director of information technology, the records manager, and  myself, the Archives director. (A third I.T. staffer was added last spring to assist in the painstaking process of paring down the National Archives...

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  4. 03 Nov
    Thu / 2011
    In January of 2010, the MFAH Archives received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to study and plan the implementation of a trustworthy electronic records archive over a two-year period. The objective of the grant is to extend the archival function of preserving the museum’s permanent records into the electronic realm, since, after all, that is how records are created these days. Two years seemed a luxurious amount of time back...

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  5. 24 Oct
    Mon / 2011
    On Sunday afternoon, four members of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra- Timothy Hester,(Fortepiano), Oleg Sulyga (Violin), Rene Salazar (Viola), and Barrett Sills (Cello)- will perform Mozart’s Piano Quartets in Rienzi’s Gallery Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is probably one of the most well known Classical music composers. Born in 1856 to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart, young Wolfgang was taught violin and keyboard by his father, a composer and music teacher. An...

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

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    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 »

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    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 »