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Private Tours “Picasso Black and White” Behind Closed Doors

Monday, Apr 29, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Beck Building
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

Private Tours of the Exhibition, Guided by Art Scholars
Experience Picasso Black and White in the most insightful and illuminating way possible—by immersing yourself in a series of private tours with art specialists (April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13). These intimate tours are led by art historians who share their expansive knowledge of Pablo Picasso through the remarkable works on view in the exhibition. The one-hour tours take place on Monday afternoons, when the Museum is closed to the public. Tours may be reserved individually, or experienced as a series. This unique opportunity is not to be missed. As a courtesy to all guests, please turn off and put away cell phones and other electronic devices during these tours.

Exhibition Catalogue 
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Picasso’s Sculpture
Tour led by Anna Tahinci, instructor of art history at the Glassell School of Art and affiliate professor of art history at the University of Houston
Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Through constant experimentation, Picasso opened up new directions in modern sculpture. Maintaining an ongoing dialogue between his two- and three-dimensional artworks, he tested the limits of planar and sculpted form. On this tour, Anna Tahinci focuses on Picasso's superb sense of visual play, from his pioneering contributions to the language of Cubism to his successful resolution of both painting and sculpture in the cutout figures that crowned his career. 

Picasso’s Women
Tour led by Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH
Monday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Muse, mistress, scorned lover, wife, and mother—these are just a few of the guises assumed by women in Picasso’s art. Picasso drew inspiration from the women he loved, and we cannot conceive of his great masterpieces without them. Gary Tinterow takes visitors on an insightful tour of the many guises and roles of the extraordinary women portrayed in the exhibition, among them Fernande Olivier, Olga Kokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter,  Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, “Sylvette,” and Jacqueline Roque.

Picasso in His Studio
Tour led by David Bomford, director of conservation at the MFAH
Monday, May 13, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Picasso was constantly reimagining his art, both in terms of style and in the materials and techniques he used. On this tour, David Bomford delves beneath the surface of some of the masterpieces in the exhibition and discusses the extraordinary, inventive, restless genius of the artist at work. 

Tours may be purchased individually, or at a discounted rate if purchased together by phone at 713.639.7771. Capacity is limited; advance tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

General Public
$50 per tour

MFAH Members
$40 per tour