“Conversations with the Director”
David, Marquess of Cholmondeley, with Gary Tinterow
Thursday, June 19
Conversation at 7:30 p.m.
The program will be followed by a reception in the Beck Lobby for all ticket holders.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Brown Auditorium, Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
About the Conversation
On Thursday evening, June 19, MFAH Director Gary Tinterow brings back Conversations with the Director, a program series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, that brings an eclectic mix of cultural figures to the Museum’s Brown Auditorium three times a year. Tinterow will sit down with the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley to discuss the fascinating life of his family home, Houghton Hall—one of England’s greatest stately homes—in anticipation of the Museum’s exhibition Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, on view from June 22 through September 21.
The house was built and furnished in the 1720s and 1730s by Sir Robert Walpole, prime minister to George I and George II, and it was brought back to life 200 years later by Lord Cholmondeley’s grandmother, Sybil Sassoon, who restored it for her guests who included John Singer Sargent, Charlie Chaplin and Arturo Toscanini.
Tickets for the Conversations with the Director series are $15 for students, $25 for MFAH members and $35 for the general public. Tickets are on sale now and available on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be ordered online; by phone at 713.639.7771; or at any MFAH admissions desk.
More about Lord David Cholmondeley
An independent filmmaker, the Marquess of Cholmondeley has looked after Houghton Hall since the death of his father, in 1990. Since then he has increased public access to the house, built in the 1720s for Sir Robert Walpole, England’s first prime minister. He has also broadened awareness of the family’s renowned holdings, which span three centuries of collecting and also feature works by James Turrell and Richard Long, among many others, in a contemporary-sculpture park on the grounds of the estate.
Nick Esquer, MFAH publicist, programs
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