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Release Date
9.10.2013
Philanthropist and Art Collector Ronald S. Lauder Joins MFAH Director Gary Tinterow at “Conversations with the Director,” Friday, September 27

What
Conversations with the Director: Ronald S. Lauder and Gary Tinterow

When
Friday, September 27
Doors open at 7 p.m. Conversation at 7:15 p.m.
The conversation will be followed by a reception in the Beck lobby for all ticket holders.

Where
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Brown Auditorium Theater, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street

About the Conversation
In 2001, Ronald S. Lauder established the Neue Galerie in New York, the landmark museum devoted to early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design. In this conversation, Mr. Lauder will discuss his years of collecting art, from antiquities and medieval art to modern masters, as well as his passion for Austrian and German art of the early 20th century. On Sunday, September 29, Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907, an exhibition organized by the Neue Galerie, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This discussion marks the third event in the Conversations with the Director series, a public program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, that brings an eclectic mix of cultural figures to the Museum’s Brown Auditorium Theater. 

Admission
Tickets for the Conversations with the Director series are $15 for students, $25 for MFAH members and $35 for the general public. Tickets for the evening with Ronald S. Lauder will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 10. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be ordered online at mfah.org/conversations; by phone at 713.639.7771; or at any MFAH admissions desk.

More About Ronald S. Lauder
As an arts patron and noted collector, Mr. Lauder was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the museum. He also serves as President of the Neue Galerie. A former United States Ambassador to Austria under President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Lauder is Chairman and President of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which supports Jewish schools, camps and community centers in Eastern Europe. He serves as President of the World Jewish Congress, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Chairman of the National Jewish Fund.

About Louis Vuitton
This series is presented by Louis Vuitton. A symbol of elegance and style throughout the world, Louis Vuitton has cultivated a close relationship with the world of art since its founding in 1854. Consistent with the creativity and craftsmanship that have inspired the brand, Louis Vuitton is dedicated to sharing its creative passion in each community it serves.

Media Contact
Whitney Radley, Publicist, Programs / WRadley@mfah.org / 713.800.5345

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