As the museum’s publisher, the MFAH Publications Department has put Houston on the map as a global center for important research and scholarship. The art books that bear the MFAH imprint earn numerous distinctions as groundbreaking, often definitive, scholarly publications.
Through publishing, the MFAH places the best of its art collections in the mainstream of art-historical education; gives voice to intellectually engaging authors; builds a community of readers who cherish impeccably produced art books; and furthers the museum’s mission by expanding the institution’s reach beyond its walls.
Highlights of MFAH Research
All MFAH publications are rooted in the activities of the museum’s curators. Whether they are preparing for an exhibition or exploring an aspect of the MFAH’s rich permanent collection, our curators are always discovering new ways to look at artists, works, styles, and cultural traditions.
The publications department also works closely with the International Center for the Arts of the Americas to present new findings about Latin, Central, and South American art. Past projects have included Building on a Construct: The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2009) and Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color (2007). The publications department and the ICAA are currently working on a massive scholarly resource: Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. Click here for more information about the ICAA.