Inside the MFAH


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


  • Max the Knight at storytime
    Meet Max, the Knight at the Museum July 8, 2015
    On your summer visit, be sure to say hi to Max, our very own knight! He's here to help us celebrate Habsburg Splendor. Get to know our chivalrous visitor before you meet him in the galleries from Thursday through Sunday, or during storytime at July and August Sunday Family Zone + Studio programs. Facts on Max Full name: Max, the Knight at the Museum. Max is named after Holy Roman Emperor …
  • Penone install 189
    Lightning Strikes: Installing “Albero folgorato” August 24, 2014

    What does it take to install a 36-foot-tall, 2-ton sculpture in the heart of the Houston Museum District? Our newly acquired Albero folgorato tells the story.

  • Houston Penetrable 2
    Please Touch the Art! A “Houston Penetrable” Primer April 23, 2014
    This summer, the Museum’s Cullinan Hall is teeming with 24,000 hand-painted PVC strands, each two stories high, filling 2,600 square feet of gallery space. And you are invited to walk right into them. Not sure what to expect when you enter the Museum and see Soto: The Houston Penetrable, a monumental installation eight years in the making? Here’s a quick rundown. What is the Houston …
  • Copley- Watson and the Shark
    Diving into “Watson and the Shark” November 14, 2013
    One of the centerpieces of American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World is Watson and the Shark, the sensational painting that earned artist John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) election to the Royal Academy of Art in London. Just a few insights into this monumental work: Watson led quite a life, including a stint as the “peg-legged mayor of London.”This painting …
  • Glassell Junior School stop-motion animation three little pigs
    Telling Tales out of School October 4, 2013
    Artist and Glassell Junior School instructor Seth Mittag created this reel of stop-motion videos made by his classes over the years. I sat down with Seth to get some background on these sometimes-dark, often-funny videos and his students, who range in age from 8 to 18. “The main goals I have are to teach the kids how to make animation; to have a lot of fun; and for about an hour and 15 …
  • Twilight Epiphany
    Around Houston: Turrell in a Day July 3, 2013
    While James Turrell: The Light Insideis one of three concurrent exhibitions of Turrell’s work on view this summer across the country, the exhibition in Houston seems almost like a homecoming for an artist who has carved out several meditative spaces in this otherwise hectic city. It’s easy to make an entire day of enjoying Turrell’s work here in town, whether you’re a visitor or a …