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Inside the MFAH


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


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    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 …
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    An Incident in Bell Park August 29, 2013
    On his way to work, MFAH photographer Will Michels noticed that a bronze sculpture depicting Christopher Columbus had been tagged in several places with silver paint. The sculpture, which stands in Bell Park in the Museum District, was paid for by Houston’s Italian-American community. Columbus points to the Italian Cultural and Community Center on Milford Street. The graffiti appeared in …
  • 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 …
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    hang@MFAH: A Place for Teens June 27, 2013

    The challenge: create a cool program for teens. The result? hang@MFAH: Houston Art New Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!

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    Last Chance to See Video Art November 9, 2012
    If you haven’t already seen There is no archive in which nothing gets lost, hurry! Head over to the museum's Glassell School of Art soon, before the show closes on November 25. Sally Frater, the curator and a Core Program critical-studies resident, selected works that are fresh, so to speak—made within the past decade. The title of the exhibition comes from a phrase in the book Deep Storage …
  • Walk Away Renee
    Walk Away Renee October 31, 2012
    Filmmaker and Houston native Jonathan Caouette visits the MFAH to present his new release, Walk Away Renee, on November 3. Emilia Duno, a senior in the International Baccalaureate Film Program at Lamar High School, chatted with Caouette (born 1972), about the movie, growing up in Houston, and the local film scene. When did your interest in film begin?JC: When I was 8 years old, my grandfather, …
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    Art Beyond Sight October 23, 2012
    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is proud to be one of many cultural institutions around the world participating in this fabulous program. If you went blind tomorrow, would you still visit the art museum? If you couldn’t see art, would you still be able to have a positive art experience? The MFAH develops programming for the visually impaired as a part of Art Beyond Sight, an initiative …
  • Man on a Mission
    Man on a Mission October 16, 2012
    Brady Dial is the Austin-based producer of the inspiring documentary Man on a MissionEmilia Duno, a senior at Lamar High School in the International Baccalaureate Film Program, chatted with Dial about the movie, his opinions on private space travel, and the Houston film scene. How did you first hear about Richard Garriott and his self-financed space adventure?BD: Mike [Woolf, the director] and …
  • Art of Obs blog
    Med School Checklist: MFAH Edition September 26, 2012
    Pens and pencils? Check. Empty notebooks? Check. Mountains of flashcards? Check. Textbooks, textbooks, textbooks? Check. IV of caffeine? Check. MFAH? Check!Confused by the last item on that list? Let me explain. Could you describe what a spiral does without using anything but words? No cheating! You can’t use any hand gestures. Difficult, isn’t it? Now imagine that you are a …
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    Art for the Mind and Spirit September 7, 2012
    Anyone who knows anything about Houston knows that our city is famous for its massive, state-of-the-art Medical Center. Within the sprawling complex are so many children and families who benefit from the outreach program Art for the Mind and Spirit. The MFAH works closely with Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, the Ronald McDonald House, and Shriner’s Hospital for Childrento …