Inside the MFAH


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


  • Lonely Are the Brave
    Celebrate Kirk Douglas’s Centennial with MFAH Films! December 7, 2016
    Happy birthday to legendary actor Kirk Douglas, who turns 100 on December 9! To celebrate his centennial, we’re screening Lonely Are the Brave, a 1962 Western he cites as one of his personal favorites. Here’s a nice bit of trivia: This movie had its world premiere at a theater in Houston! With a screenplay adapted by legendary writer Dalton Trumbo—a friend Douglas had just collaborated with …
  • Bosch blog post - Marian Luntz & Jim Clifton
    Behind the Scenes with Bosch: Curators in Conversation November 28, 2016
    Five hundred years after his death, Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1450­–1516) still inspires viewers with fantastical paintings that were the subject of a recent exhibition in his hometown of 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. A new documentary on the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil”—which screens at the MFAH on December 3 & 4—relates to a painting on view in the MFAH galleries: “ …
  • Journey through the Egyptian Afterlife with Matthew Barney’s “River of Fundament” September 1, 2016

    I was thrilled when MFAH film curator Marian Luntz e-mailed me about working with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to share Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament with Houston audiences. This is a film that must be watched in a theater where one’s attention is controlled, because the two things one hears first about it are that it is very long and very demanding.

  • MFAH Films blog - Ralph Kaethner, 35mm projector
    MFAH Films Keeps the Light Alive August 2, 2016

    Ralph Kaethner has served as a projectionist at the MFAH for more than three decades. The Dying of the Light, a documentary we’re screening August 14 and 18, focuses on the displacement of 35mm by digital cinema. I spoke with Ralph about these changes.