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Inside the MFAH


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


  • Giacometti- Young Mother
    A Mother's Day Tour May 8, 2012
    This Mother's Day, tour the galleries of the MFAH to explore the diversity of mother-and-child representations throughout the museum's art collections. Click hereto download a handy self-guided tour. Since ancient times, the image of mother and child has appeared in art around the world. From symbols of fertility to reflections of wealth and status, the theme of mother and child has …
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    For the Love of Art April 24, 2012
    Have you ever considered becoming a docent at the MFAH? If you love art and enjoy sharing that love with others, read below for the inside scoop from two of our docents, Shari Chadderdon and Claudia Zopoaragon. Then find out more at the next open house! Click to RSVP for Wednesday, April 25 or Saturday, May 12. Q) How long have you been a docent? Shari Chadderdon: I started training in the fall of …
  • Smith- Sampler
    Sampling History: A Hidden Chapter Revealed February 16, 2012
    Bayou Bend has acquired a rare sampler, skillfully stitched by an African American girl born in 1829. Mary J. Greenfield Smith was a student at the school of the Oblate Sisters of Providence—the first Roman Catholic society for women of African descent in the United States. The Oblate sisters founded a school that embraced a curriculum similar to schools for white girls of the time: preparing …
  • Olitski- Patutszky Pleasures
    Stains, Sprays, and Splendor Fill the Canvases of Color Field Painter Jules Olitski February 15, 2012
    Color Fieldpainter Jules Olitski didn’t stay in one place very long, artistically speaking. Unlike his contemporaries—Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland—Olitski changed his artistic techniques frequently. “Olitski is unique among the Color Field painters in the rapidity of his evolution,” says Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator of contemporary art and special projects. Greene …
  • Harris- I Want You to Want Me
    New Year Reflections December 30, 2011
    The following entry is an abridged version of my introductory remarks at a recent meeting to discuss the implementation of an Electronic Records Archives system. It revisits the motivating factors for seeking the planning grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission as the MFAH enters the final months of the project, having received a no-cost extension from the commission …
  • Blagg - Nugent Mountain
    The Mountain November 3, 2011
    Back in January of 2010, the news that the National Historical Publications and Records Commission would fund the MFAH’s two-year Electronic Records Archives (ERA) planning grant was met with elation by the project team, which originally consisted of the chief technology officer, the director of information technology, the records manager, and  myself, the Archives director. (A third I.T. …
  • Courbet - The Gust of Wind
    In the Beginning November 3, 2011
    In January of 2010, the MFAH Archives received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to study and plan the implementation of a trustworthy electronic records archive over a two-year period. The objective of the grant is to extend the archival function of preserving the museum’s permanent records into the electronic realm, since, after all, that is how records …