02 Jun
Thu / 2016

  1. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    By Royal Decree: Objects Commissioned by European Monarchs

    Rienzi

    Visit Rienzi and survey the objects and paintings commissioned by kings and queens of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. This tour of the Rienzi Collection considers how and why these works of art were used by their[…]

  2. PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
    Summer Art Explorers

    Beck Building, Law Building

    From fashion and portraits to landscapes and sculptures, journey through the Museum and explore works of art from around the world this summer! Families can embark on artistic adventures with games, toys, and storybooks in[…]

  3. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    The Impressionist Revolution

    Beck Building

    Join this 45-minute, docent-led tour and explore what was so revolutionary about the paintings of the Impressionists—a revolution that continues to be felt to the present day.

  4. PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
    Happy Hour Thursdays

    Beck Building

    Bring your friends to a museum-style happy hour on Thursday, when general admission is free and the MFAH is open late! Enjoy music, drinks from the bar, and bites at the evening’s food truck.

  5. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    Art Bite “High Art/Low Art”

    Beck Building

    Until the 19th century, Western paintings and painters were strictly classified by type, according to a “hierarchy of the genres.” This well-established doctrine declared that the paintings of histories—stories from the Bible, from ancient history,[…]

  6. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    Art Bite “The Impressionist Revolution”

    Beck Building

    From the perspective of 2016, it’s almost impossible to imagine why the paintings created by the artists we call the Impressionists were so universally ridiculed and feared in late-19th-century France. Between 1874 and 1886, they[…]

  7. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    Art Bite “Timeless Symbols in Art”

    Beck Building

    Explore a selection of artistic symbols and their meanings in different cultures and times on this 20-minute Art Bite Tour. Art Bite tours are a series of lively, 20-minute gallery tours that feature one or[…]

03 Jun
Fri / 2016

  1. PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
    Little Artists

    Beck Building

    Children ages 3 to 5 learn how selected works of art in the Museum galleries were created. This program includes a tour with an educator, an art-making project, a storybook circle, and multi-sensory play.

  2. GALLERY TALKS/TOURS
    “High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter”

    Law Building

    Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), born and trained in Germany, settled in Paris in 1834 and served as court painter to King Louis-Philippe. Executing more than 140 commissions for the French court, Winterhalter gained such acclaim[…]

  3. FILMS
    Shadows

    Law Building

    Maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes’s directorial debut presented a raw slice of Beat-era bohemia. Shot on 16mm in Manhattan with a nonprofessional cast and crew, Shadows centers on struggling singer Hugh, his brooding brother Benny, and[…]

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