This “Art Encounters” session invites you to take part in a collaborative sculpture project inspired by the exhibition Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection.

Just as Italy’s Radical Design Movement viewed objects as carriers of messages rather than commercial goods, tonight’s artist, Cary Fagan, believes there is much more to a chair than its function. Fagan is known for stacking chairs and documenting the sculptural outcome.

At tonight’s event, see his process—and act as a collaborator by creating small-scale sculptures using miniature chairs. 

► More on the MFAH Blog 
Chairs Are People If You Think About It: Q&A with Cary Fagan

About the Artist
Cary Fagan is a Houston-based photographer and filmmaker. His project “Chairs Are People” uses chairs for experimentation and documentation. “The art of stacking chairs is a visual representation of how I see a community. Stacking chairs challenges the mind to view chairs from an abstract point of view.”

Drop in! This program is free. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


“Art Encounters” receives generous support from Learning Ninjas.

MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from:
Jerold B. Katz Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
H-E-B
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon G. Dies
Sterling-Turner Foundation
Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Susan Vaughan Foundation
CFP Foundation
Joe Barnhart Foundation
Cockrell Family Fund
Ann and John Bookout
Tilman Fertitta Family
Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone
William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust
Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Learning Ninjas
Texas Commission on the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III
Humanities Texas
Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mary Lynn and Steve Marks
John L. Nau III
Strake Foundation
The Summerlee Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler
Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Polly and Murry Bowden
Nancy and James Gordon
Lubrizol Foundation
The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation
and additional generous donors

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.