Led by Kanitra Fletcher, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art 

Although Jack Whitten has long been celebrated for his work as an innovative abstract painter, Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 is the first major exhibition dedicated to sculptures by the renowned artist. This presentation showcases an extensive and entirely unknown body of work: the sculptures Whitten (1939–2018) created in Greece, along with a selection of his paintings.

Made from a diverse spectrum of materials, including wood, marble, copper, bone, fishing wire, and personal mementos, the sculptures progress from anthropomorphic forms; to reliquaries and works that commemorate places, animal life, and individuals; to symbols of power and references to technology.

This engaging tour explores how Whitten’s sculptures merge widely disparate cultural symbols into highly personal and innovative forms, and their direct influence on the artist’s paintings.   

Free with Museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the Law Building.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Ann and John Bookout; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; John L. Nau III; the Summerlee Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; The Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; and the Lubrizol Foundation.

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.