American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston reveals the depth, breadth, and richness of American artistic innovation from the 18th to the mid-20th century. For the first time in MFAH history, the museum galleries present an installation that integrates the collection of American paintings and sculpture with decorative arts, Native American art, photography, and works on paper. More than 200 objects are showcased, including artworks from the collections of the two MFAH house museums: Bayou Bend and Rienzi.
The MFAH collection of American art has expanded enormously through gifts, bequests, and purchases, and many of its treasures are newly conserved. Among the recent acquisitions on view are Corrugated Building by Helen Torr and The Return of Private Davis from the Argonne by John Steuart Curry. The many other highlights include Edward Hicks’s beloved Peaceable Kingdom; Louis Comfort Tiffany’s iridescent peacock-feather Vase; the poignant marble sculpture The Last of the Tribes by Hiram Powers; Albert Bierstadt's spectacular landscape Indians Spear Fishing; Georgia O'Keeffe's masterpiece Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow; and the shimmering E. Martin Hennings painting Passing By.