contemporary@mfah


contemporary@mfah highlights and celebrates the vital role of contemporary art in the Museum’s programs through one-on-one dialogues with curators and artists, tours of private collections, exclusive exhibition viewings, and studio visits. Members also have the opportunity to learn about best practices in collecting with an emphasis on how to acquire and maintain the art of our time. Membership dues create a permanent legacy, having made it possible to bring landmark works into the MFAH collections, including Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Abakan Rouge III, Spencer Finch’s Moon Dust, Rick Lowe’s Untitled, and Betye Saar’s Weight of Persistent Racism, all prominently featured in the inaugural installations of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.

Past program highlights include:

  • Private viewing of the landmark exhibition of contemporary Cuban art Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art, 1959–2015
  • Conversation and exclusive reception with Mohammed Afkhami on collecting and the exhibition Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians—The Mohammed Afkhami Collection
  • Evening reception at the home of one of Houston’s most esteemed architects, distinguished by a global view of contemporary art and design

Parking in the Museum’s garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.

Levels

  • Founder $10,000 over five years ($2,000 per year)*
    $10000 FMV: $350

    *By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the modern and contemporary art department with a $10,000 pledge over five years, $2,000 per year, with the initial $2,000 donation due today.

    Members enjoy:

    • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

    Plus:

    • First priority for contemporary@mfah trips
    • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
    • Private curator consultation by appointment
    • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule
  • Benefactor
    $2500 FMV: $350

    Members enjoy:

    • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

    Plus:

    • Second priority for contemporary@mfah trips
  • Patron
    $1000 FMV: $350

    Members enjoy:

    • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs
  • Young Patron (40 and younger)
    $300 FMV: $175

    Membership for one individual.

    Members enjoy:

    • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs