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  • Marieschi- View of the Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute
    February 12, 2013 - Lost Treasure of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Restored by Venetian Heritage Inc.
    When Nazis invaded Italy in September 1943, two elderly Jewish religious leaders responded to the disastrous news by hiding a cache of 17th- to 20th-century silver and bronze liturgical works in a secret hiding place within a Venetian synagogue. The treasures remained untouched for more than 60 years, until they were accidentally discovered. Lost Treasure of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Restored …
  • Bacerra- Platter
    January 30, 2013 - Three Decades of West Coast Ceramics, 1956–1986
    On View February 23–June 30, 2013 OverviewThe years between 1956 and 1986 witnessed a fundamental shift in American ceramics, one that took place mainly on the West Coast in California and Washington. Freed from the constraints of making functional objects, ceramics artists began experimenting with abstract and figural forms, radical building techniques and surface treatments. The …
  • Callot- The Caprices
    January 8, 2013 - Princes & Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot
    On View January 31–May 12, 2013 OverviewJacques Callot (1592–1635), one of the most accomplished printmakers in the history of European art, created more than 1,400 prints that provide a glimpse into 17th-century Europe. Callot’s etchings reveal his fascination with a broad range of subjects, from courtly pageants and theatrical comedies to the atrocities of war; from saints and nobles to …
  • Picasso- Woman with Outstretched Arms
    December 20, 2012 - “Picasso Black and White” Opens February 24 at the MFAH
    The MFAH is the exclusive venue following the show’s landmark premiere at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Major Exhibition Offers Unprecedented Examination of Picasso’s Black-and-White Palette Houston—December 2012—Picasso Black and White,the first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his career, will be presented at …
  • Monir Farmanfarmaian Installation in Cullinan Hall
    December 6, 2012 - Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Convertibles and Polygons
    On View November 21, 2012–January 27, 2013 Overview The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, honors one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists with a special installation: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Convertibles and Polygons.Farmanfarmaian’s mirrored mosaics represent a tradition that stretches back to 16th-century Iran. The installation is part of the museum’s larger program of global …
  • Farocki- In Comparison C
    November 30, 2012 - Harun Farocki: Art/Work and the Invisible Hand
    On View December 14, 2012–February 24, 2013 Overview Harun Farocki: Art/Work and the Invisible Handexplores the impact of automation on various forms of human interaction—work, culture, war—in the art of Harun Farocki. The exhibition consists of a video installation (a two-channel video and a single-channel video) that investigates the implications of the increasing autonomy of machines. …
  • Gibbs- Arlington [Second Small]
    November 5, 2012 - Ewan Gibbs: Arlington National Cemetery
    On View November 11, 2012–February 10, 2013 OverviewThis exhibition of drawings and photographs opens on Veterans Day and recognizes the impact of a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. British artist Ewan Gibbs (born 1973) trained his expert eye on the iconic site to create a series of 16 drawings based on photographs taken during previous visits. The exhibition also presents 36 …
  • al Sabah- Tile
    November 2, 2012 - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Opens “Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait”

    The privately held al-Sabah Collection, one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world, will place some 60 objects on long-term loan in a dedicated gallery at the MFAH.

  • Nachtwey- He bathes the feet of an AIDS patient from the series Father Mike
    October 8, 2012 - W. Eugene Smith and James Nachtwey
    On View October 14, 2012–January 1, 2013 OverviewW. Eugene Smith and James Nachtwey are known for making some of the most powerful photographs in the history of journalism. Born 30 years apart, each pushed the boundaries of their profession in substantial ways that reflect different eras of magazine publishing: Smith the heyday of printed picture magazines and Nachtwey the burgeoning digital …
  • Henry Ossawa Tanner- The Resurrection of Lazarus
    September 28, 2012 - MFAH Presents the Portraits, Landscapes and Biblical Paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner
    Traveling retrospective has spurred renewed appreciation of Tanner’s career Houston—September 2012—A major exhibition of the work of African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937) concludes its national tour at the MFAH. The son of a former slave, Tanner trained in Philadelphia under Thomas Eakins and went on to achieve international success. On view from October 21, 2012, through January …