Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston, TX


(above: Bissonnet Entrance View, Caroline Wiess Law Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014)


Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

Alice Neel: Painted Truths (4/2/10)

Sargent and the Sea (3/12/10)

The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890-1950 (10/20/06)

Bierstadt to O´Keeffe: Highlights from the Stark Museum of Art (10/20/06)

Notes from a Child's Odyssey: The Art of Kermit Oliver (1/5/05)

George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (9/13/04)

Taos Modern: Paintings by Herbert Dunton from the Stark Museum of Art, Orange (7/14/04)

African-American Art from the MFAH Collection (2/12/04)

Ruben Ortiz Torres - The Texas Leaguer Turns Baseball on Its Bobble-Head at the Glassell School of Art (12/22/03)

American Vision: Photographers from the East, Selections from the Manfred Heiting Collection purchased by The Brown Foundation for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; American Vision: Photographers from the West, Selections from the Manfred Heiting Collection purchased by The Brown Foundation for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (12/22/03)

Dual Exhibitions Explore American Landscapes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (9/25/03


Cassatt and Duncanson Paintings Acquired by MFAH (2/11/02)

Paintings of Native America from the Stark Museum of Art (12/03/01)

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore (6/18/01)

American Spectrum: Paintings and Sculpture from the Smith College Museum of Art (2/16/01)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Acquires The Last of the Tribes by Celebrated American Sculptor Hiram Powers (1/13/01)


The Pictures of Texas Monthly: Twenty-five Years (10/13/00)

Crossing State Lines: Texas Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (9/24/00)

American Watercolors (3/21/00)

Irving Penn, A Career in Photography (3/13/00)


Internet Virtual Tour of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Showcases Garden, Rooms and Yuletide Decorations (12/19/99)

Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists (6/8/99)

"American Art on Display" at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (3/31/99)

Major Expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Moves Forward with the Construction of the Audrey Jones Beck Building (3/10/99)

John Singer Sargent in Houston Collections (9/21/98)

Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (9/21/98)

Acquisition of Paintings by William Merritt Chase and Charles Willson Peale Enriches American Holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (8/2/98)


MFAH Collections

Founded in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH numbers nearly 60,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present. Featured are the finest artistic examples of the major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa. Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionist works, photographs, American and European decorative arts, African and Pre-Columbian gold, American art, and European and American paintings and sculpture from post-1945 are particularly strong holdings. Recent additions to the collections include Rembrandt van Rijn's Portrait of a Young Woman (1633), the Heiting Collection of Photography, a major suite of Gerhard Richter paintings, an array of important works by Jasper Johns, a rare, second-century Hellenistic bronze Head of Poseidon/Antigonos Doson, major canvases by 19th-century painters Gustave Courbet and J.M.W. Turner, Albert Bierstadt's Indians Spear Fishing (1862), distinguished work by the leading 20th- and 21st-century Latin American artists, and The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art.


MFAH Campus

The MFAH collections are presented in six locations that make up the institutional complex. Together, these facilities provide a total of 300,000 square feet of space dedicated to the display of art. The MFAH comprises:

Two major museum buildings: the Caroline Wiess Law Building, designed by Mies van der Rohe, and the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo

Two facilities for the Glassell School of Art: one with studio spaces for children and another with studio spaces for adults

Two house museums that exhibit decorative arts: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens features American works, Rienzi features European works

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, created by Isamu Noguchi

The Caroline Wiess Law Building is located at 1001 Bissonnet between Montrose and Main streets. The Audrey Jones Beck Building is located at 5601 Main Street.

Please call the museum for hours and admission fees.


(above: Entrance to Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014. Tickets to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens are available in this building)


(above: Entrance Sign for Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014.)


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