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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas


Amateur writer, pianist, denizen of Houston and part-time GLBT activist

Two major reasons why the LGBT community loves to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas (MFAH), aside from its fabulous exhibits, is its distinguished director, Gary Tinterow, and its proximity to the robust Houston GLBT Community Center.


More about Gary Tinterow and MFAH


Gary Tinterow took over as director of MFAH in January 2012. A Harvard graduate who was formerly a curator for years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tinterow is one of a few gay directors who head a United States museum. He plans to finalize the contemporary new art building adjacent to the Cullen Scripture Garden and the Glassell School of Art, and attract the most impressive art exhibits to the museum.


Current MFAH Exhibits


There are amazing exhibits happening at MFAH that you won’t want to miss. The work of top artists is on display with a chance to view some pieces that have rarely been shown.


April 15 to July 8, 2012 – Drawings by Rembrandt, His Students and Circle, in the Beck Building, features a drawing from the private collections of Rembrandt. Many have never been published or exhibited so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


April 22 to August 5, 2012 – Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from Malba – Fundación Costantini, also in the Beck Building, is part of an exchange between MFAH and the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Paintings from some of the region’s finest artists are on display including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Wifredo Lam.


June 3 to September 3, 2012 – Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London, in the Beck Building, showcases 48 masterpiece paintings from the Iveagh Bequest collection.


June 10 to September 23, 2012 – Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art, in the Law Building, shows some of the earliest works of Buddhist art in Japan, and features fantastic sculptures, scroll paintings, lacquer objects, calligraphy, sketches and screens.


MFAH Places of Interest


Other places of interest with rotating exhibits at MFAH you should not miss include:


  • The Caroline Wiess Law Building and Audrey Jones Beck Building on the Main Campus also feature a cafe, shop, library, theater and the Kinder Foundation Education Center;
  • The Glassell School of Art offers classes, workshops and a residency program for postgraduates;
  • The Cullen Scripture Garden is a stunning urban oasis done by Isamu Noguchi with contemporary and modern sculpture by greats such as Matisse;
  • The Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens is the former home of Ima Hogg and features organic gardens, an education center, a tour and retail items;
  • Rienzi is the museum of European decorative arts with gardens, collections, tours, social events, music and family-friendly fun;
  • The Works on Paper Study Center in the Beck Building features photos, drawings and prints that can be viewed by appointment.

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