Summer Series

5 Exhibits to See at The Museum of Fine Arts This Summer

Best way to beat the Houston heat? Explore one of these cool, awe-inspiring collections.

By Kyndall Krist July 5, 2016

Kusama: At the End of the Universe

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Artist Yayoi Kusama’s contemporary art environments transport museum-goers to an entirely different world. The first room, Love is Calling, is filled with neon, tentacle-like installations that reach out in every direction, accompanied by a recording of Kusama reading a love poem in Japanese. The second room, Aftermath of Obliteration of Infinity, puts viewers on a platform surrounded by water and countless hanging lights, which conjures the feeling of being lost in space. The walls and ceilings of each of these environments are covered with mirrors, giving the small space an infinite feeling and a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter

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Franz Xaver Winterhalter is famous for his grand portraits of 19th century European aristocracy, and this exhibit features 45 of his paintings along with authentic examples of dresses and other sought-after fashions of the time. Visitors will be immediately impressed with the scale of many of the portraits, the near-photographic quality of painted details and the large, exquisite gold frames that look like they belong in a royal palace.

Selections from the Museum’s Collection: Post-War Painting and Sculpture

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This exhibit displays works of various media, from unique installations to canvas paintings, featuring artists active between the 1960s and 1990s in New York and Paris. The collection includes several well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Sylvia Mangold and more. Through these works of art, visitors can explore iconic examples of post-war art movements like Pop Art, Color Field and Hard-Edge painting and Nouveau Réalisme.  

Look to the East: Decorative Arts and Orientalism, 1870-1920

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Take a journey through the cultures of North Africa, India, China, Japan and the Middle East and learn about their impact on Western artists and designers throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries. More than 40 diverse items are on display, including Chinese-inspired bamboo furniture, Japonisme silver, Indian “Paisley” shawls and other exotic objects and materials. 

Infinite Pause: Photography and Time

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Diving into photographic history and techniques, this exhibit focuses on a photograph’s unique ability to capture motion while pausing time and space with one click of a camera. Nearly 50 images are on display in three sections. The first component focuses on the medium’s potential for providing visual record and immortality, the second on freezing time with instantaneous flash and the sequential unfolding of movement and the third explores movement and density of light. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. $13—18. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. 

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