Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has contributed approximately 15,500 images from their global permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The extensive selection in Artstor offers a comprehensive view and highlights the collection, encompassing diverse curatorial areas, including ancient Egyptian sculpture, Japanese earthenware, Renaissance painting, American colonial silver, film. and contemporary design, with a notable focus on photography.
Established in 1900, the MFAH is the largest cultural institution in the southwest region and the oldest art museum in Texas, with an encyclopedic permanent collection of more than 65,000 works and a vibrant exhibitions program.
The Museum’s main campus, anchored by its original Neoclassical home designed by William Ward Watkin in 1924, is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, and currently comprises gallery buildings, two art schools, a sculpture garden, and two nearby house museums. The dynamic campus has been enhanced and enlarged by the designs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, and Rafael Moneo, with further expansions planned by Steven Holl Architects and Lake|Flato Architects.
With more than 12 curatorial areas, the diverse collections of the MFAH cover world cultures dating from antiquity to the present and include in-depth holdings of American art, European paintings, pre-Columbian and African gold, decorative arts and design, photography, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, and Latin American art. The MFAH is also home to the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), a leading research institute for 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.