Exhibition Openings at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Masterpiece Theater at MFAH

Phoebe Seward. Photography Jenny Antill.  |  Photos by Jenny Antill
November 18, 2013
Event Date:
September 26, 2013

Two gala evenings marked the openings of two riveting new exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, that are also scholarly masterpieces. Fin de siècle Vienna comes to life via “Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897-1907” (through January 12), which was co-organized by Neue Galerie New York and the MFAH, its only two American venues. Posh patrons marveling at Wiener Werkstätte: gallerist Hiram Butler and antiquarian Andrew Spindler-Roesle, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Neue director Renée Price, Gail and Louis Adler, and Michael Dale. Then museum-goers were transported to colonial America, as seen through the eyes of 18th-century romantics Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley. “American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World” (through January 20) is the first exhibition to explore the rivalry between the two painters. Tony supporters were welcomed by board chairman Rich Kinder, MFAH’s director Gary Tinterow, and curator Emily Ballew Neff, along with underwriters Demi and Ron Rand, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Ann Trammell, Olive Jenney, and Ann and John Bookout.