Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
Following World War II, Americans poured out of cities and into suburban housing developments on a wave of economic prosperity. The desire to own a new home on a quiet street was contagious, and by 1950 a quarter of the U.S. population lived in the suburbs. Today, more than half of all Americans do.
As the suburbs have grown, so has their place in popular culture. Movies, TV, literature, and the arts show suburbia not only as the American Dream but also as a bed of isolation, segregation, frustrated femininity, and compromised masculinity. Such complex and sometimes contradictory representations reveal the diverse experiences of people whose everyday lives diverge from the seemingly uniform neighborhoods they call home.
Navigating suburbia’s varied and evolving identities, the prints, drawings, and photographs on view in Always Greener form a rich portrait of suburban life. Suburbia’s grass may not always be greener, but it provides fertile ground for artistic exploration. Diane Arbus, Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Larry Sultan are just a few of the artists represented.
Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia—Selections from the Museum’s Collection | August 21, 2018–February 3, 2019
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
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Two Parking Garages
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- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
Events at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sep. 1 – Jan. 13, 2019
The Connoisseur’s Eye: New Perspectives on Ceramics in the Rienzi Collection
Oct. 7 – Jan. 27, 2019
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol
Sep. 12 – Feb. 24, 2019
A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Nov. 2 – Mar. 24, 2019
Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Dec. 8 – Jun. 9, 2019
Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Dec. 8 – Dec. 29, 2018
Members Tour “Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow”
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20, 2018
Programs & Activities
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend with Santa and his reindeer
Dec. 10 – Jan. 14, 2019
Exclusive Tour “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol”
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