The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Art and Shi’ism: Definitions, Evidence, and Challenges

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 – Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

06:00 PM – 07:00 PM


Presented by Francesca Leoni, assistant keeper and curator of Islamic art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, England

Drawing on recent research about occult sciences and associated material culture, the lecture “Art and Shi’ism: Definitions, Evidence, and Challenges” offers a journey through Shi’i art.

This is the inaugural lecture in the newly endowed “Syed Safdar and Samina Kazimi Lecture in Shi`i Studies” presented by the School of Humanities, Rice University.

About the Speaker

Francesca Leoni, the assistant keeper and curator of Islamic art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, was previously curator of art of the Islamic worlds at the MFAH. She has held curatorial and research posts at Rice University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Drop in! Admission is free.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • 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.
  • General Admission

    • 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.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • 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.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

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.

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