The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

ArtSmart Lecture

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 – Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art

In the late 17th century in the hills outside Kyoto, aristocratic painters began to experiment with a new style that incorporated natural motifs in lush, decorative arrangements with lavish pigments like malachite, lapis, and gold. Over the next 300 years, the Rinpa School, as the style was eventually known, became one of the most beloved and well-known styles of Japanese painting.

This talk examines the evolution of the style as it spread from Kyoto to Tokyo and Osaka, with a special emphasis on the significance of flowers and iwa-enogu, or glittering and luxurious “stone paints.”

Exclusive to MFAH members at the Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor level, as well as Leadership Circle donors.Invitations are mailed to eligible members. RSVP by February 13, acceptances only, to hmirza@mfah.org or 713.353.1599.

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► 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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