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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Degas: Passion for Perfection from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
US/Central

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Edgar Degas, In a Café, 1875–76, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Degas: Passion for Perfection takes you from a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, to the streets of Paris. With exclusive access to rare works, the film tells the fascinating story of Edgar Degas’s pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learned from studying the past masters.

Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas (1834–1917) was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eyesight, but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, Degas kept many of his drawings and sculptures in private during his lifetime. But now, through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era.

Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and readings of letters written by Degas, this film reveals a more-complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’s artistic mind.

Following the January 12 screening, stick around for a gallery concert by Carlos Lopez and John Cornelius II. The performance is free with Museum admission!

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

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.
  • 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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