The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Design Workshop: Mosaic Monoliths

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019 – Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019

02:00 PM – 04:30 PM


Presented by Kanitra Fletcher, assistant curator, modern and contemporary art; and Melissa Aytenfisu, teaching artist

Come out to the Museum for an afternoon of hands-on art making, inspired by Jack Whitten’s Black Monolith paintings, honoring great African American cultural figures. You can see these paintings, alongside approximately 40 of his sculptures, in the exhibition Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017.

The afternoon begins with a look at how Whitten created his Black Monolithpieces, using unique paint-layering and mosaicking techniques. Learn about his process and how these works pay homage to individuals Whitten admired.

Then, create your own mosaic tile project, inspired by the people you admire most. You’ll explore geometric shapes, patterns, color, and texture as you make your personal compositions. Your pieces can be as abstract, or as figural, as you’d like. Do you have small pieces of tile at home you would like to incorporate into your project? Bring them along!

• $20 MFAH Members
• $25 Nonmembers

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  • 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.
  • Tickets • $20 MFAH Members • $25 Nonmembers

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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