The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Flashes of the Finite: Sally Mann’s Family Pictures

Thursday, May. 23, 2019 – Thursday, May. 23, 2019

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Presented by Sarah Kennel, the Byrne Family Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the exhibition “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings”

Between 1985 and 1994, photographer Sally Mann transformed the ordinary moments of childhood into extraordinary pictures by turning her lens onto her family, especially her three children, as they played and relaxed at their family’s summer cabin on the banks of Virginia’s Maury River.

The photographs, many of which were published in the 1992 book Immediate Family, explore the pleasures and perils of a free-range childhood and chart the sometimes rocky path toward adolescence. They also unleashed a controversy over their depiction of nudity, thrusting Mann and her work into the broader culture wars of the 1990s.

This talk looks at the genesis, and the enduring beauty and power, of Mann’s family pictures, examining their role as a cultural touchstone for issues such as childhood, motherhood, and the boundaries between public and private.

• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult 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
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  • 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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