The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Kogei: The Art of Japanese Craft

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 – Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM


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

Kogei, often translated as “craft,” refers to objects of the highest technical sophistication, and it is one of the finest Japanese artistic traditions.

Encompassing metalwork, enamels, wood and ivory carving, lacquer, ceramics, and many other materials, kogei sometimes take the form of small, even functional objects, such as incense burners and tea caddies. As is the tradition, they are meant to be admired and prized as masterpieces and works of art.

This talk explores both the history and contemporary practice of kogei.

Drop in! Admission is free.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet in the American General Conference Room on the mezzanine level of the Beck Building.

► 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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