“Love Has Befriended Me”: Persian Art and Culture in World History
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 – Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Presented by Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history, Rice University
Less than 100 years after the region’s conquest and conversion, Greater Iran would become the center of the Islamic empire. Centuries of Iranian kingship had created sophisticated traditions of rule, a rich literary culture, and unrivaled artistic vision—a legacy that would have a profound influence across the Islamic world.
In particular, a Persian political and cultural synthesis emerged that would dominate Central Asian and North Indian societies for hundreds of years. Turkish and Mongol royal courts would adopt the Persian literary and visual canon in order to express their own political identities, devotional passions, relationship with beauty and landscape, and vision of morality, kingship, and justice.
This lecture explores the historical and cultural past to provide context for the exhibition Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands.
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult nonmembers
Secure your spot in advance! Get online tickets.
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 Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
Make visiting a snap! Enlarge the map to see main-campus parking options, or download the PDF.
Parking update: A new underground parking garage, located on Montrose Boulevard, is now open!
- The outdoor parking lot on Bissonnet, across from the Law Building, is closed permanently.
- Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd.
- Guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you 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.
Parking Garage Locations
- 1144 Binz Street
- 5101 Montrose Boulevard
Parking Fees*Parking payments may be made only with a major credit card. Also accepted: MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
MFAH Members Visitors 0–30 minutes FREE FREE 31 minutes–4 hours $6 $10 4–12 hours $10 $18 12–24 hours $35 $35
HoursBoth parking garages are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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.
Events at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Jan. 30 – Jan. 28, 2018
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Oct. 11 – Feb. 25, 2018
A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Nov. 18 – Feb. 4, 2018
Extravagant Objects: Jewelry and Objets d’Art from the Masterson Collection
Oct. 21 – Apr. 29, 2018
The Design Reformation in Europe, 1845–1915: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Nov. 30 – May. 13, 2018
Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection
Jan. 18 – Jan. 18, 2018
Trapped between Poetry and Politics: The Paradox of Wine in Islamic Cultures
Jan. 20 – Jan. 20, 2018
“HOME—So Different, So Appealing”: A Performance by Da Camera Young Artists
Jan. 25 – Jan. 25, 2018
Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Powerfully Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women”
Feb. 1 – Feb. 1, 2018
Gallery Concert: Sitar Musician Aaron Hermes performs in “Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands”
Feb. 21 – Feb. 21, 2018
Kinder Institute for Urban Research Forum Lecture: Harriet Tregoning on Recovering from Natural Disasters
Feb. 19 – Feb. 19, 2018
Exclusive Tour “Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art”
Feb. 17 – Feb. 17, 2018
“Learning Through Art” K–8 Educator Seminar: Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Teach TEKS
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