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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Object Detectives

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

01:00 PM – 04:30 PM
US/Central

  Attributed to the shop of John and Thomas Seymour, Boston, Tambour Desk, 1794–1810, mahogany, inlay, eastern white pine, and red oak, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

Becoming an expert on historic objects means learning to see. Curators, conservators, and historians view museum collections through different eyes than the casual viewer. Guests can get a peek into their world with the spring installment of the Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series, “Object Detectives: Unlocking the Mysteries of America's Past.”

Guests can visit the house at Bayou Bend to see collection objects from a new perspective—with open doors and drawers, labels on display, and even upside-down. Historic documents used to research and authenticate items will be shared. Several objects new to the collection, never before available to Houston audiences, are shown for one day only before returning to the Museum's conservation lab. Staff members from Bayou Bend's Kitty King Powell Library present rare books.

As a special highlight, limited free passes are available for a seminar with furniture specialist Brock Jobe, recently retired professor of American decorative arts at Winterthur Museum in Delaware. He discusses a selection of card tables from the Bayou Bend Collection, including one promised gift and several not normally on public view.

Image: Attributed to the shop of John and Thomas Seymour, Boston, Tambour Desk, 1794–1810, mahogany, inlay, eastern white pine, and red oak, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

About the Programs & Activities

This program is free, but reservations are strongly recommended for those who wish to participate in the furniture seminar. Two time slots are offered—1:30 pm and 3 pm—depending upon space available.

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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.
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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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