The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

On Common Ground: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 – Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018


On Common Ground is the latest in a series of focused exhibitions highlighting unique strengths in the MFAH collections. Celebrating recent acquisitions in particular, this installation also introduces a number of works that are new to Houston audiences.

Some of the works on display map the larger landscape, as seen in Wangechi Mutu’s evocation of the Kenyan highlands in The End of carrying All and in Oscar Muñoz’s bird’s-eye view of Cali, Colombia, in Ambulatory. Others close in on domestic spaces, such as Robert Gober’s untitled relief and Tony Oursler’s Hideaway. Huma Bhabha, Nancy Graves, and Jean-Pierre Larocque excavate the figure, whereas works by Francis Alÿs, Jasper Johns, and Julie Mehretu emphasize movement in space. The common ground shared by these artists is their concern not only with the world we live in, but also the world we have made.


  • 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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