The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Textures of Place: Selections from the Museum’s Collection

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018


Textures of Place: Selections from the Museum’s Collectionbrings together printed abstractions that conjure feelings of home. Elements of domestic architecture—such as windows, floors, and walls—provide sanctuary to those inside. Textural impressions—including decorated surfaces, textiles, and decor—personalize otherwise mundane rooms.

The exhibition showcases works on paper from the MFAH collection that reveal how feelings about home, so often associated with personalizing interior spaces through ornamentation and decoration, can also be found in the refinement of abstraction.

Artists such as Richard Artschwager and Sylvia Mangold find abstract patterns around the house. Recalling memories and experiences, Anni Albers, Sam Gilliam, Joan Lyons, and Louise Nevelson translate personal objects and surfaces of fabrics into print. Other artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Motherwell, utilize an austere language of Modernism, simply titling their prints after parts of the house—like the door, the wall, and the window—in order to imagine worlds within their works of art.


  • 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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