The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Transforming Curatorial Practices for the Evolving Global Museum at the British Museum

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 – Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM


Presented by Ladan Akbarnia, curator of South Asian and Islamic art at the San Diego Museum of Art

Get an inside look at the creation of the British Museum’s Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, from a curatorial perspective. This talk takes you behind the scenes of the challenges involved in working with varied groups of art and objects, and building them into a coherent collection that addresses the many faiths, political organizations, and ethnicities found within the broader sphere of Islamic arts.

About the Speaker

Recently appointed curator of South Asian and Islamic art at the San Diego Museum of Art, Ladan Akbarnia was previously the curator and assistant keeper of the Islamic collections at the British Museum, where she was the deputy lead curator for the redesign of the galleries that contain the museum’s Islamic collection. Prior to joining the British Museum, she was the Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Drop in! Admission is free.

► 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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