The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Core Program Lecture: Helen Molesworth

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 – Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


“What’s Black and White and Red All Over?”
Presented by writer and curator Helen Molesworth, former chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Why is art important? Why does art matter? What kind of knowledge does art produce? In an illustrated talk based on her forthcoming book project, Helen Molesworth addresses these crucial questions.

Drop in! Core Program lectures are free and open to the public. On Thursdays, MFAH general admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.

About the Speaker

Helen Molesworth has written about the issues of feminism and the sociohistorical frameworks of contemporary art. She has worked on exhibitions with artists including Louise Lawler, Steve Locke, Anna Maria Maiolino, Kerry James Marshall, Josiah McElheny, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Luc Tuymans.

About the Lecture

This talk is the second in a series leading up to the opening of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the MFAH collections. The lecture is also part of the Core Program’s 2019–2020 lecture series. Learn more about Core Program events here. Questions? Contact [email protected] or 713.639.7865. 

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    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults (19+) $24
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    • Youth (13–18) $20
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    *The Museum provides free admission to active members of the U.S. military and reserves with valid ID, as well as to military families with dependent cards. Available in person at any admissions desk.  General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.     Health & Safety Protocols: Before you arrive - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a private institution devoted to public service. We require health & safety protocols, which apply to the main campus, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Please visit https://www.mfah.org/visit/tips-for-visiting to review our campus protocols.

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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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