The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme

Sunday, Sep. 29, 2019 – Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020


The MFAH hosts the debut presentation of Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme. The exhibition centers on a series of 100 unique prints the artist made in 2015 over the course of 10 days in his Connecticut studio.

This extraordinary suite of prints offers an overview of Johns’s career, providing the opportunity to see his creative process at work. As a basis for this series, Johns etched his palm imprint and American Sign Language symbols onto a single intaglio plate, and then proceeded to transform that image 100 times, using string, stenciled numbers, and leaves from trees. Johns (born 1930) originally created this monoprint series to accompany what would have been a special edition of his Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculptures.

To give context to Johns’s recurring themes and motifs, the exhibition also features works on paper by the artist from the MFAH collections and private collections. The monoprint series is complemented by examples including Land’s EndSavarin, and Untitled.

Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme | September 29, 2019–February 16, 2020



  • 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.

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  • Street Parking
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    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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