MFAH Celebrates 10 Years Of The Design Council

August 7, 2008

Offering a glimpse of the design collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this month the MFAH presents Celebrating 10 Years of the Design Council, an exhibition of two dozen objects that pays tribute to the friends group funding design purchases at the MFAH.

Founded in 1998, the Design Council is comprised of community members who share a belief that objects play a defining role in the way people live in and envision their environment. As part of their involvement at the MFAH, Design Council members have access to design experts, learn about collecting, and study objects first-hand. Once a year they use their funds (derived from membership dues) to vote on purchases for the museum’s collection. Many of these objects acquired over the past decade will be on view in the Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet St., from Aug. 23 through Jan. 4, 2009.

“The collection would not be what it is today without the support of the Design Council members,” states Cindi Strauss, MFAH curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design and organizer of the exhibition. “The council has been incredibly proactive in seeking out icons of the 20th-century, as well as the latest in contemporary design, singling out tomorrow’s masterpieces today. I’m looking forward to building on the foundation of the past ten years as we move forward in defining the collection.”

“It has been a real privilege for me and the other members of the Design Council to be a part of the process of building a Design collection at the MFAH,” said Marlys Tokerud, chair of the MFAH’s decorative arts subcommittee and long-time Design Council member. “We have assembled works in a wide range of media to ensure that the collection is well-rounded and interesting We are excited to see so many of the objects that we have acquired for the museum on display together, being presented to the public for the first time as a collection.”

On view will be featured works by architects and designers such as Edgar Brandt, Cesare Casati, Donald Deskey, Hella Jongerius, Ingeborg Lundin, Verner Panton, Gilbert Rhode, Hiroshi Suzuki, and Ettore Sottsass, among others.

The Caroline Wiess Law Building hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:15–7 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday, except for holidays. Admission to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum. General admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6-18, students, and senior adults (65+); admission is free for children 5 and under. Admission is free on Thursday, courtesy of Shell Oil Company Foundation. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday for children 18 and under with a Houston Public Library Power Card or any other library card.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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