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Sanford and Susie Criner, from left, with Ellen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Sanford and Susie Criner, from left, with Ellen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Chong-Ok Matthews, from left, Valerie Greiner and  Surena Matin at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Chong-Ok Matthews, from left, Valerie Greiner and Surena Matin at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Melissa and Albert Grobmyer at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Melissa and Albert Grobmyer at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Leslie and Brad Bucher, from left, with Emily Klim at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Leslie and Brad Bucher, left, with Emily Klim at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Lynn Detrick and Harvey Marks at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Lynn Detrick and Harvey Marks at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Minnette Robinson, left, and Fredricka Hunter at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Minnette Robinson, left, and Fredricka Hunter at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Beverly Robinson and Clint Willour at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Beverly Robinson and Clint Willour at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Danny and Isabel David at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Danny and Isabel David at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Sarah Tanguy, from left, Alison de Lima Greene and Ellen and Stephen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Sarah Tanguy, from left, Alison de Lima Greene and Ellen and Stephen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Don and Shirley Rose at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Don and Shirley Rose at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Rebecca Eaton, from left,  Sebastian Campos and Amy Purvis at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Rebecca Eaton, from left, Sebastian Campos and Amy Purvis at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
George and Linda Kelly at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
George and Linda Kelly at the MFAH Contemporary party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Sanford and Susie Criner, from left, with Ellen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Chong-Ok Matthews, from left, Valerie Greiner and  Surena Matin at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Melissa and Albert Grobmyer at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Leslie and Brad Bucher, from left, with Emily Klim at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Lynn Detrick and Harvey Marks at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Minnette Robinson, left, and Fredricka Hunter at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Beverly Robinson and Clint Willour at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Danny and Isabel David at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Sarah Tanguy, from left, Alison de Lima Greene and Ellen and Stephen Susman at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Don and Shirley Rose at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
Rebecca Eaton, from left,  Sebastian Campos and Amy Purvis at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014
George and Linda Kelly at the MFAH Contemporary party January 2014

What: contemporary@mfah reception featuring a grand private collection.

Where: The art-filled aerie of Ellen and Stephen Susman where the collection includes works by Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stellla, Gene Davis and Mickalene Thomas. 

The 411: The reception for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's patrons group focusing on modern and contemporary art was part of the year-long program that includes exclusive exhibition tours and access to private collections. Ellen Susman introduced the couple's collection and discussed her appointment as director of the State Department's Art in Embassies program.

Who: The artful gathering included contemporary@mfah co-chair Minnette Robinson, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Clint Willour, Fredericka Hunter, Isabel and Danny David, Art in Embassies curator Sarah Tanguy, MFAH curator of contemporary art and special projects Alison de Lima Greene and Sebastian Campos, director of The Mission Chicago.

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