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International crowd celebrates MFAH exhibition that looks at importance of home from Latin perspective

Global crowd celebrates exhibition that examines the meaning of home

Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Gabriela Conde, Michele Leal, Marisol Valero
Gabriela Conde, Michele Leal, Marisol Valero. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Manolo Sanchez, Gary Tinterow
Manolo Sanchez, Gary Tinterow. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Margot Williams, Megan Scarborough, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Susan Potter
Margot Williams, Megan Scarborough, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Susan Potter. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Manuel Mendanha, Juliana Laffitte
Manuel Mendanha, Juliana Laffitte. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Rachel Jarka, Mark Troth
Rachel Jarka, Mark Troth. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Mike Melnik, Guitel Melnik
Mike Melnik, Guitel Melnik. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Brad Bucher, Sofia Adrogue
Brad Bucher, Sofia Adrogue. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Gabriela Conde, Michele Leal, Marisol Valero
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Manolo Sanchez, Gary Tinterow
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Margot Williams, Megan Scarborough, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Susan Potter
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Manuel Mendanha, Juliana Laffitte
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Rachel Jarka, Mark Troth
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Mike Melnik, Guitel Melnik
Houston, MFAH HOME Opening Dinner, November 2017, Brad Bucher, Sofia Adrogue

An international crowd of 100 museum trustees, exhibition funders, artists, and other art-world guests gathered in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for a preview of the new exhibit, "HOME—So Different, So Appealing."

The evening began with a cocktail reception and a viewing of the exhibition, featuring 12 galleries made up of 100 works created by 39 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists, from the late 1950s to the present, who use the universal concept of “home” to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas over the past seven decades.

Several of the works, such as Los Angeles artist Carmen Agote’s “Household Mutations — Part B,” are built-to-scale. For the striking 720 square-foot piece, Agote removed the carpet from her childhood home as an expression of space and personal memory.

Of “HOME—So Different, So Appealing,” which first opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MFAH Director Gary Tinterow told attendees during a buffet dinner, “It’s one of the most moving exhibitions that I saw in Los Angeles. I don’t think anyone can see this exhibition and think the same once you leave … it forces us to reconsider our own identity, our relationships to our neighbors, to reconsider what it is to be an American. It’s a tremendously provocative exhibition.”

City Kitchen Catering catered the dinner, which featured grilled beef tenderloin, coriander cured salmon with cucumber, radishes, green chile, a burrata bowl station, and sweets like lemon coconut bars with raspberries.

“HOME — So Different, So Appealing” will be on display through January 21, 2018.

Art lovers in the crowd included Sofia Adrogue, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Mary Cullen, Olive McCollum Jenney, Manolo Sánchez, Joanna and Rusty Wortham, Gail and Louis Adler, Mike Loya, Maria Ines Sicardi, Allison Ayers, Jailyn Marcel, Carlos Bacino, and Mark Troth.

Visiting artists and curators Chon Noriega, Pilar Thompkins Rivas, Carmen Argote, Johanna Calle, Gabriel de la Mora, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Juliana Laffitte, Miguel Angel Rojas, and Manuel Mendanha of Grupo Mondongo also celebrated the exhibition.