Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "The Marzio Years: Transforming the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1982–2010" closing day
As director of the MFAH from 1982 to 2010, Peter C. Marzio ushered the Museum into a remarkable era of growth, with the expansion of the permanent collection from 14,000 to 62,000 works of art; the development of the Isamu Noguchi–designed Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden in 1986 and the Rafael Moneo–designed Audrey Jones Beck Building in 2000; and the land purchase for the site of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, opening in November 2020.
"The Marzio Years: Transforming the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1982–2010" celebrates Marzio’s extraordinary achievements by spotlighting important acquisitions, landmark collection initiatives, and departments established during his tenure.
Among the many artists represented in this exhibition are John Biggers, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Imogen Cunningham, Nan Goldin, Franz Kline, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Rembrandt van Rijn, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol. Also featured are antiquities; selections from the Glassell gold collections; and works reflecting the MFAH partnership with the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.
Selections from major collections that entered the Museum during these years are highlighted as well, such as the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection of contemporary ceramics; the Manfred Heiting Collection of photographs; and the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive art.