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In Harvey’s Wake: An Update on Houston MFA and the Menil Collection

Updates to my previous post on the effects of Hurricane Harvey on two of Houston’s premier art museums:

—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which stood up well to the hurricane, reopens to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with regular hours. Admission, usually $18 for non-senior adults, will be free through Sept. 7, giving hard-hit residents a welcome respite from coping with widespread devastation.

Featured in the MFAH’s temporary exhibition of work by Pipilotti Rist is an installation comfortingly titled, “Worry Will Vanish”:

Pipilotti Rist, “Worry Will Vanish,” 2014, MFAH purchase
© Pipilotti Rist / Photo: The Storyhive

However, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, the MFAH’s house museums, will remain closed until further notice. Their gardens were flooded, but the houses and collections “remain secure,” according to the museum’s website.

—The Menil Collection, which also stood up well to Harvey, reopened today. Admission there is always free.

“Our chief focus at this time is checking in with our staff, making sure they are safe, and providing any assistance they may need for recovery,” Tommy Napier, the Menil’s assistant director of communications, told me yesterday.

The Menil Collection

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