With "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture," part of the ongoing "American Season" collection of exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is showing that it can balance an appreciation for fine art with a taste for whimsy. Russell did not paint overtly funny works, but his attention to the details of human movement and expression might remind viewers of Norman Rockwell. The pieces are refreshingly bright and action-packed, filled with rangers riding up upon vagabonds, Native Americans moving across the plains and horses stampeding into saloons. Russell, who worked as a cowboy, painted what he knew best - the wild, vivacious mentality of the frontier West. The 4,000 works of art he painted before his death in 1926 inspired a certain genre of Hollywood film; indeed, you might keep thinking you've glimpsed John Wayne on the canvas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through August 29. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. Free to $7.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 6. Continues through Sept. 6, 2010