One don’t-miss image is Eric Fischl’s Year of the Drowned Dog, made up of six overlapping colored prints. It’s a beautiful beach scene, with a colorful yellow umbrella and lounge chair set among brilliant white sand. In the background is a dark-green mountain and a soft blue sky. Several groups of people stand near the drowned dog — a few children, with a trio of men in white uniforms standing watching them. Viewers can’t see any of the figures’ faces clearly, but their postures convey their feelings of indifference, mild curiosity and sadness.
The exhibition runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through February 20. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639‑7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $5 to $10.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 23. Continues through Feb. 20, 2011