It took two organizers to pull together the work seen in “American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.” Emily Ballew Neff, MFAH curator for American Painting and Sculpture, and Christine Gervais, MFAH associate curator for Decorative Arts and Rienzi, pulled pieces from the MFAH’s art holdings as well as Rienzi and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for this first-ever comprehensive exhibit of pieces from all of the museum’s collections.
“'American Made' presents a window onto the depth and richness of the collection across many areas of the MFAH holdings,” said Gervais via press materials. “Through painting, sculpture, textiles, photographs and furnishings, we have attempted to capture the extraordinary creativity and achievement of American artists over more than two centuries.”
Among the items on display is Joseph Badger’s Portrait of John Gerry, a 1745 painting of a young boy in a rose-colored coat. The coat seen in the portrait has survived and will also be on view, a rare treat for art lovers. Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH, has called the exhibit “a complete rethinking and remix of the MFAH American art holdings.”
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