“Look to the East: Decorative Arts and Orientalism, 1870-1920”

“Look to the East: Decorative Arts and Orientalism, 1870-1920”

Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston William Frend De Morgan, "Peacocks" Charger, (detail) c. 1880, earthenware with luster glaze, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bequest of Mary Beth Baird, and the Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mecom, Jr., Mrs. Albert Bel Fay, Stanley Ward, the Sealy Family Trust, and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wolf, all by exchange.

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Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 12:15-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Free to $15

Location Info:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX  77005
713-639-7300
Where do you go for inspiration? For artists and designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all eyes were on the mysterious Orient, an unknown culture that opened up through trade, transportation and the first world’s fair in the United States: Philadelphia’s Centennial International Exhibition, in 1876. “We had actual Japanese artists at the exhibit; it was a really big cultural moment,” says Christine Gervais, curator of decorative arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “It becomes artistically very interesting for a lot of artists and designers. [It was] so different. When we think about Victorian design, rococo, baroque, Renaissance, the Orient could not be more different. The color palettes were vastly different.” Pulling from the museum’s permanent collections, with the addition of one loan, Gervais has organized a 40-piece exhibit highlighting Orientalist design in American and European decorative arts. “Look to the East: Decorative Arts and Orientalism, 1870-1920” includes an Indian paisley shawl, Tiffany glass, Moorish-style ceramics, Japoniste silver and Chinese-inspired bamboo furniture. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to 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 October 23. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $15.

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