The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is set to embark on a bold redevelopment, with a master plan that integrates a new building for 20th-and 21st-century art and a new Glassell School of Art, all designed by Steven Holl Architects, in addition to a new, state-of-the-art conservation center designed by Lake|Flato Architects. These will be integrated into a 14-acre campus that includes a century's worth of earlier structures by William Ward Watkin, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo, and a sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi. The initial ground-breaking for the Glassell School of Art is expected to take place in 2015, and the entire project is expected for completion in 2019.
Tracing its origins to 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of the largest cultural institutions in the country. Its main campus is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, and features an underground tunnel with James Turrell’s iconic installation, The Light Inside. Additional resources include a repertory cinema, two significant libraries, and public archives. Nearby, two house museums - Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi - present collections of American and European decorative arts. The encyclopaedic collections of the MFAH are especially strong in Pre-Columbian and African gold, Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture, 19th- and 20th-century art, photography and Latin American art. The MFAH is also home to the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), a leading research institute for 20th- century Latin American and Latino art.