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Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Houston's Museum of Fine Arts was the top recipient of private donations among U.S. arts organizations in 2006, with a total of $185.8 million, according to a survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy released today.

New York's Museum of Modern Art was No. 2 in the survey, with $133.5 million raised.

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Could this have been just because of the asset sales off the Caroline Wiess Law estate? Supposedly those were going to end up between $300 and $400 million.

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Yeah they are fundraising machines, too bad they seem to do that more than interesting exhibits. One of their last shows featured dog portraits. How interesting...

:lol::lol::lol:

They used to have live jazz/mixers every Thursday. Guess its been done away with unless your a member. This place has some great networking events going on year round, surprising how many people are unaware. Just minutes from everyone too. All ages need to be in tune with the fine arts. This woudl be a great Haif meet, serious.

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Yeah they are fundraising machines, too bad they seem to do that more than interesting exhibits. One of their last shows featured dog portraits. How interesting...

Actually, it was a nicely presented show that featured excellent works from both old and modern masters. It had great appeal for that large segment of the public who can't relate to the chic blockbuster Basquiat, another recent exhibit at MFAH.

The costs of putting on a major exhibit are staggering. In other countries, government funding bankrolls museums. In America, they are supported by the private sector. Securing the loan of art from any museum requires planning and negotiations that can go on for several years.

What type of show would you like to see at MFAH?

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Yeah they are fundraising machines, too bad they seem to do that more than interesting exhibits. One of their last shows featured dog portraits. How interesting...

I saw that and it wasn't that bad. Certainly better than the "Star Wars" exhibit a few years back.

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I hope MFAH will consider going back to their former policy of not charging a general admission fee. Money hardly seems to be the issue anymore.

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I hope MFAH will consider going back to their former policy of not charging a general admission fee. Money hardly seems to be the issue anymore.

Here's to Thursdays! (or being a member).

Actually, $7 isn't all that bad -

MOMA NY is $20, DeYoung SF is $10, MOCA Chicago suggests $10, Guggenheim is $18, and Metropolitan Museum of Art suggests $20.

Of course the Getty, most of the Smithsonian, National Gallery, Archicenter Chicago, and the LACMA and MOCA (LA) among many other larger institutions are free.

Has anyone seen Houston Wilderness or the Damien Hirst sculpture at the MFAH? It has been a while since i have been.

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I think it moved over to the Museum of Natural Science, called Mixers & Elixers.

:lol::lol::lol:

They used to have live jazz/mixers every Thursday. Guess its been done away with unless your a member. This place has some great networking events going on year round, surprising how many people are unaware. Just minutes from everyone too. All ages need to be in tune with the fine arts. This woudl be a great Haif meet, serious.

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They should "suggest" $10 or $15, but then let people in who just pay a nickel. That will give it that sort of noblesse oblige air of one of the great museums.

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They should "suggest" $10 or $15, but then let people in who just pay a nickel. That will give it that sort of noblesse oblige air of one of the great museums.

In order to do this, the shortfall would have to be underwritten by a foundation or an individual with deep pockets.

Houston is a latecomer in the ranks of U.S. cities with first-class art museums. It has some catching up to do.

Sometimes, a museum without general admission fees will charge for tickets to a "blockbuster" exhibit in order to offset the astronomical costs of putting on such a show.

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