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MUSEUM DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise Photographer Fazal Sheikh has traveled the world, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, India, Israel, Pakistan and Palestine. This exhibition celebrates a major MFAH acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career. Sheikh, an award-winning pho- tographer, was born in New York City in 1965. Homelands and Histories features images representing each of his key projects, from the late 1980s to 2013. A portraitist of uncommon sensitivity, Sheikh seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, often spending extended periods of time in each community. Through September 4. The McFerrin Fabergé Collection will be presented in a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This new gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation. The first installation in the gallery is the new special exhibition Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise. Visitors will experience the design artistry and crafts- manship of the Fabergé workmasters in an intimate setting. Currently numbering over 600 pieces, the McFerrin Fabergé Collection is the largest private collection of Fabergé in the world–a treasure trove of objects reflecting the artistry of the Fabergé firm. 5601 Main Street | 713.639.7300 | www.mfah.org 36 L O C A L | may 17 MENIL COLLECTION Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip 1533 Sul Ross Street | 713.525.9400 | www.menil.org 5555 Hermann Park Drive | 713.639.4629 | www.hmns.org Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip brings together examples of the early work of Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman. These artists wereamong a group of intellectuals, writers, filmmakers and poets who lived and worked during the late 1950s and early 1960s in the old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan called the Coenties Slip. Distinguished by its views of the Brooklyn Bridge and its position between land and sea, the slip served as an important inspiration for the artists, who frequently incorporated aquatic themes into their early work. Through August 6.