Monet's "The Ice Floes (Les Glaçons),"1880. Collection Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont.
Skating on Thin Ice at the MFAH (with Monet). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has ramped up the energy this week with its $450 million capital campaign announcement, capped off by the official news of three new buldings. More coming in our February issue and online … Meanwhile, clever and engaging out-of-the-box initiatives such as the opportunity to skate under a cache of extraordinary Monets make this weekend one to remember. Space is limited, so obtain your ticket now, which also includes ice skate rental: mfah.org/monet. We’ve seen the jewel-box show “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River” installed in the expansive reaches of the Upper Brown, Law Building, and we were struck by how modern the canvases feel. How intriguing to glide across the ice-covered floors of Cullinan Hall, just below the exhibit, before or after taking in the paintings by the big man of Impressionism (Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18, only).