MFAH Rienzi Society Holds Annual Dinner
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Jenny Antil
THE VIBE: Sophisticated formal intimate dinner party for 90 members of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Rienzi Society, which benefits the museums European decorative arts and paintings in the former home of Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III.
THE SCENE: The event began with cocktails and a preview of pieces carefully selected by the Rienzi Collections subcommittee. As guests sat down to dinner in Rienzi’s formal ballroom, MFAH director Gary Tinterow, Rienzi director Katherine Howe, and Curator Christine Gervais, led a discussion about art available for acquisition including Pair of Bergeres and Ewer Depicting Cavaliers in Battle. Rom Ryan provided a guitar and flute to set the tone for the affair as patrons enjoyed an elegant three‐course dinner from Swift + Company.
THE CAUSE: Hosted by Susie and Skip McGee; Suzanne and Dixon Montague, the 14th Annual Dinner of the Rienzi Society raised over $300,000. Funds raised support the acquisition of new pieces for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as housing in the museum for European decorative arts and paintings. Members participate in selecting pieces for the collection to be purchased with funds raised at the Rienzi Society Dinner. The evening allows members to preview the items available for acquisition and to enjoy a spectacular formal dinner in the Rienzi ballroom. Since 2000, the Rienzi Society has raised more than $3,050,000 and acquired 31 fine objects for the Rienzi collection.