After being viewed by more than 155,000 visitors in DC, the Cyrus Cylinder and its accompanying exhibition has arrived in Houston, where the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia will be on display from May 3rd through June 14th, 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (follow us on facebook for latest updates).
The opening reception and dinner in honor of the exhibition took place at the MFA Houston with more than 180 distinguished guests and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition. The reception began with a special ceremony performed by Zorostrian priest Dastoor Bahmanshah Sanjana who chanted a blessing for the Cyrus Cylinder to open the festivities, and was accompanied by live music performed by Iranian musicians.
Prior to the dinner remarks were delivered by Gary Tinterow (MFA Houston), Abolala Soudavar (IHF America), and John Curtis (British Museum). During the remarks Mr. Tinterow announced receiving the letter by the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, recognizing the Cyrus Cylinder and its arrival in Houston, and acknowledging the British Museum, the Iran Heritage Foundation, and the Ansary Foundation.
More guest photos can be viewed on the Houston Chronicle website.
Press and Interviews
During the opening day and the following weekend, Gary Tinterow (Director of the MFA Houston), Frances Marzio (Chief Curator of the MFA Houston), and John Curtis (Keeper of Special Middle East Projects, the British Museum) gave interviews to provide background and context about the significance of the exhibition, especially in Houston.
The exhibition was well received during the opening weekend. Dr. John Curtis and Dr. Vesta Sarkhosh of the British Museum provided a presentation and a talk, and answered questions.
Visiting the Exhibition
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is open seven days a week starting at 10am (12:15am on Sundays) with extended hours on Thursdays. Access to the exhibition is free with the price of admission. For more information please see the exhibition page on the MFAH website. and the MFAH’s Hours and Admissions page.