Michael K. Brown, long-time curator of the Bayou Bend Collection, died on Sunday of organ failure, ten days after undergoing a heart transplant. His brothers are organizing services in his hometown in upstate New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will hold a memorial in October.
Brown joined the curatorial team at Bayou Bend, the MFAH’s house museum for American decorative arts and painting, in 1980. He received his M.A. from the University of Delaware in the Wintherthur Program in Early American Culture. MFAH Director Gary Tinterow expressed: “Michael was an exemplary curator, known for his passion and keen connoisseurship, and a remarkable individual whose grace and gentility touched everyone he encountered.”