Bayou Bend, the former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, houses the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's early American decorative arts and painting collection. Considered one of the premier collections in the country, the rare and beautiful objects dating from approximately 1620 to 1876, are installed throughout the 1920s mansion in 28 period room settings.
Brooks will be responsible for installing and conserving the nearly 5,000 current works, and making acquisitions to include in the collection.
The Bayou Bend Collection is one of the nation's foremost assemblages of American decorative arts dating from 1620 through 1876. Not only are the objects in the collection fine examples of American design and craftsmanship, but they also reflect the tastes, values, and aspirations of Colonial-era Americans. The collection reflects Miss Hogg's dream that "Bayou Bend may serve as a bridge to bring us closer to the heart of an American heritage which unites us."
"I first learned of Bayou Bend and its wonderful collection when I was in graduate school-its reputation has always been of the very highest," said Brooks in a statement. "While working in Texas in the 1980s and 1990s, I had the opportunity to visit and become better acquainted with Bayou Bend and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I am thrilled to now be able to join the staff, help build the collection, and present it to the Museum's diverse audiences."
Prior to this appointment, which will begin January 2015, he most recently served as director of historic resources for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Brooks succeeds longtime Bayou Bend curator Michael K. Brown, who passed away in September 2013.