Menil Collection

Menil Collection

(713) 525-9400

1515 Sul Ross

Houston, TX 77006


Lecture: Thomas J. Lax

Menil Collection

October 14, 2015 | 7–8 pm

A lecture by Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement winner and associate curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA, Thomas J. Lax.

Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now

Menil Collection

September 11 - January 3, 2016

An exhibition of 100 works on paper that explores the historical roots and prominence of frottage, the method of mark-making through rubbing. Predominantly associated with Max Ernst, who claimed to have discovered the technique, frottage has an expansive history. This exhibition is co-organized with the Hammer Museum and is curated by Allegra Pesenti, Curator at Large for the Menil Drawing Institute.

MicroCosmos / Details from the Carpenter Collection of Arctic Art

Menil Collection

August 29 - February 21, 2016

An exhibition objects collected by Adelaide de Menil and late anthropologist Edmund Carpente. This is the first exhibition of this body of work and includes works that vastly vary in scale. Many of the objects are made of walrus ivory and are carved to represent various scenes from daily life and mythology. MicroCosmos is curated by Sean Mooney, Curator of the Edmund Carpenter Collection.


Terry Castle: Inside or Outside?

An illustrated lecture by literary and visual critic Terry Castle, presented  in conjunction with the exhibition Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection. Castle is...

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Walter De Maria: Trilogies

Three suites of three works each: paintings, chrome sculptures, and vintage cars by the conceptual art master who brought you the New York Earth Room...

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Upside Down: Arctic Realities

Don’t miss the Menil’s presentation of Upside Down: Arctic Realities, an exhibition and museum-going experience. Rare and rarely exhibited examples of ancient Arctic art, many...

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Tony Smith: Drawings

The Menil Collection presents an exhibition of rarely-seen drawings exploring Tony Smith’s early work, the American artist best known for monumental geometric sculptures in steel...

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The Whole World Was Watching

The Menil Collection presents The Whole World Was Watching, a selection of works from a gift of more than 200 Civil Rights-era photographs from Edmund...

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Menil Community Arts Festival

This all day festival on the Menil “campus” will feature an indie book festival, a concert at the Rothko chapel and a family drum circle...

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Objects of Devotion

Religion is never far from art. A new exhibition, Objects of Devotion, at the Menil, explores this persistent connection. Culled from the museum’s permanent collection...

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ROUSSEAU: Paint + Process

Art historians, curators, and conservationists gather in Houston on Saturday, October 2 to present and discuss new research into the work of Henri Rousseau. The...

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Maurizio Cattelan

The Menil Collection proves time and time again how lucky Houstonians are to have it in their midst. From antiquities to fresh-out-of-the-studio contemporary art, the...

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Steve Wolfe on Paper

Steve Wolfe on Paper at The Menil Collection highlights Wolfe’s works on paper which incorporate drawing, collage, and printmaking. Known for his scrupulous handmade reproductions...

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2010 Houston Indie Book Festival

NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast host this year’s Houston Indie Book Festival through a collaboration with The Menil Collection. This is the third official year...

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Body in Fragements

"Drawn from the Menil’s diverse collection of over 16,000 objects, Body in Fragments explores the manner in which the human form is dissected and reconfigured...

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