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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 […]

Art Guys Marry A Plant: Dedication Ceremony

In a ceremony officiated by National Book Critics Circle Winner Lawrence Weschler, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities, the Art Guys will […]

An Evening In Memory of Cy Twombly

The Menil Collection, Houston and Dia Art Foundation will present a public program in memory of Cy Twombly, who died in Rome on July 5. […]

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 […]

Robert Thoth: Performing and Playing in Bits

The 8th annual Media Archeology Festival presents live cinema performance by Houston artist Robert Thoth, “The Chiptune Crooner.” The crooner will perform popular songs from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

KURT SCHWITTERS: Color and Collage

Color and Collage marks the first U.S. overview of Kurt Schwitters’s career since the Museum of Modern Art retrospective 25 years ago, on view at […]

EARTH PAINT PAPER WOOD: Recent Acquisitions

Organized by Assistant Curator Clare Elliott, the exhibition EARTH PAINT PAPER WOOD emphasizes works on paper from the 20th century from the Menil Collection’s permanent […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dario Fo: One Was Nude and One Wore Tails

The Menil Collection and Main Street Theater Present a one night only public performance by Dario Fo, Nobel-prize winning playwright, director, and performer, in One […]

Annie Cohen-Solal- Reading and Booksigning

The Menil Collection presents Annie Cohen-Solal, author of the new biography, Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli. Castelli’s gallery opened in New […]

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Head on over to The Menil Collection for a one night screening of the film Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies. "In 2007, New […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

"Painted in Rome in 1970, Treatise on the Veil marks a critical period in the career of Cy Twombly. One of the American artist’s largest […]

Twentieth-Century Art at The Menil Collection

Marking the return of the museum’s twentieth-century galleries to the building’s east end, Museum Director Josef Helfenstein and Franklin Sirmans (now curator of contemporary art […]

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