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BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

Menil Collection

April 25, 2014 | 8–10 pm

A world-wide series of one-night exhibitions, BYOB invites artists to bring their own "beamers" (projectors) and explore the medium of moving images. BYOB allows participants to present their ad hoc installations on the museum's façade in a collaborative pop-up event of pixels and lights. On the Menil Lawn. Presented by The Menil Collection & Aurora Picture Show.    

In the Midst of Things: Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss

Menil Collection

March 13 - July 6, 2014

Political activists and self-taught photographers, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss met in 1970 and began documenting everyday life in Grimes County, Texas. As a portrait of a people, that body of work caught the interest of Dominique de Menil, who organized its exhibition at Rice University’s Institute for the Arts in 1977. Over the years, Baldwin and Watriss’s relationship with the Menil has deepened.  

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926–1938

Menil Collection

February 14 - June 1, 2014

The first major museum exhibition to focus on the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte, tracing strategies and themes from an important period in his career. Bringing together eighty paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers new insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern painter and surrealist artist.

Memories of a Voyage: The Late Work of René Magritte

Menil Collection

February 14 - July 13, 2014

Continuing its exploration beyond René Magritte’s years leading up to World War II, the Menil presents a selection of works beginning in 1941 and concluding with the artist's death in 1967. In conjunction with Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938.  

Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds

Menil Collection

January 30 - May 11, 2014

Throughout her career, Bontecou has created drawings as a component of her artistic practice,  in relation to the sculptures for which she is renowned, and as independent works of art. The exhibition spans the years 1958 through 2012 with 76 works.  


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 […]


The Menil Collection presents the first major U.S. exhibition in nearly 40 years to focus exclusively on the work of Latin American artist Joaquín Torres-García. […]

Contemporary Conversations: John Chamberlain

Contemporary Conversations: John Chamberlain, American Tableau, organized by Menil curator of modern and contemporary art Franklin Sirmans, is the "third in the Menil’s Contemporary Conversations' […]

Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave

The Menil presents the first mid-career survey of this acclaimed artist’s work to be mounted in North America. "Featuring more than 50 works, from intimate […]

Face Off: A Selection of Old Masters and Others

Check out some of the Menil’s seldom-seen works, including prints from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, a few pre-Renaissance sculptures, and a small group […]

Imaginary Spaces

Orgainzed by Asst. Curator Michelle White, Imaginary Spaces includes "three centuries of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper" from the Menil’s permanent collection.

Max Ernst: In the Garden of Nymph Ancolie

"Organized by the Museum Tinguely, Basel, and supplemented in Houston by work from The Menil Collection, this exhibition is conceived around the mural, Pétales et […]

Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

"The Menil Collection presents Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, an original exhibition that explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 […]

NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith

Co-organized by the Menil’s Franklin Sirmans and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith "brings together a multigenerational group of North, […]

How Artists Draw

Featuring nearly 200 works on paper by just about everyone you could imagine, this show offers a preview of many works that will be the […]