November 18 - March 12, 2017
Via the Menil's website: "This exhibition brings together a selection of California artists who emerged following the Second World War and took advantage of the region’s permissive atmosphere to help create a thriving new art scene. Artists like John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms, and Edward Kienholz were part of a “Beat” generation, whose social critiques would eventually be incorporated into the counterculture and social protest movements that shaped the second half of the 20th century."
August 19 - January 8, 2017
An screening featuring Sunset, an unfinished film by Andy Warhol. "Warhol began making the film in 1964 when the Menil Collection founders John and Dominique de Menil commissioned the artist to create a new film, one with spiritual significance. Warhol shot sunsets in San Francisco, East Hampton, and New York City, but never completed the project, stating, “I filmed so many sunsets for that project, but I never got one that satisfied me.”The film will be screened daily at 6 p.m.
September 16 - January 8, 2017
An exhibition examining the line drawings of Cubist artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso The Line is curated by Carmen Giménez, guest curator, who was founding director of the Museo Picasso Málaga, and coordinated by David Breslin, John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator, Menil Drawing Institute, and Menil Associate Curator Clare Elliott.
“The Menil and Aurora Picture Show co-host Houston’s third annual BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer). Started in November 2013, BYOB brings together a new wave...Read More
A symposium exploring “drawings, first drafts, rehearsals, and other provisional works, exposing their role in shaping modern and contemporary art.” Speakers include: Cornelia Butler, Hammer...Read More
“Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons...Read More
A film following artists who created land art. Troublemakers focuses on Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty, 1970), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field, 1977) and Michael Heizer...Read More
An exhibition centered on the themes of continuity and disruption. The show is curated by the CAMH Teen Council in collaboration with Haley Berkman and Jamal...Read More
In this lecture, Charles Ray discusses subject matter as a formal element of sculpture.
An exhibition surveying the career of artist William Copley. The show traces Copley’s stylistic developments from the early 1950s to the 1990s. Also included in the exhibition...Read More
Director of the Rothko Chapel David Leslie and Curator David Breslin discuss the ways in which art reflects and creates communities.
A night of films by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. Co-presented by the Menil Collection and Aurora Picture Show.
Charles Ray gives a talk, titled “Matisse & Super Clay: Thoughts on Bronze in Rodin, Degas, and Matisse.”
An exhibition of works from the collection of Stephanie and John Smither. The artists in the collection often worked without gallery or museum aspirations and were largely...Read More
An exhibition that highlights collages and works inspired by collage in the Menil Collection. The show contains works by Gene Charlton, Sari Dienes, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard...Read More
French critic, curator, and art historian Yve-Alain Bois will speak about American artist Ellsworth Kelly.
Edmund de Waal talks about his new book The White Road: Journey into an Obsession, a narrative history of porcelain.
Menil Curator of Collections Paul R. Davis talks with Washington, D.C.–based artist Sam Gilliam about his work.
Salvador Dalí’s 1932 painting OEufs sur le Plat sans le Plat (Eggs on a Plate without the Plate) will be hung in the Surrealist galleries. It...Read More
A lecture by contemporary sculptor Charles Ray.
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.
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...Read More
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...Read More
A talk with four Menil Collection curators–Paul Davis, Clare Elliott, Toby Kamps, and Michelle White–in which they’ll discuss their selections for the museum’s upcoming website...Read More
Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, designers of the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) building, discuss their plans for the new Menil campus structure.
The Menilfest and Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair present a day filled with art, books, live performances, films, and food. Includes special performances by the...Read More
Art scholar William A. Camfield discusses the work of pioneering artist Francis Picabia and signs copies of the just-published Francis Picabia: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 1,...Read More
Hip-hop artist Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, Rice University Professor Anthony Pinn, and Lehigh University Professor Monica Miller discuss how Hip-Hop has been influenced by the...Read More
The ultimate street photography! James Nares captured 16 hours of footage on the streets of Manhattan from a moving car. Using a high-def camera, typically...Read More
What does peace look like? This show explores the resonance in the visual arts of Gandhi’s ethics of nonviolence.
Rice University architect Reto Geiser, Brooklyn College writer and musician David Grubbs, and Rice visual artist John Sparagana discuss the Menil and Rothko Chapel’s acoustics,...Read More
This exhibit is the perfect union of cabinet of curiosity artist and cabinet of curiosity. Robleto has been researching NASA heartbeat recordings as well as...Read More
Objects from the Menil Collection selected and installed by NY-based artist Haim Steinbach. We pretty much guarantee there will be things you had no idea...Read More
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...Read More