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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.


Toward a Digital Menil

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 […]

William Camfield on Francis Picabia

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, […]

James Nares: Street

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 […]

6th Annual MenilFest

MenilFest takes over the Menil Campus for a day of free art and entertainment.

Vivian L. Smith Symposium: Materiality and Postwar Art

Exploring material connections between American abstraction and European figuration in the postwar period. Symposium speakers: Katrina Bartlett-Rush, Dr. Kent Minturn, Dr. Alexander Potts, and Dr. Richard Shiff. Moderator: Roja Najafi. 

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

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 […]


In conjunction with the Magritte exhibition Aurora curator Mary Magsamen has curated a collection of short Surrealist films including Magritte’s own home movies. Location: Menil Collection Front […]


It’s the end of the world and you have only one potluck left!  Share what you would have at your last meal potluck style picnic, […]

Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds

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 […]

Bring Your Own Beamer

Aurora Picture Show Hosts BYOB  at The Menil Collection. Dust off your slide, video, film or overhead projector and bring it to the Menil Collection where anyone […]

Kent Minturn: Wols and Dubuffet in Cassis

What disturbance did Wols and fellow artist Jean Dubuffet experience on the Mediterranean coast? This year’s Morgan-Menil Fellow investigates that question. In conjunction with the exhibition […]

Lecture | Franklin Sirmans: Prospect.3

Franklin Sirmans, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (a position he previously held at the Menil), returns […]

Eileen Costello: Lecture & Book-signing

Art Historian Eileen Costello, author of  Brice Marden: Beyond Visual Reality, specializes in postwar American and European art, and has studied the work of Brice Marden over […]

Nice. Luc Tuymans

Nice. Luc Tuymans will present approximately 30 paintings by the artist from his earliest mature work G. Dam, 1978 to canvases finished as recently as […]

Nice. Luc Tuymans

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is known for his distinctive painting style, and for his choice of historically and emotionally charged subject matter. As the thirty […]

Wols: Retrospective

Organized by Menil Collection curator of modern and contemporary art Toby Kamps in collaboration with noted Wols scholar Dr. Ewald Rathke and the Kunsthalle Bremen, […]

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