The Menil Collection
July 17 - November 8, 2015
An exhibition bringing together a diverse selection of works from the Menil’s holdings–largely abstractions–to explore anthropologist Robert Plant Armstrong's theories of the power of objects to impress energies upon viewers. Includes works by Max Ernst, Constantin Brancusi, Frank Bowling, Sam Gilliam, Eduardo Chillida alongside a variety of abstract forms from earlier eras.
The first in a new series of Menil foyer re-runs, this one featuring videos of two museum talks: Artist Robert Rauschenberg speaking with Menil Director...Read More
The Aurora Picture Show and the Menil Collection co-presents this special public event at which various local participants project slides, videos, and films on the...Read More
A discussion exploring the ways in which artists and curators create provocative resonances between seemingly different works of art. Allison Myers, current Vivian L. Smith...Read More
An exhibition focusing on works created by artist Barnett Newman (1905 –1970) in the last five and a half years of his life. In this...Read More
A behind-the-scenes documentary film about the blockbuster exhibition “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs”, presented at the Museum of Modern Art and previously at Tate Modern.
An exhibition of 19th Century French drawings from the collections of the Menil and the Morgan, including works by Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh, Georges...Read More
Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran and visual artist Robert Pruitt–both Houston natives–will discuss The Rauschenberg Project: Holed Up, a new multimedia performance inspired by...Read More
The first U.S. museum survey of sculptures, paintings, and kinetic works created over the past half century by Greek artist Takis–a self-described “instinctive scientist” whom...Read More
In a culture addicted to speed and instant gratification, scholar Arden Reed advocates for taking one’s time. Reed will discuss the importance of slowing down...Read More
Tribe’s artistic practice asks how media and technology have shaped the way we perform politics. This screening is a series of actor reenactments of protest...Read More
Neatly coinciding with Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Menil’s version explores the commissions, both clothes and furniture, that James...Read More
This year’s symposium brings together important scholars who focus on the intersections of twentieth-century postwar art, music, and sound in the United States and Europe....Read More
To the Christian faithful in the Eastern Roman Empire, works of art were not inert objects, they were earthly embodiments of a supernatural force. This...Read More
In conjunction with the exhibition, Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible, curator Clare Elliott will lead and moderate a discussion about the life and work of...Read More
Featuring Surrealist works from the The Menil Collection that trace modernist shifts in New York City in the 1930s and 40s, as artists from Europe...Read More
Mabel O. Wilson lecture in conjunction with Untitled (Structures): Leslie Hewitt in Collaboration with Bradford Young.
Designer, scholar, Columbia University professor Mabel O. Wilson discusses her research into space and cultural memory in black America in conjunction with the new film...Read More
A singular figure in American art who experienced significant recognition and painful isolation during his life – and whose fame has waxed and waned since...Read More
Sarah Rothenberg performs works for the piano including John Cage’s 1952 modernist milestone 4’ 33” and work by Cage’s musical heroes, Satie and Schoenberg.
A free outdoor solo concert by the Houston-based musician known as Jandek. The quintessential outsider musician, Jandek has self-produced over sixty albums since 1978. He...Read More
In honor of the late anthropologist, author, filmmaker, and curator Dr. Edmund Carpenter, the Menil presents a reading of his landmark 1973 book, Eskimo Realities. ...Read More
The MacArthur Genius grant winner comes to talk about her (sometimes controversial) work, as part of the Rice/Menil Biennial Lecture Series,The Risible Visual: Humor &...Read More