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Affecting Presence and the Pursuit of Delicious Experiences

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.


Replays from Menil Archives

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 […]

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

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 […]

Barnett Newman: The Late Work

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 […]

Matisse: From Tate Modern and MoMA

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.

Becoming 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 […]

Conversation: Jason Moran / Robert Pruitt

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 […]

Takis: The Fourth Dimension

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 […]

Arden Reed: Slow Art

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 […]

A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James

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 […]

Byzantine Things in the World

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 […]

Late Surrealism

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 […]

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

A singular figure in American art who experienced significant recognition and painful isolation during his life – and whose fame has waxed and waned since […]

Music For Silence

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.

Sonic Counterpoint: Jandek

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 […]

Kara Walker Talks About Her Art

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 & […]

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