As we announced last spring, beginning on February 26, 2018, the Menil Collection main museum building located at 1533 Sul Ross Street will temporarily close to the public until autumn 2018. The Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, Menil Collection Bookstore, green spaces, and Bistro Menil will remain open with regular hours. We have a full series of public programs and member events planned for the season. Follow the link below to learn more about the project and see upcoming events.
This week's #5WomenArtists feature comes from our 2016 exhibition "As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither." Sister Gertrude Morgan was an artist, musician, and evangelical preacher. After a series of revelations from God, she moved to New Orleans where she spread her gospel, using her artwork as a teaching tool. "Titanic SHIP" (ca. 1960s) depicts a building without the front wall, a playground, a vegetable garden, and a game of table tennis. Perhaps Sister Morgan is demonstrating wholesome Christian virtues while warning of the dangers of a hedonistic lifestyle in reference to the ill-fated Titanic ship.
Image: Sister Gertrude Morgan, "Titanic SHIP," ca. 1960s. The Menil Collection, Houston, Promised gift of Stephanie and John Smither. © Sister Gertrude Morgan
I love an respect artist of all types.
The staff was awesome....
Desk help was extremely helpful.
A great little date spot and a nice Bistro right across the street is what I'm looking forward to at my next visit.
Thank you being a FREE museum :)
As part of the Menil's commitment to accessibility, we have contributed approximately 200 images of works in our collection to Artstor. Scholars and researchers will now have access to works from all areas of our permanent collection.
Join Dickie Landry for a special concert this evening at 7 p.m. in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, 4011 Yupon. This program is free and open to everyone.
The Menil Collection Bookstore is pleased to present the work of Melissa Laree Cunningham and JANE April 1–31, 2018.
Melissa Laree Cunningham is a photographer, artist, librarian, and mother from Houston, TX. Her photographs capture intimate, raw everyday moments with her gentle, every curious eye. She has shown work in the "One by One" exhibition in Austin, Texas (2015), "Feast Your Eyes" (with Houston Center for Photography and "My Table Magazine") (2016), and FLATS present...s "Women" (2016).
Melissa is also the founder of the artist photobook publishing company, JANE. Based out of Houston, JANE works with photographers, designers, and shops from Texas and beyond to create high quality works in print from emerging and seasoned artists. Through JANE, Melissa brings us her first book "GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS," ruminating on the idea of girlhood as a state of mind, a freeness “in fun, in friendship, in nature, in sensuality, in letting loose of expectations even for a moment.”
About the book the author says, "'GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS' looks at the easy, intimate spaces of being a girl…not woman, not label, not obligation, not sex, not wife, not competition. Just girlhood, when young, while aging. Many parts of our selves or our bodies are co-opted for some other purpose or person, but in quiet or safe or personal moments, girls have a vibrancy and closeness in life."
We invite you to join us for a reception on April 13th, 5–7 p.m., at the Bookstore, 1520 Sul Ross Street.
Professor Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie is widely recognized as one of Ghana’s foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance.
Alorwoyie, dancers, and musicians from the UNT African Percussion Ensemble will present a range of traditional works from Togo, Ghana, and Benin.
Alorwoyie was chief master drummer of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble for many years and has toured the world performing and teaching. He has worked with notable scholars and composers such as John Cher...noff and Steve Reich.
This program is free and open to everyone. It will take place on the Menil's main building lawn.
"In reading the book it becomes apparent that, together, the couple became more than the sum of their parts. They inspired each other, kept meticulous records even in the early years of their collecting, and made significant strides outside the art world through their work for the civil rights movement and other causes."—Susie Tommaney for Houston Press on William Middleton's new book "Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil"
John McLaughlin has been a Menil Contemporaries member since 2013. "An invitation from a particularly persistent friend four years ago introduced me to the group, but I’ve stayed because of the friendships I’ve developed through it." Of the Cy Twombly Gallery, his favorite space at the Menil, John said, "I like to bring out of town guests there, and it becomes a topic of conversation for years." Follow the link below to read more about Menil Contemporaries and join today.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Menil Collection? Or about John and Dominique de Menil's connection to Houston? Read this W magazine exclusive excerpt from William Middleton's new biography on the couple "Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil."
This week's #5WomenArtists feature comes from our Surrealism collection. During the time she was active, Dorothea Tanning produced approximately twenty cloth sculptures on a portable Singer sewing machine. "Cousins" (1970) is an intertwined group of fur-cover forms and ambiguous anatomies. Are the shapes, whose height mimics that of a human, embracing or resisting? Where does one shape end and another start? The puzzling sculpture has long been a popular work in our collection. Image: http://bit.ly/2oRA2SH
"Piano’s design [for the Menil Collection] was directly inspired by the [de Menil's] Houston house: The wooden floors were black, walls of glass allowed light to flow in, and galleries were built around tropical gardens. Perhaps one of the most important elements transmitted to the museum was a sense of modesty."—William Middleton details the role of architecture and design in the legacy of John and Dominique de Menil for Town & Country.
Join Da Camera of Houston tomorrow for its beloved free annual family concert in the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall. Musical fun for children (and adults!) of all ages.
Tonight at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance: Join Theodore Bale, Assistant Director of Public Programs at the Menil, Percussionist Brandon Bell, Houston Ballet Soloist Oliver Halkowich, and special guests from the Merce Cunningham Trust to discuss "Arrivals and Departures: Cage, Cunningham, and Johns," the upcoming collaboration between our institutions.
Join Mary Jacobus this evening at the Cy Twombly Gallery in conjunction with her book "Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint." Plus, you can pick up a copy of the book at Menil Collection Bookstore.
How does the definition of transgression shift from the physical act of crossing boundaries to the conceptual territory of moral violations? As artworks accumulate different meanings over time, some interpretations vary radically from the artwork’s original context.
Scholars Keith Moxey (Barnard College/Columbia University), Amy Knight Powell (University of California, Irvine), and Karen Overbey (Tufts University) consider the balance between interpretive freedom and historic...al responsibility.
Symposium moderator Jessamine Batario is a doctoral candidate in art history at The University of Texas at Austin, and this year’s Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow.
This program is free and open to everyone. Please note that it will be held in Richmond Hall, 1500 Richmond Avenue.
Stuart Nelson and Catherine Comiskey have been Menil Contemporaries members since 2014. "It is extremely important that the Menil is free and there are never lines or overcrowding. I support the Menil in part because it can be seen as a spiritual home for Houstonians across cultures," said Catherine, whose favorite spot is Menil Park. Stuart is drawn to the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, describing it as "one of the most sacred places in the entire city, and it is wonderful that it can continue to house thought provoking works of great significance."