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

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Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma
Dedicated in 1971, Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk stands in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the reflecting pool of the Rothko Chapel. The time lapse video documents the sculpture’s installation last month upon its return to Houston following a 10-month treatment to perform internal structural improvements as part of a regular maintenance cycle. The treatment was overseen by the Menil Collection’s conservation department in collaboration with the Chapel.
Installing the Foyer: African Masks from the Collection
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Kevin Callahan
· January 6, 2018
I was there on Friday and spent the entire day viewing the collection, the Rothko chapel, the Cy Twombly gallery and the Dan Flavin installation. Spectacular! I had one afternoon to spend art viewin...g and decided to choose Menil over the fine arts and contemporary art museums. I am very satisfied with that choice! See More
Kris Dameron
· October 28, 2017
It was wonderful to have a free museum to go to. It was great having all the different exhibits and buildings. Thanks for keeping art free to the public. It reminds me of Washington DC where most muse...ums are free still. See More
Heather Villalobos
· December 31, 2017
Great collection and the price is right. My only complaint is that some of the staff are not very friendly. A little southern hospitality would be nice...
Parth Patel
· February 22, 2018
One of the security lady was racially profiling my friends and I and she followed us everywhere went. Made it annoying to enjoy things when someone is breathing down your neck.
Duncan Cameron
· February 26, 2018
Stopped by 2/26/18 just before they closed for an eight month renovation. Check for opening before visiting. Great museum. I stop by whenever passing through. Thank you.
Chris Daniel
· November 27, 2017
I prefer classic art myself, but the museum was free and there were some nice exhibits there. Staff was very protective and I felt like they were watching my every move, but it goes with the job and I... was ok with it. See More
Amanda Sanchez Castillo
· August 20, 2017
Had a wonderful time with my sons.
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 :)
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Marama Mete-Smith
· August 29, 2017
Love this place and the people who work there..We curated the Maori Collection in 2012 with the help of the Memnosyne Foundation..We hope that you are all safe from the Hurricane ��
Vickie Heath-Glosson
· June 26, 2017
I really enjoyed my first visit at the museum, beautiful pieces of art, I didn't give it a five because in the Modernism section my family and I felt as we were being profiled. I did bring it up to ...the attendant before we left and she said she wasn't aware, and then apologized. See More
Rahel Araya
· February 20, 2017
This collection was excellent. As an African I appreciate being able to view so much old African art. Very special pieces at that. I found the displays to be diverse yet full of texture and life. This... is probably one of my favorite "art" experiences thus far. Pablo Picasso paintings were invigorating as always. I also discovered an artist new to me Renee Margitt. Her pieces are technically hard and beautiful. I really can't wait to admire her work even more in the future. The only gripes I had was there was no audio. I wanted to hear more about the artists and the pieces. See More
Ray Ramirez
· March 4, 2018
Total package,This electronica producer s goal is to do a show for Menil.Stay tuned.
Brian Martin
· August 13, 2017
A great collection of art in a beautiful building and setting. A wide range of art from a range of times. Very recommended.
Carolyn Green Perry
· September 22, 2017
Beautiful space with lovely artwork. I was surprised at the range of the collection.
Ralph Desevaux
· February 25, 2018
Always a place of serenity in the chaos of Houston
Lucy Jackson
· February 3, 2017
I haven't been there in a very long time,visit with my Dad and we both enjoy the experience. The menil collection is my favorite I love all the diversity of Art they have and the staff I always so wel...coming and nice. Is a must visit place if you happen to be in Houston. Thank you so much for keeping it free and accessible to all. See More
Billy Whitaker
· June 19, 2017
Pretty impressed with the museum in general. Bigger than I expected. What a wonderful free thing to have in the city. Be sure to walk the area and discover the different buildings and the Rothko Ch...apel for some relaxation and/or meditation. See More
Trudy LeDoux
· April 21, 2017
The extensive Menil Collection never ceases to impress! I visited the Byzantine Chapel yesterday, and was in awe of the massive collection exhibit, Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project. It is almost over...whelming to witness the collection. Examining the exhibit from afar and close up kept me there for over an hour. See More
Daniel Chanis
· April 24, 2017
This is one of the jewels of Houston. I come here on Sundays just to revisit some of the phenomenal art in the permanent collection and the new works of the many excellent world class exhibits showed... through the year. See More
Jessica Adame
· September 21, 2017
Security and museum staff are so helpful! Great place to visit. :)
Luisa Cesar
· December 3, 2017
Love it, enjoy very much The Menil Collection. Will come back!

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.

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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.

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Sun 4:00 PM CDTThe Menil CollectionHouston, TX
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"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"

Hear the name de Menil or Schlumberger and thoughts immediately turn to philanthropy, wealth, power and the Renzo Piano-designed cypress, steel and glass museum over on Sul Ross. So perhaps one of the most surprising scenes in Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John ....

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."

An exclusive excerpt from a forthcoming biography of the deeply private collectors 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:

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"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.

Art collectors Dominique and Jean de Menil together became a cultural force in the 20th century.

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 us for our free Dance Talks lecture series to learn more about the works on Houston Ballet's stage and the artists behind them. Save the dates for our 2017-18 Season Dance Talks. More info coming soon!

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.

Wed 7:00 PM CSTCy Twombly GalleryHouston, TX
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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 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.

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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."