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This week's #BlackHistoryMonth artist feature is American artist #AlmaThomas Thomas, who worked almost exclusively in paint, developed her distinct style of abstraction in Washington, DC, after retiring from a 35 year career as a public school art teacher at age 70. This small drawing from circa 1969 measures just 9 by 9 inches and was made in advance of a larger version on canvas. It is currently on view in the modern galleries in our main museum building. #RediscoverMenil
This evening at 7 p.m. in the #MenilDrawingInstitute , you are invited to celebrate the opening of the first part of the two part exhibition, "Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw." The presentation will feature Horn’s encompassing drawings, some over ten feet tall. They belie their scale through the artist's intricate passages of jotted notes. This program is free and open to everyone. #RoniHorn
Happy #ValentinesDay ! This heart-shaped sculpture in our collection by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle is titled "Valentine" (ca. 1963 ). Part of her "tirs" series, meaning fire or gunshot in French, the artist or other participants fired .22 caliber rifles into reliefs coated in white plaster, made of found objects and embedded with bags of oil paint or aerosol cans. Of her shooting paintings, the artist explained "There is not such a great difference between construction and destruction. What I’m trying to do is to create poetry through destruction and I think it is beautiful."
For over thirty years drawing has been fundamental to the practice of contemporary American artist #RoniHorn (b. 1955 ), whose work revolves around the mutability of identity and the fragility of place, time, and language. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., we invite you to the opening reception for "Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw" at the #MenilDrawingInstitute The first part of this two-part exhibition will feature Horn's encompassing drawings, some over ten feet tall. The program is free and open to everyone.
As part of the Menil’s ongoing lecture series with contemporary artists, British artist #TacitaDean will give a talk this evening at 6 p.m. in our main building. Join Dean for a discussion on how her work in film, photography, and drawing explores poetic possibilities such as the phenomena of passing time and the nature of creative production. This program is free and open to everyone. Seating is limited.
A collaboration between the Menil, the @diaartfoundation , and the artist himself, the Cy Twombly Gallery opened #onthisday in 1995. In the early 1990s, the Menil approached Twombly about a single-artist installation. Taken with the idea, the artist became intimately involved in both the building and the selection and placement of artworks. 24 years later, the original installation remains largely unchanged. Visit the #CyTwombly Gallery Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, always.
The public are invited to a free gallery talk tomorrow, February 10, at 3 p.m. in our main building. Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Irene Shum will speak on #JohnCage ’s monumental watercolor "New River Rocks and Smoke" (1990 ) and the innovative techniques used to create this work. The drawing is on view for the first time in 22 years in "Collection Close-Up: John Cage."
Chicago-based contemporary artist #TheasterGates (b. 1973 ) produces socially engaged art through a practice that includes sculpture, architecture, installation, and performance. In Gates's "Civil Tapestry" series, he constructs sculptural works from flattened, decommissioned fire hoses. The worn yellow hoses that comprise "Hose for Fire and Other Tragic Encounters" (2014, pictured center ) are stamped with numbers and text such as "Angus Supply Hose," reminding viewers that they once served as fire hoses. This material recalls the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and specifically the Birmingham campaign of 1963, during which time pro-integration demonstrators were violently hosed by civic authorities. This work is currently on view the contemporary galleries in our main museum building. #RediscoverMenil #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
#Menil members are invited to join us for our annual festive party tomorrow evening from 7–9 p.m. ✨ Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live music in the main building foyer. Don’t miss this special opportunity to stroll through the museum after hours! #RediscoverMenil If you are not currently a member, visit menil.org to join today.
Join us in the main building tomorrow, February 6, at 7 p.m. for a conversation with artist #TrentonDoyleHancock ( @trenton_doyle_hancock ) and Senior Curator Michelle White. They will discuss the artist's unique approach to storytelling through drawing on the occasion of the Menil's presentation of the recently acquired group of his drawings, "Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw!" in "Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock." This program is free and open to everyone.
In #MaxErnst 's "Surrealism and Painting (Le Surréalisme et la peinture )" (1942 ), an iridescent, bird-like creature paints an abstract picture of green daubs overlaid with crossing black lines. The artist described creating these lines through oscillation, a technique of his own invention that involved swinging a perforated tin can full of liquid paint over a flat canvas. Like many #Surrealist techniques, this may be understood as an attempt to liberate creative practice from the artist's conscious control. This work is on view now in the #MenilCollection #Surrealism galleries. #RediscoverMenil
In her @houstonchron review of "Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock" Molly Glentzer writes that "this show may be Hancock’s best ever." The exhibition features "Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw!," a series of thirty works on paper by Houston-based artist #TrentonDoyleHancock that combines illustrations and text in a comic strip-like format
Today marks the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth in the United States. Each week this month we will feature an African American artist on view at the #Menil First, #JoeOverstreet 's "Ancestral God" (1971 ) and "Free Direction" (1971 ) are currently on view in the main building contemporary galleries. In his work, Overstreet grappled with the politics of identity and the legacy of abstraction. The artist's incorporation of rope into his painting, for example, quietly yet forcefully refers to the history of lynchings of African Americans in the United States. "Ancestral God" (pictured ) is constructed from five pieces of stitched canvas. Ropes, extending from the metal grommets in the corners of the fabric, create geometric and faceted planes of reds, blues, and purples that hover off of the wall, evoking a tent or a sail. Overstreet described his "nomadic art" as an object that could quickly roll up and travel. #BHM #RediscoverMenil
John and Dominique de Menil, founders of the #MenilCollection , maintained close personal relationships with a number of artists including #MarkRothko #Menil members are invited to a noontime talk this Friday, February 1, with Curatorial Assistant Haley Berkman Karren to learn about this special friendship and the acquisition of the artist's paintings on view in the main museum building.
Please note that beginning Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the #MenilDrawingInstitute will temporarily close to the public for the installation of a new exhibition of work by #RoniHorn Join us for the public opening of "Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw" on Thursday, February 14 at 7 p.m. for a preview of the exhibition. Photo: @kveulolnyg