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Have you wondered why we have a sculpture on view in a building created to house drawings? #RuthAsawa 's "Untitled (S.228, Hanging Six-Lobed, Discontinuous Surface (3 sections) with Interlocked Top Section)" (ca. 1956) is a suspended sculpture that explores line in three dimensions. The artist herself understood this art form in terms of drawing, saying, "I was interested in [the technique] because of the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out. It’s still transparent. I realized that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and interweave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere." Photo: @carterefoster

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Houston-based artist and jewelry maker Kari Breitigam creates minimalist statement jewelry. Her limited-edition designs combine fiber, clay, metal, and hand-dyed textiles using natural fibers such as linen, cotton, and silk. Join us at the @menilbookstore this Friday, May 24, from 6?8 p.m. for a special opportunity to view and purchase Breitigam?s jewelry. This event is free and open to all.

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#Menil conservators have a regular dusting schedule for all the sculptures on view in the museum that are not placed under vitrines, including #JeanTinguely 's "Dissecting Machine" (1965), which is currently on view in our main building. Pictured here is Associate Objects Conservator Kari Dodson carefully cleaning the work. Because "Dissecting Machine" is a kinetic artwork, the conservation team also periodically checks that all the nuts and bolts are sufficiently tight (they can work themselves loose during operation) so that the work functions properly.

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Did you catch the #AndyWarhol retrospective at the @whitneymuseum earlier this year? If not, you have another chance. "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again" opens today at @sfmoma in San Francisco. There are a number of works from our collection on view, including "Big Electric Chair" (1967). #MeetAndy #MenilontheMove

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The most imposing creation of Russian icon painting, the #iconostasis was a wall of permanently fixed icons separating the sanctuary from the congregational areas of the church. Smaller, portable iconostases, such as this one, began to appear in the second half of the 16th century. Such portable churches may have been used for worship during travel or by soldiers during military campaigns, but they were principally instruments of private devotion. Scholars have linked the development of these portable iconostases to the privatization of devotion that took place as Orthodoxy responded to the Protestant Reformation (1517 to 1648). This painting is currently on view in our #Byzantine galleries in our main building. #RediscoverMenil Portable Iconostasis, mid 17th–19th century. Russia, possibly Yaroslavl. The #MenilCollection , Houston

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Tonight at 7 p.m., join author, curator, and activist #LucyLippard for this year's Marion Barthelme Lecture. Lippard will discuss land art at the Menil, including work by #MichaelHeizer , pictured here, in conjunction with her book on the subject, "Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West." This program is free and open to everyone. Photo: @artnews

6 days ago

Did you know that the Menil Collection incorporates more than 30 acres? One of our most popular Members Noontime Talks is back tomorrow, May 17. Director of Operations Melissa McDonnell Luján will take #Menil members on a walk, sharing the history of the neighborhood and highlighting the ways that our art buildings and landscaping are designed to complement one another. Not a member yet? Join today at Photo: @txc84

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Proliferating during the first half of the 20th century, little magazines functioned as virtual salons, galleries, and forums—spaces where creators, editors, critics, and readers presented and considered radical ideas in art, literature, politics, and philosophy. This year's Vivian L. Smith Foundation Symposium, "Little Magazines: The Revolution Will Be Circulated," is tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers include Mary Ann Caws ( @cunyedu ), Katharine Conley ( @william_and_mary ), and Lori Cole ( @nyuniversity ). The symposium's moderator, Douglas Cushing, is a doctoral candidate in art history at @utaustintx and the 2018–2019 Vivian L. Smith Fellow at the #MenilCollection. This program is free and open to everyone.

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Matter/Framer Mina Gaber is preparing for our upcoming exhibition "Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning," which opens June 26. Drawing from the #Menil 's collection of frames, she is retrofitting a number of frames to accommodate these works on paper. Here, Gaber performs some small repairs and painting on one frame for the exhibition.

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Happy #MothersDay from the #Menil ! This photograph, "Alongside Interstate 45 Freeway - Boy with Mother" (1957), by Henri Cartier-Bresson is part of our permanent collection. Cartier-Bresson is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of street photography, a form dedicated to capturing telling moments in the public sphere. In 1957, John and Dominique de Menil commissioned the artist to take photographs around Houston, one of which is this capture of a mother and son. All of our art buildings and @menilbookstore are open today with regular hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Image: #HenriCartierBresson , "Alongside Interstate 45 Freeway - Boy with Mother," 1957. The #MenilCollection , Houston. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

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"Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock" ( @trenton_doyle_hancock ) features the Houston-based artist's series of 30 drawings installed in a shed inside the gallery surrounded by a new tableau of related site-specific drawings. This is the artist’s first overt confrontation of racial injustice, blending anecdotes from his upbringing in North Texas, the political history of racism in the American South, and art historical references to the hooded and masked figures in the work of modern American painter Philip Guston. The exhibition is on view in our main building through next Sunday, May 19. #TrentonDoyleHancock #MenilCollection

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These handmade cats by Texas-based artist Jacquie Wheeler are crafted with up-cycled cashmere sweaters. We have these soft toys in @menilbookstore in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns. No two are exactly alike!

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#JohnCage made this drawing, "New River Rocks and Smoke" (1990), by first exposing the large scroll over an open fire in eight-foot widths, allowing the smoke to deposit soot on the dampened surface. Next, he traced around rocks from the New River in Virginia with paint applied by feather brushes of varying sizes. Echoing the famous dry rock garden in the Zen temple Ryōanji in Kyoto, Japan, the drawing includes 15 large stones. See "Collection Close-Up: John Cage" in our main building before it closes this Sunday, May 12.

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Houston-based artist #TrentonDoyleHancock 's series of drawings "Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw!" is installed in a shed in our main building designed by the artist. Constructed in the center of the gallery and illuminated by a single light bulb, it echoes the story told in the drawings. On the exterior of the structure and the surrounding gallery walls, the artist has created a new tableau of related site-specific drawings, extending the narrative beyond the thirty framed works. See "Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock" at the #Menil through May 19.

2 weeks ago

Mother's Day is this Sunday! The @menilbookstore has a selection of cards, books, and special gifts for mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be. This delicate silk scarf is based on #MickaleneThomas 's "A Little Taste Outside of Love" (2007). Featuring an all over print with hand rolled edges, the scarf's imagery communicates notions of femininity, power, and identity. Visit the bookstore Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is located across from the main building at 1520 Sul Ross Street. #MothersDay #Menil

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Today is the final day to see part I of "Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw" in the #MenilDrawingInstitute. You will want to see these massive drawings—some over 10 feet tall—in person. The works are distinguished by their abutting paper edges, small notations, dense color, and baroque configurations of intricately assembled fragments of cut paper. The museum is open today 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, always.

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"These drawings breathe, they invite, they are indescribable. The only thing absolutely true about them happens during that walk you make to get closer, always closer. Trust your eyes: nothing is steady, easy, or clear. And, that is infinitely beautiful."—Laura August for @artsandculturetx on "Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw." The exhibition is on view in the #MenilDrawingInstitute through this Sunday, May 5.

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"For me one of the most compelling aspects is that I don't know where I’m going to wind up. I get a kick out of that."—Artist #RoniHorn tells the @houstonchron about her massive drawings. See the exhibition in the #MenilDrawingInstitute through this Sunday, May 5.