Renowned museum the Menil Collection announced on Wednesday that it will reopen its main building and Menil Drawing Institute on Sept. 12.
The Menil temporarily shuttered on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its four other art buildings will remain closed for the time being.
Upon reopening, the museum will showcase a fresh installation of works in its main building, including pieces by John Chamberlain, Mary Corse, Dan Flavin, Barkley Hendricks, Leslie Hewitt, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.
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On special loan will be “Hybrid Vigor, 1973” by Helen Frankenthaler. The painting has not been publicly exhibited in more than forty years.
The exhibits “Photography and the Surreal Imagination” and “Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings,” which opened in early 2020, have been extended.
The Museum said it will also premiere two new exhibitions. “Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon” and “Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969–1974” will launch on Sept. 26.
“Specters of Noon” will feature seven newly commissioned works by internationally renowned Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The installation responds to contemporary economic and ecological issues shared by Houston and San Juan.
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Jaramillo, in her first solo museum show, will present eight canvases from the early 1970s. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of The De Luxe Show, a racially integrated exhibition organized by the Menil Foundation in 1971 and curated by New York-based artist Peter Bradley. Jaramillo was the only woman whose works were included in the presentation.
The Menil will reopen with extensive safety protocols including mandatory face masks, social distancing and reduced visitor capacity, according to the release.
“The Menil Collection's mission is to foster direct personal encounters with works of art, and reopening the museum is something we celebrate,” director of The Menil Collection Rebecca Rabinow said in the release. “We welcome back visitors to our galleries with new installations and thought-provoking exhibitions.”
Entry to The Menil Collection, located at 1533 Sul Ross St., is free of charge.