Art and Activism surveys John and Dominique de Menil’s projects in art, architecture, and civil and human rights, initiatives that deeply affected the city of Houston and often national and even international communities. Essays and short texts describe the de Menils’ collecting; their patronage of modern architecture; their promotion of film as an art form; their struggles with their adopted hometown’s conservative arts community; their involvement in Houston’s Civil Rights movement and human rights projects worldwide; their art commissions and the initiation of scholarly projects such as catalogues raisonnés; the establishment of the Rothko Chapel and its ecumenical mission; and the creation of the Menil Collection and the satellite buildings. Includes a detailed timeline and comprehensive exhibition history.
About the Authors
Co-edited by Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection, and Laureen Schipsi, publisher at the Menil Collection
Texts by Suzanne Deal Booth, William Camfield, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Mel Chin, Bertrand Davezac, Christophe de Menil, Clare Elliott, Stephen Fox, Pia Gottschaller, Walter Hopps, Richard Ingersoll, Thomas McEvilley, Gerald O’Grady, Deloyd Parker, Francesco Pellizzi, Renzo Piano, Pamela Smart, Simone Swan, Dorthea Tanning, Kristina Van Dyke, Alvia Wardlaw, and Paul Winkler