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1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400
Closed Now
Wed–Sun 11am–7pm
Free Admission
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

Menil

Special Event

Luminous: The Menil Collection’s 30th Anniversary Ball

Held on the eve of the Long Nights Moon—the name for the final full moon before the winter solstice—Luminous: The Menil Collection’s 30th Anniversary Ball, will be the spectacular culmination of a year of celebration. On December 2, 2017, Menil friends and supporters will gather to honor the enduring legacy of the Menil and its founders while celebrating its radiant future.

Designed by Todd Events and staged in a tent set on the Menil Collection’s expansive lawn, Luminous continues a tradition of artist-inspired fêtes. Illuminated by Max Ernst’s enigmatic painting Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year—a gift from the artist to the de Menils in 1955—the Menil Collection’s 30th Anniversary Ball will bring to life the enchanted, luminous world of Ernst’s Surrealist landscape. An evening not to be missed, the ball will be only the fourth in the history of the museum and will be the much-anticipated finale of a series of festivities throughout the 30th anniversary year, which will also include a Menil Contemporaries (the museum’s young patrons group) party, member and community celebrations, and public programs.

Luminous will honor Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Life Trustee of the Menil Collection, Louisa Stude Sarofim. Ball chairs include Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr, Leigh and Reggie Smith, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Adelaide de Menil Carpenter, as well as Honorary Chairs architect Renzo Piano and French ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud.

PaperCity is the Exclusive Media Sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Ball

Four Seasons Hotel Houston is the preferred hotel of the Menil Collection

Luminous The Menil Collection 30th Anniversary Ball

Honoring LOUISA STUDE SAROFIM

HONORARY CHAIRS

Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States ∙ Renzo Piano

CHAIRS

Adelaide de Menil Carpenter∙ Allison Sarofim & Stuart Parr∙ Leigh & Reggie Smith∙ Phoebe & Bobby Tudor

HOST COMMITTEE

Gail F. & Louis K. Adler∙ Henrietta Alexander∙ Eddie & Chinhui Allen∙ Judy Ley Allen∙ Nancy C. Allen∙ Wes Anderson∙ Francine & Westy Ballard∙ Suzanne Deal Booth∙ Leslie & Brad Bucher∙ Charles Butt∙ Diane & Mike Cannon∙ Bettie Cartwright∙ Clare Casademont & Michael Metz∙ John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation / Doug Lawing and Guy Hagstette ∙ Jereann Chaney ∙ Anne & Albert Chao ∙ Estela & David A. Cockrell ∙ Stephanie & Ernie Cockrell ∙ Licia & Michael Conforti ∙ Susie & Sanford Criner∙ Rania & Jamal Daniel∙ Isabel & Danny David∙ Sara Paschall Dodd∙ Tracy & Michael Eklund∙ Jana & Richard Fant∙ Martha & Richard Finger∙ Cece & Mack Fowler∙ Andee & Aziz Friedrich∙ Jo & Jim Furr∙ Barbara & Michael Gamson∙ Cullen K. Geiselman∙ Heidi & David Gerger∙ Eleanor & Dan Gilbane∙ Robert Gober∙ Blakely & Trey Griggs∙ Melanie Lawson & John Guess, Jr.∙ Agnes Gund∙ Janet Gurwitch & Ron Franklin∙ Mona Hatoum∙ Diana & Russell Hawkins∙ Janet & Paul Hobby∙ Roni Horn∙ Caroline Huber∙ Paige & Todd Johnson∙ Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee∙ Jesse H. Jones II∙ Fariha de Menil Karimnia & Bahman Karimnia∙ Carol & Neil Kelley∙ Linda & George Kelly∙ Sissy & Denny Kempner∙ Nancy & Rich Kinder∙ Anne & David Kirkland∙ Sima & Masoud Ladjevardian ∙ Janie C. Lee & David B. Warren∙ Alison Leland∙ Kelley & Steve Lubanko∙ Isabel & Ransom Lummis∙ Neal Manne & Nancy McGregor Manne∙ Matthew Marks∙ Lisa & Will Mathis∙ Gretchen & Andrew McFarland∙ Kathrine G. McGovern∙ Mary Hale Lovett McLean∙ Benjamin de Menil∙ Christophe de Menil∙ Conrad de Menil∙ John de Menil∙ Lois & Georges de Menil∙ Sophie de Menil∙ Susan & Francois de Menil∙ Janet & Harvin Moore∙ Kimball & David Moriniere∙ Anne & Jack Moriniere∙ Franci Neely∙ David & Carol Neuberger∙ Betty & Stephen Newton∙ Roy & Evelyn Nolen∙ Scott & Judy Nyquist∙ Cabrina & Steven Owsley∙ Caroline & Alfred Pacquement∙ Francesco Pellizzi∙ Carrie & Al Pepi∙ Cynthia & Anthony Petrello∙ Jessica Phifer∙ Harry & Karen Pinson∙ Susanne & William E. Pritchard III∙ Nancy & David Pustka∙ Dean Putterman∙ Elisa & Cris Pye∙ Radoff Family∙ Tommy & Isla Reckling∙ Noelle & Eric Reed∙ David Enrique Ruiz∙ Almine & Bernard Ruiz-Picasso∙ Susan & Fayez Sarofim∙ Leslie & Shannon Sasser∙ Anne Schlumberger∙ Kelly & Nicholas Silvers∙ Barbara & Louis Sklar∙ Maxwell Snow∙ Lois & George Stark∙ Ann & Karl Stern∙ Bill Stewart∙ Aliyya & Herman Stude∙ Mike Stude∙ John & Becca Cason Thrash∙ Taya Thurman∙ Richard Tuttle∙ Bridget & Patrick Wade∙ Kara Walker∙ Wendy Watriss & Fred Baldwin∙ Mark Wawro & Melanie Gray∙ Randa & K. C. Weiner∙ Lea Weingarten∙ Marcy & Tom Wessel∙ Larry & Charlotte Whaley∙ Lynn S. Wyatt∙ Elizabeth & Barry Young∙ Michael Zilkha

DONORS

Founder - $100,000+

Anonymous∙ Laura and John Arnold

Benefactor - $75,000+

Nancy C. Allen / Eddie and Chinhui Allen / Tommy and Isla Reckling∙ Janet and Paul Hobby / Marcy and Tom Wessel ∙ Sara and Bill Morgan / Kathryn and Richard Rabinow ∙ Susan and Fayez Sarofim

Patron - $50,000+

Anonymous – In Honor of Louisa Stude Sarofim ∙ Gail F. and Louis K. Adler / Linda and George Kelly ∙ Adelaide de Menil Carpenter∙ Clare Casademont and Michael Metz∙ John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation / Doug Lawing and Guy Hagstette∙ Gagosian∙ Diana and Russell Hawkins∙ Matthew Marks∙ Lois and Georges de Menil∙ Susan and Francois de Menil / Leslie and Shannon Sasser∙ Marilyn Oshman / Anne Schlumberger∙ Franci Neely / Nina and Michael Zilkha∙ Leigh and Reggie Smith∙ Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Sponsor - $25,000+

Suzanne Deal Booth∙ The Brown Foundation, Inc.∙ Leslie and Brad Bucher∙ Charles Butt∙ Jana and Richard Fant∙ FotoFest International / Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss ∙ Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin / Randy Powers∙ John and Sarah Hastings / Carrie and Al Pepi∙ Hildebrand Fund∙ Paige and Todd Johnson∙ Isabel and Ransom Lummis∙ New Mexico School for the Arts – Art Institute / SITE Santa Fe∙ Petrello Family Foundation∙ Susanne and William E. Pritchard III∙ Radoff Family∙ Noelle and Eric Reed∙ Lillie Robertson ∙ Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr∙ Bill Stewart∙ Aliyya Stude / Grégoire Billault / Sotheby’s∙ Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray ∙ Angela Westwater ∙ Vivian Wise and The Heart of Fashion, LLC