Public Program

Land Mark Land Scape

The Menil and Aurora Picture Show copresent an outdoor screening of short films on Land Art, organized in conjunction with the Menil Drawing Institute’s exhibition, Dream Monuments: Drawings in the 1960s and 1970s. Curated by Mary Magsamen of Aurora Picture Show, the program will include films from the late 1960s and 1970s about artists associated with the Earthworks movement, as well as more recent videos by a younger generation of artists whose work engages with themes of landscape, monumentality, and the politics of land use.

Attending the screening:

This program takes place in West Main Green, adjacent to the Menil Drawing Institute. It is free and open to the public. Limited outdoor seating is available, and picnic blankets are encouraged. Guests are required to abide by the Menil Collection’s green space policy. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here. Cancellations due to weather may occur. Please check our website for any updates prior to the event. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held on Saturday, August 28.

About the exhibition:

Dream Monuments: Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s presents drawings that challenge the conventional idea of the monument as a permanent, grand, or commemorative form. The provisional character of drawing helped artists envision forms in improbable scales and for impossible conditions, radically transforming the monument to have a new set of sensibilities. Scaled to the size of the page but enormous in ambition, these works rethink history while rendering environments at turns as absurd, surreal, and subjective. The exhibition is on view from May 21 to September 19 and is cocurated by Erica DiBenedetto, guest curator, and Kelly Montana, Assistant Curator at the Menil Drawing Institute.