Public Program

“Specters of Noon” Community Day

Join the Menil for an afternoon of outdoor programs to celebrate the exhibition Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon, on view in the museum’s main building through June 20. Picnic blankets are encouraged and food trucks will be on site!

Concert: Will Cruz and Quattro
3–4 p.m.
A concert oresented with DACAMERA of Houston fusing jazz with the Puerto Rican cuatro guitar and syncopated rhythms of the Caribbean.

“Insta-Poetry” with Writers in the Schools (WITS)
3–5 p.m.
Stop by WITS’s table near the front entrance of the museum to have a personalized poem written by an Emerging Writer. The WITS Emerging Writers Fellowship is a 12-month apprenticeship program designed for creative writers and performers ages 18–24. Emerging Writers receive comprehensive training in workshop facilitation for school and community spaces.

Poetry Reading
5–6 p.m.
Organized in collaboration with Professors Roberto Tejada and francine j. harris, and students of the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, this reading will include a selection of poems by the Martician poet Aimé Césaire, whose explorations of colonialism, environmentalism, and the afflictions of the “noonday demon” deeply impacted the making of Specters of Noon. In addition, University of Houston students will present new poetry inspired by Césaire and written in response to the themes that play a central role in the exhibition. Participating poets are Erik Brown, Christian Campbell, Rohan Chhetri, Emelie Griffin, Joy Priest, Nick Rattner, and Ryan Bollenbach.

Attending the program:

The program will take place on the Menil’s front lawn at 1533 Sul Ross Street, between Mandell and Mulberry Streets. Please bring your own picnic blankets or lawn chairs; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are required to abide by the museum’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Additional green space policies apply. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.