In 1969 and 1971, respectively, Dominique and John de Menil supported two exhibitions that changed notions of what an artist-curated show, or a show about race in America, might entail. Raid The Icebox I (1969) and Some American History (1971), continue to prompt discussions on what constitutes a “queer” vision and sensibility, and how race and “otherness” have been handled in museum culture generally. In this two-part lecture, Als describes these exhibitions, curatorial practice in general, and his relationship to these two shows, all within the context of Dominique de Menil’s personal and intellectual growth as a result of supporting these projects.
Als’ lectures coincide with the 50th anniversary of Some American History and The De Luxe Show. A group of paintings related to Some American History will also be on view in the Menil’s foyer, featuring artists Frank Bowling, Peter Bradley, and William T. Williams.
The first lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 2, and the second on Thursday, November 4.