Public Program

“Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s:” Art, Music, and a Monster Movie

In celebration of the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, join the Menil for an evening of outdoor music and a film screening. Get into the spirit of the 1960s with tunes by DJ Darenda Weaver followed by a screening of the film Gorgo (1961), which inspired Saint Phalle’s depiction of monsters destroying modern cities in her work.

4–6 p.m.:
DJ Darenda Weaver spins a selection of French and American music from the 1960s

6–7:30 p.m.:
Outdoor screening of Gorgo, with an introduction by the Menil’s Senior Curator, Michelle White.

Visit the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, on view until January 23, 2022.

Food trucks will be on-site, including Coffee Q, Houston Sauce, and El Charro Joshua.

Attending the program:

This event takes place on the Menil’s front lawn at 1533 Sul Ross Street, between Mandell and Mulberry Streets. Food trucks will be available on Mulberry Street. Please bring your own picnic blankets or lawn chairs. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held on Sunday, December 12, and an announcement will be made on this page.

About DJ Darenda Weaver:

Darenda Weaver is a native Houstonian with an interest in records from the Bayou City. She became interested in records when she was 16 after discovering her dad’s punk, power pop, and glam records. Through power pop, she found mod revival which inspired her to dig deeper into what those artists were into, which led her to 1960’s music (mod, soul, r&b, yeye, girl groups, bluebeat, ska etc). She started her own DJ night, Space City Mod Club, and assembled the all-female DJ group, Here Come The Girls (HTX). She has been a guest DJ at local DJ nights in Houston, such as A Fistful of Soul, Tighten’ Up Soul Weekender and Shakin’ All Over.