Loading
Closed Now
Wed–Sun 11am–7pm
Free Admission
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

Public Program

“On Freedom”: A Reading and Conversation with Maggie Nelson

The Menil Collection and Inprint co-present an online reading and conversation with author Maggie Nelson. Nelson will give a brief reading from her new book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (Graywolf Press, 2021), followed by a conversation with the Menil’s Senior Curator, Michelle White. Their discussion will consider Nelson’s most recent book, her work more broadly, and how it intersects with themes explored in the Menil’s current exhibition, Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s.

Attending the program:

This program takes place online. The live event will stream directly on this page and the Menil’s YouTube channel. Registration is not required.

Submit your questions for the speakers in advance and during the program to programs@menil.org.

About the author:

Maggie Nelson is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry and prose, most recently On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (2021). In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

About the book:

On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint is a bold, boundary-pushing, provocative work that explores the notion of freedom through four lenses: art, sex, drugs, and the climate. Drawing on a vast range of critical thinking and writing on the subject, Nelson sidesteps conventional debates over political freedom and instead explores how we might consider, experience, or talk about the concept of “freedom” apart from toxic or tired iterations of the term. Thinking is the ethic that drives the book—what Nelson seeks, ultimately, is for readers to come to their own conclusions about issues that are vital to the very way we move through the world.