Public Program

Artist Talk: William T. Williams

Join the Menil Collection for a talk with artist William T. Williams. Williams is joined by the Menil’s Senior Curator Michelle White for a conversation about his commitment to abstraction throughout his career, which spans more than five decades. Known for his bold color and daring compositions, the artist has cultivated a process-based approach to painting that synthesizes autobiographical reference, social narrative, and formal motifs inspired by specific cultural histories.

As always, Menil programs are free and open to all.

The Artist Talk series is supported by a gift from the Cockrell Family Fund.

Attending the program:

This program takes place in the main building, located at 1533 Sul Ross St. All visitors are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth while inside of our art buildings. For additional protocols, click here.

Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is not required.

About the artist:

William T. Williams was born in 1942 in Cross Creek, North Carolina, and currently lives and works between Connecticut and New York City. He received his MFA from Yale University in 1968. Williams initiated the artist-in-residence program at The Studio Museum in Harlem and is a founder of Smokehouse Associates, a collective of artists who developed community-oriented public art projects in Harlem. He is the recipient of numerous awards of distinction, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and is represented in over thirty public collections.