Public Program

Fool in the Fairytale: Niki de Saint Phalle Films

In connection with the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, the Menil presents a selection of films organized in collaboration with the artist’s niece, Arielle de Saint Phalle. The program highlights the importance of spectacle, performance, and audience in Niki de Saint Phalle’s work throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, when she began experimenting as a filmmaker.

These films offer a rare view into a pivotal decade as it was unfolding, along with a glimpse into how Saint Phalle and others around her reflected on it years later. Together, these films illuminate the many ways in which the audience participates in the myth-making at the center of the artist’s work in all mediums.

In conjunction with this online program, Aurora Picture Show and the Menil Collection co-present a screening of Saint Phalle’s second feature length-film, Un rêve plus long que la nuit (A Dream Longer Than the Night). The film is available to stream for free Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m.–Sunday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Receive a link and password by emailing programs@menil.org during this time. More information can be found here.

Films include:

My Life by Niki de Saint Phalle
1991, 25 min.

Niki Shoot by Barbro Schultz Lundestam (with original footage by Billy Klüver from 1961)
2013, 12 min.

Hon by Francois de Menil
1966, 8 min.

Niki de Saint Phalle by Francois de Menil and Monique Alexander
1982, 16 min.

The Traveling Companion by Niki de Saint Phalle
1977, 8 min.