Public Program

Conversation: Artists on Robert Motherwell

Artists Angel Otero and Joseph Havel, alongside Phong Bui, Executive Director of The Brooklyn Rail, join Edouard Kopp, Chief Curator, Menil Drawing Institute, for a conversation exploring the influence of Robert Motherwell’s work on artists today.

The talk takes place from 6–7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a public reception with the artists.

The program is presented in conjunction with the Menil’s exhibition Robert Motherwell Drawing: As Fast as the Mind Itself.

Attending the program:

This program takes place in the Menil Drawing Institute, located at 1412 West Main Street. Additional information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

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

About the artists:

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and co-founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Rail, a free monthly journal of arts, culture, and politics. He is also the publisher of Rail Editions. Bui has curated over 50 monographic and group shows since 2000, including the first anniversary commemoration in 2013 of Hurricane Sandy: Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1.

Joseph Havel is an artist primarily known for drawing and sculpture who lives and works in Houston, Texas and Menerbes, France. A selection of recent solo exhibitions include Parrot Architecture at Dallas Contemporary, Joss at Asia Society Houston, Flight Paths and Floor Plans at Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, and Parrot Architecture at Josh Pazda Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston. A 10-year retrospective of his work was presented at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2006.

Angel Otero is a Puerto Rican-born artist who currently lives and works between New York and Puerto Rico. His practice is known for employing highly innovative techniques that challenge the parameters of his materials, revealing the intrinsic qualities of paint. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY.