Public Program

Curator Talk: Sophie Asakura on Nestor Topchy

Join Modern and Contemporary Art Curatorial Assistant, Sophie Asakura for a discussion of works on view in The Iconic Portrait Strand by Nestor Topchy. The exhibition presents more than one hundred contemporary portraits depicting artist Nestor Topchy’s (b. 1963) friends and colleagues in the art community.

A documentary by Houston filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux, titled Nestor Topchy: Houston’s Phoenix, will also be shown as part of this program. This short, twenty-minute film begins in 1986 and spans 30-years, highlighting some of the important ways that Nestor Topchy influenced Houston’s art community. Most of the archival footage, which has never been seen before, was shot by Mark Pirtle with a few additional segments contributed by the Aurora Picture Show/Andy Mann Archive.

Please note that seating for the talk and the film are limited.

Attending the program:

This program will take place in the main building, located at 1533 Sul Ross Street. Additional information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

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