Menil Contemporaries

Cocktails with a Curator: Nestor Topchy

Menil Contemporaries members are invited for an evening of cocktails and conversation. Join Artist Nestor Topchy and Senior Curator Michelle White as they discuss the series of over 100 portraits made in the past 20 years by the Houston-based artist in his debut Menil exhibition The Iconic Portrait Strand by Nestor Topchy.

The small paintings, with their gold backgrounds, resemble Byzantine icons; however, rather than represent religious figures, Topchy depicts friends and colleagues in the art community. The artist has explained that his approach connects the past to the present and lends a unique effect to his contemporary subjects: “To paint a mortal in the sea of gold light, alone—is to propose a saintliness that dwells within all people.”

RSVP by August 8, charvey@menil.org.

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Menil Contemporaries programming is generously sponsored by Barry and Elizabeth Young/UBS.