Menil Contemporaries

Cocktails with a Curator: “Longing, Grief, and Spirituality: Art Since 1980”

Menil Contemporaries members are invited for an evening of cocktails and conversation. Join Michelle White, Senior Curator, for a special exploration of the exhibition Longing, Grief, and Spirituality: Art Since 1980, featuring works created over the past forty years, many of which are in the museum’s permanent collection.

This display presents artists’ response to the precariousness of life through the expression of longing, grief, and spirituality, and highlights a myriad of artistic approaches to political issues of the past decades.

Artworks include Kara Walker’s powerful 40-foot-long silhouette work, Freedom Fighters for the Society of Forgotten Knowledge, Northern Domestic Scene, 2005; Andy Warhol’s expansive late painting, The Last Supper, 1985; Mel Chin’s monumental sculpture Our Strange Flower of Democracy, 2005, on special loan from the artist; and a major recent acquisition by Nari Ward, Say Can You See, 2021.

RSVP by January 30, charvey@menil.org.

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