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Free Admission
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Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

Menil

The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections

Feb 24 – Jun 18, 2017
Main Building

“When I see a white piece of paper,” the artist Ellsworth Kelly once remarked, “I feel like I've got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything."

In anticipation of the opening of the Menil Drawing Institute in October 2017, the museum presents The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections in the museum’s main building. The show highlights promised gifts from the collections of Janie C. Lee and Louisa Stude Sarofim, as well as works from David Whitney’s 2005 bequest. The works featured will continue to shape the core of the Menil's collection.

Through drawings spanning from the mid-19th to late 20th century, a range of narratives and art histories will emerge: the possibility of experimentation inherent to the medium; the role of drawing in artistic and art historical research; and the pleasure, joy, and challenge that drawing offers. As a form that transcends discipline—it is as valuable to the choreographer, composer, and archaeologist as it is to the architect and artist—drawing acts as a common language between creative cultures.

The Beginning of Everything celebrates the profound generosity of three trustees and patrons. Their leadership—matched by the Menil’s board of trustees—initiated planning for the Menil Drawing Institute, which has been a program of the Menil since 2008.

This exhibition is generously supported by Clare Casademont and Michael Metz; Chinhui and Eddie Allen; Anne and David Kirkland; Marilyn Oshman; Leslie and Shannon Sasser; Michael Zilkha; and the City of Houston

Artists

Magdalena Abakanowicz
Frank Auerbach
Balthus
George Baselitz
Joseph Beuys
Vija Celmins
Paul Cézanne
Willem de Kooning
Edgar Degas
Dan Flavin
Helen Frankenthaler
Alberto Giacometti
Robert Gober
Arshile Gorky
Philip Guston
Eva Hesse
Jasper Johns
Ellsworth Kelly
Anselm Kiefer
Lee Krasner
Brice Marden
Agnes Martin
Piet Mondrian
Bruce Nauman
Georgia O’Keeffe
Claes Oldenburg
Jackson Pollock
Robert Rauschenberg
Richard Serra
Frank Stella
Cy Twombly
Rachel Whiteread
Terry Winters