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1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400
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Free Admission
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

Menil

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s

Sep 10, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
Main Building

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s is the first exhibition to focus on the experimental work of French American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) during this pivotal decade. It features numerous works from European collections that will be displayed in the United States for the first time.

The exhibition explores a transformative ten-year period in Saint Phalle’s work when she embarked on two significant series: the Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” and the powerful Nanas, lively sculptures of the female form. Affirming the artist’s place in postwar art history, this show highlights these prescient works of performative, participatory, and feminist art, as well as her transatlantic projects and collaborations. Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s brings together major paintings, assemblages, and sculptures from this prolific chapter in the artist’s career, as well as extensive film and photographic documentation from the Menil Collection Archives.

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s is co-curated by Michelle White, Senior Curator, the Menil Collection, and Jill Dawsey, PhD, Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. A catalogue for the exhibition will be available September 2021.

Major funding for this exhibition in Houston is provided by a gift in memory of Virginia P. Rorschach; and Bettie Cartwright. Additional support comes from Julie and John Cogan Jr.; Robin and Andrew Schirrmeister; Niki Charitable Art Foundation; and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Research for this exhibition was supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.