Portraits of Women from the Collection

Mar 16 – Nov 10, 2024
Main Building

This installation presents portraits of women from the Menil’s collection.

Alongside a plaster sculpture of a contemplative and seated figure by Pop artist George Segal is a series of silkscreened paintings by Andy Warhol of Jermayne MacAgy, commissioned in the 1960s by museum founders, John and Dominique de Menil. A close and influential friend of the couple, the late Houston-based curator and art historian was one of the very first subjects of the artist’s now legendary group of square-format portraits.

The display also highlights a new acquisition by renowned American painter Alice Neel, the 1977 portrait of the New York-based artist and activist Faith Ringgold.

Michelle White, Senior Curator, The Menil Collection, speaks about Alice Neel’s painting “Faith Ringgold,” 1977.