What is the Menil Contemporaries Fund?

The Menil Contemporaries has joined The Campaign for the Menil through the creation of the Menil Contemporaries Fund, a $250,000 crowdfunding effort.

What will the Menil Contemporaries Fund support?

Determined by a vote at the Menil Contemporaries Fund Dinner on June 2, 2016, the Fund will support neighborhood greening—helping to ensure the development, maintenance, and preservation of the Menil’s green spaces for years to come.

How can I support the Menil Contemporaries Fund?

Contributions, of any size, will help us reach our goal of $250,000 for this important fund. With your gift, you not only support neighborhood greening efforts but you also provide vital financial support to the Menil as part of the historic The Campaign for the Menil. The Menil Contemporaries Fund is your opportunity to have an impact not only on this campaign but on the future of the Menil Collection.

Marcel Wanders’ Sponge Vase Supporting the Menil Contemporaries Fund

The Menil Collection collaborated with renowned Dutch artist Marcel Wanders to produce a limited edition Sponge Vase for the museum’s 25th anniversary. As the Menil celebrates its 30th anniversary year in 2017, we are bringing back this piece for a limited time at the Menil Collection Bookstore.

Each vase is unique: a natural sponge is dipped in liquid porcelain clay and oven-cured, leaving behind a perfect replica of its individual shape. The majority of the sales proceeds will benefit the Menil Contemporaries Fund.

To purchase, please visit the Menil Collection Bookstore.

1520 Sul Ross Street Houston, TX 77006

Wednesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Menil Collection is grateful to the following individuals for their generous lead commitments to the Menil Contemporaries Fund:

Eddie and Chinhui Allen

Liz Anders & Associates

Wirt Blaffer

Sara Cain

Cullen K. Geiselman

Kelly Hamman and The Watson Foundation

Madeline Kelly

Sara Kelly

Leigh-Ann Laughlin

Katherine M. Lummis

Mr. Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Marks

John McLaughlin

Whitney and Katie Mears

Jennifer Nelsen

Joshua Newcomer and Tejal Shah

Jessica Phifer

Ina Kuehnhoefer-Riley and Philip Riley

Sarah Beth and Paul Seifert

Kelly and Nicholas Silvers

Caroline Starry

Stella McCartney Houston

Jennifer and David Strauss

Judd Swanson

Chester Urban

Mark Wawro & Melanie Gray and The Wawro-Gray Family Foundation

Lea Weingarten and The Weingarten Art Group

Marcy Taub Wessel and The Taub Foundation

Benjamin Wilcox

Meredith Xavier

Elizabeth and Barry Young

Menil Contemporaries Steering Committee

Jessica Phifer, Chair
Whitney Mears, Vice Chair
Kelly Hamman, Chair, Menil Contemporaries Fund
Mitchell Baldridge
Sara Cain
Leigh-Ann Laughlin
John McLaughlin
Jennifer Nelsen
Joshua Newcomer
Ina Kuehnhoefer-Riley
Philip Riley
Paul Seifert
Caroline Starry
David Strauss
Judd Swanson
Questions? Please contact the Advancement Department at 713.535.3174 or contemporaries@menil.org.