The Menil Collection is an art museum located in Houston, Texas, USA, in a 30-acre neighborhood of art. The main building houses special exhibitions and the permanent collection, and it anchors a campus with three other museum buildings: two are dedicated to single artists (Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin) and another to year-long installation projects; a fourth building is under construction for a drawing institute.
Public programs to attract, educate, and inspire diverse audiences are vital to the life of the Menil. Exhibiting artists lecture or perform; curators and scholars explore exhibitions, collections, and artworks; music, dance, and poetry performances are held; and there is an annual lecture that focuses on an artist in the collection and a symposium exploring a theme in a research fellow’s work. Programs are organized to foster conversation. The museum and the campus aim to be an oasis in the midst of daily life that offers each viewer a moment to pause, reflect, and reinvigorate.