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Chance Encounters: The Formation of the de Menil's African Collection
The Menil Collection
opens friday, may 26, 6 - 8 pm
Through September 10. (713) 525-9400
Over the years the de Menil's have assembled a vast collection of African art, only a small part of which has ever been seen. Come by for a special treat of objects never previously on view.
May 26–September 10, 2006
Beginning in the 1950s and accelerating in the 1960s and 1970s, John and Dominique de Menil assembled an important collection of nearly one thousand works of African art, only a small part of which has been on display since the museum opened in 1987. "Chance Encounters: The Formation of the de Menils’ African Collection" will explore the genesis of the collection, exhibit many African objects never previously on view, and put these works in dialogue with other parts of the collection to evoke the humanist framework within which this collection was conceived.
At least a nodding acquaintance with African art was not unexpected for the de Menils. They were attuned to modern artists' fascination with the strikingly abstracted art from African, Oceanic and Native American cultures.
However, other factors were clearly at work. These included the couple’s serious interest in the emerging field of African art history itself. John’s notes on each object that entered the collection form a log of his deepening relationship with the object, recording information gleaned over time through consultation with experts. [...]