Meet Me at the Menil

This fall, the big buzz is about the Menil Contemporaries, a burgeoning museum group that taps into an arts-curious audience, ages 20 to 40s, with perks such as insider tours, curator and artist encounters, and memorable experiences including behind-the-scenes peeks at installations in progress and coveted invites for weekend art treks. Loftily regarded as the jewel of the museum world, The Menil Collection is often the first cultural stop on a visiting international%26#8217;s itinerary. Those who pilgrimage there are mesmerized by both art historical and architectural riches, including the museum%26#8217;s serene main building, Renzo Piano%26#8217;s first American commission. Despite its two-plus decades, however, many Houstonians are unacquainted with the Menil%26#8217;s contemplative splendors: African, ancient, Byzantine, modern and contemporary including a cache of surrealistic offerings %26#8212; some 16,000 masterworks assiduously assembled by the late patrons Dominique and John de Menil, often cited as the Medicis of the 20th century. But its being under the hometown radar is changing faster than you can say %26#8220;Cy Twombly.%26#8221; Tip: Become a member of the Menil Contemporaries by September 15, and you%26#8217;ll receive an invite to the Contemporaries signature fall museum party, Magritte and Martinis, on Thursday, September 23, sponsored by PaperCity magazine. Memberships from $100; to join, visit or call the membership office at 713.525.9435%26nbsp;

Image: Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection.

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