After a seven-month renovation project, the Menil Collection, located adjacent to the University of St. Thomas on Sul Ross street, reopened its doors on September 22. More than 2,000 guests attended the opening ceremony.
New art exhibits include Claes Oldenburg and the Geometric Mouse, and sculptures by Leslie Hewitt, according to Paul R. Davis, the museum’s curator. Facility upgrades, meanwhile, involved new pine flooring, enhanced exterior and gallery lighting, and updated restrooms to provide a “subtle yet substantial refreshment of the building,” according to the Menil website.
Since 1987, the museum has been home to art pieces ranging from the prehistoric period to the modern day era, including central African artifacts and surrealism pieces, Davis said.
Its permanent collection includes pieces from artists such as Francois de Nome and Gabrielle Matthias, who have been “wonderful rediscoveries” that attract the attention of guests whenever they visit, he added.
The museum is free and open to the public. For $100 a year, however, members get special benefits such as gallery talks with curators.
“We really respect people for engaging with art in their own way,” Davis said.