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Allegra Pesenti Named Chief Curator of Menil Drawing Institute

Pesenti. (Courtesy PMC)

Houston’s Menil Collection announced today that it has tapped Allegra Pesenti to be chief curator of its Menil Drawing Institute. She joins the MDI from Los Angeles’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum, where she had served as curator since 2007. Prior to that she had been assistant curator in the drawings department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. Read More

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Cuauhtémoc Medina Wins 2012 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement

Medina. (Courtesy Manifesta)

Houston’s Menil Collection announced today that its 2012 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement will go to the Mexico City–based curator Cuauhtémoc Medina, who earlier this year organized the generally well-received Manifesta 9 in Genk, Belgium. Mr. Medina will receive a $15,000 stipend for winning, and join a list of former Hopps winners that includes Eungie Joo, Maria Lind and Adam Szymczyk. Read More


Picasso Vandal Captured Red-Handed at Menil Collection

Still from cell phone video, 2012. (Courtesy Youtube)

A video of a young man shown vandalizing Pablo Picasso’s painting Woman in a Red Armchair at the Menil Collection surfaced on YouTube recently and is making the rounds. The video captures the vandal in flagrante delicto by an amateur cellphone videographer as the vandal was stenciling an image of a bullfighter killing a bull, and the word “Conquista.” Read More


Menil Collection Puts Its Interview Archives Online


The Artists Documentation Program, a branch of the Menil Collection, has opened the doors on its impressive collection of artist interviews and placed the whole archive online. Previously only available to curators and art historians, the online project was funded in association with the Whitney and the Harvard Art Museums’ Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art. Read More