''Silence,'' The Menil Collection’s latest exhibit, examines the role that silence plays in a world ruled by ever-shifting media. From paintings and sculpture to film and dance, the works on display give insight into how silence affects the creative process and, more important, how one responds to this increasingly scarce commodity. The exhibition consists of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection as well as works on loan from public and private institutions across the United States and Europe.
The iconic artworks on display include Robert Morris’s Box with the Sound of its Own making, a wooden box containing a recording of its construction; Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting (Two Panel), a study of a white canvas; and John Cage’s 4’33,” a piano composition in which the only sound comes from the audience’s surroundings. This diverse exhibit also includes works from heavy hitters Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, David Hammons, Tehching Hsieh, Jennie C. Jones, Jacob Kirkegaard, René Magritte, Mark Manders, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Doris Salcedo and Tino Sehgal.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: July 27. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012