A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s is a collection of work by the contemporary artist while he was in grad school in California. The show covers from 64 to 69, says Menil Collection assistant curator Miranda Lash. It was a very prolific period. He moved from drawing to fiberglass to studio pieces to sculpture to sound work. Its just really this freewheeling period of experimentation where he just wasnt afraid to try anything.
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The exhibits title, A Rose Has No Teeth, comes from Naumans interest in wordplay and the construction of meaning. Even if you can make a sentence that is grammatically correct, it doesnt mean that it has useful information or meaning, says Lash. Naumans first attempt at art for the outdoors, the series A Rose Has No Teeth is seen in three versions in the exhibit. One is a plaque made of polyester resin, one is made of lead and one is a drawing of a plaque with instructions that the finished work be attached to a tree in the woods so that it will be grown over. All three Teeth are on exhibit, along with more than 100 other Nauman works, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Jan. 13, 2007