If you love Smither Park — and what’s not to love about East End’s whimsical and colorful, ever-evolving public space decorated with found and repurposed objects — you’re going to appreciate the new exhibit at The Menil Collection. “As Essential As Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither” includes equally unique and colorful pieces collected by Stephanie and John Smithers. Curator Michelle White, who organized the exhibit, says “what really is cool” is the wide variety represented in the exhibit. “We go from Japan to Belgium to the early 20th century to work being done now,” says White. “Having this diversity proves it’s an indefinable category.” She says the works are not what we expect to see in a museum. “We want to have fun with the conversations.” There’s an opening reception with a mini art car parade from 7 to 9 p.m. June 9, a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on June 15, and a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on September 29. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit menil.org. Free.
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