“Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip”

“Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip”

Photo by Chryssa


Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 6 2017

Location Info:

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross
Houston, TX  77006
They were the hippest of the hip, this micro-colony of midcentury intellectuals, writers, filmmakers and poets who set up shop in an old seaport on the lower tip of Manhattan. With the Brooklyn Bridge outside their windows, these artists often looked to the water for inspiration. Now The Menil Collection showcases 27 aesthetically distinct works in “Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip,” featuring early pieces by Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Jack Youngerman, Agnes Martin and Lenore Tawney. “I was thinking about the connection between artists working with an abstract vocabulary in the ’50s and ’60s outside of the dominant school of Abstract Expressionism. It’s fascinating to think about how this diverse group of artists worked in such close proximity,” said curator Michelle White in her email to us. “I hope our visitors will share in my delight of encountering these moments, when compositions, palettes and subject matter come together.”

Dig deeper with a pair of public programs from 7 to 8 p.m. May 11 and 24. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Continuing Wednesdays through Sundays. April 14 through August 6. 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit menil.org. Free.


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