Plan a visit to the nation’s first stand-alone museum dedicated to contemporary drawing.
From Leonardo da Vinci to Frida Kahlo, the world’s most celebrated artists have created troves of drawings, usually on conventional paper but also on such varied materials as cardboard, wood, and, in the case of Pablo Picasso, even cocktail napkins. Although a prolific art form, because of their fragility and sensitivity to light exposure, sketches like this have received comparatively scant attention in museum galleries—at least until now.
In 2018, the Menil Drawing Institute opened as a museum with the explicit mission to study, acquire, conserve, exhibit, and store contemporary drawings. Part of a 30-acre campus of galleries, studios, and gardens in an unassuming midcentury residential neighborhood in Houston, the institute was designed by the Los Angeles firm of Johnston Marklee. The institute’s striking yet simple-looking rectilinear home comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology—such as special humidification, lighting, and flood-prevention systems—meant to preserve the Menil’s rapidly growing collection of 2,500 works for generations to come. To learn more about the Menil Drawing Institute, request your digital copy of The Cultural Traveler – Exploring America by clicking HERE