Hiding in Plain Sight, the Menil Collection feature in the December issue reveals one of my favorite â€œhideawaysâ€ from the holiday frenzy when I visit family in Houston. Luckily, my brother Louis lives within a short driving distance, making the Menil a frequent museum haunt, plus admission is free.
I look forward to strolling through the Surrealist and Modern Art sections, and also visiting some of my favorites in the collection, such as Jasper Johnsâ€™ Gray Alphabet (if youâ€™re not familiar with this work, the title says it all) and the Sumerian statue of Eannatum, Prince of Lagash in the Antiquities room, the piece I affectionately call â€œChauncey Gardnerâ€ as it bears a resemblance to the Peter Sellers character in the film Being There.
However, Iâ€™m a bit embarrassed to admit that there are areas of the Menil which Iâ€™ve never explored, such as the Cy Twombly or Dan Flavin galleries, vibrantly depicted in Decemberâ€™s feature. On my next visit, Iâ€™ll make time to experience it. And Iâ€™ll be sure to ride the red swing on the museum grounds, another â€œinstallationâ€ Iâ€™ve never noticed.