Walk Through History with the de Menil’s

By | July 24, 2012
Menil Collection in Montrose
Image used courtesy of Creative Commons license care of @blacque_jacques on flickr

In conjunction with the museum’s 25th Anniversary, Menil Collection is launching walking cell phone tours of the community beginning in August.

From VisitHoustonTexas.com, “The legacy of John and Dominique de Menil and their world-renowned collection is an entire neighborhood of art, nestled in a quiet tree-lined section of the Montrose. Over several decades architects such as Howard Barnstone, Philip Johnson and Renzo Piano helped the de Menils realize their campus vision, from the museum buildings themselves to the gray bungalows to the green spaces adorned with outdoor sculptures. What resulted was a neighborhood conducive to the type of  ‘chance encounters’ that came to define the Menil experience.”

Dominique De Menil leads Houstonians on a tour through her legacy
Take a tour with Dominique De Menil of her legacy | Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. UH Digital Library

The narrations are taken from rare recordings in the Menil archive and highlight the vision of the founders and the diversity of the neighborhood that houses their collection.  Guests are guided by the voices of the de Menils, Renzo Piano and others who assisted in shaping this unique part of Houston around 17 sites and stops along the early 20th Century blocks of Sul Ross and Branard streets.

The audio tours will be ongoing and information will be available inside Menil Collection beginning in August.

Read more at VisitHoustonTexas.com.

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