This lavishly illustrated book is the first to examine the significant contributions of John and Dominique de Menil to art, architecture, film, and the civil and human rights movements. The de Menils, who moved to Houston from France in 1941, amassed one of the world's great private art collections and became passionately involved in the cause of human rights.
The volume includes a discussion of the building of the de Menils' art collection; their patronage of modern architecture in Houston; their embrace of modernism; their leadership in Houston's civil rights movement and in human rights projects worldwide; their commissioning of works of art; their involvement in early film education and documentary filmmaking; and their establishment of the Rothko Chapel, the Menil Collection, the Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. Vintage photographs, including those taken by Henri Cartier Bresson and Eve Arnold, previously unpublished correspondence with artists, and an illustrated chronology all add to this textured tribute to the de Menils' extraordinary achievements.
"Beautiful. . . . Art and Activism is an indispensable history of several pivotal decades in the development of Houston's art scene."—Douglas Britt, Chron~Douglas Britt, Chron
"Art and Activism represents the first publication to take a magnifying glass to the couple's pursuit over the course of half a century."—Steven Thompson, Culture Map~Steven Thompson, Culture Map
"[A] lavish tribute. . . . This model foundation publication documents and honors the de Menils' significant contributions. Recommended for those interested in modern avant-garde art and patronage."—Russell T. Clement, Library Journal~Russell T. Clement, Library Journal