The Menil Drawing Institute will open its doors to the public in 2018 as an unprecedented space dedicated to the exhibition, conservation, and study of modern and contemporary drawings. In understanding drawing as central to the lives of artists and crucial to artistic culture, this new building on the Menil campus will provide an intimate setting for the public to interact with the drawing collection, while allowing for an expansive commitment to interdisciplinary programming. The Drawing Institute is yet another chapter in the Menil’s sustained commitment to artists, Houston, and art as a common language.
In recognition that the Menil’s artist-centered environment and growing collection of works on paper offered a singular opportunity, the Drawing Institute was established in 2008. Since then, it has developed a national profile for exhibitions, scholarship, and collaboration. The important traveling exhibitions Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective (2012) and Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds (2014), as well as the multiple-volume catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Jasper Johns have all been organized under the auspices of the Drawing Institute.