Dominique De Menil, Artwork Collector

Title

Dominique De Menil, Artwork Collector

Description

Dominique de Menil and her husband collected many pieces of artwork throughout their lives, and managed to put this collection to use in helping others. They started the "The Image of the Black in Western Art" research project, which catalogues and studies African-Americans in art, and is still going on today at Harvard University. They also helped create the non-denominational Rothko Chapel, and included art dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. at the very front of the building. They then went on to host artistic exhibitions that promoted human and civil rights including "The De Luxe Show," a 1971 exhibition of contemporary art held in Houston's Fifth Ward, a historically African-American neighborhood. This was one of the first racially-integrated art shows in the United States. Dominique herself would later go on to establish the Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation, which would give prizes to organizations devoted to human rights.

Creator

UN Photographs Collection

Date

Between 1948-2000

Source

Dominique de Menill

Source: Dominique de Menil. (2012, August 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 16, 2012, from http://bit.ly/V3EHhi

Rights

University of Houston

Publisher

University of Houston

Contributor

UN Photographs Collection

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Women

Coverage

Historic

Files

DominiqueDeMenil.jpg

Collection

Reference

UN Photographs Collection, Dominique De Menil, Artwork Collector, University of Houston, Between 1948-2000

Cite As

UN Photographs Collection, “Dominique De Menil, Artwork Collector,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed October 27, 2021, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/61.