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What a great day at The Menil Collection — A Museum & A Neighborhood of Art.
This is the story about the lights :

In 1990 Dominique de Menil approached the Minimalist sculptor Dan Flavin to create a permanent, site-specific installation at Richmond Hall, then an annex exhibition space. Just two days before his death in November 1996 Flavin completed the design for the space. The artist’s studio completed the work.

Built in 1930 as a Weingarten’s grocery store, Richmond Hall housed a series of bars, including, in its last incarnation, Van’s Stampede Ballroom, a country-and-western dance hall. Knowing that it would likely be demolished if purchased by a developer, the Menil Foundation acquired the building in 1985.

De Menil gave Flavin complete creative control over the project. He chose not to alter the original structure, designing three distinct pieces for the site as it existed. For the first, Flavin installed a horizontal line of green fluorescent lights on the exterior of the building to articulate the structure’s top edges along its east and west sides. The building’s entrance lobby contains a second work consisting of two sets of white lamps mounted diagonally on the original foyer walls.

The largest of the three pieces occupies the building’s main interior space. Above and below dark purple lines of filtered ultraviolet lamps, colored fluorescent tubes progress the length of the room. The colors, alternating in a repeating pattern of pink, yellow, green, and blue, seem to puddle onto the gallery’s polished concrete floor.

In the summer of 2003, the Menil converted a storage room in Richmond Hall into a gallery to display four earlier works by Flavin, his “monuments” to V. Tatlin (1964–1969). Over the course of his career, Flavin made nearly fifty such “monuments” dedicated to Vladimir Tatlin (1885–1953), one of the leaders of Russian Constructivism, the avant-garde art movement that flourished in Moscow and St. Petersburg following the Revolution of 1917

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Comments

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    awesome capture…very pretty :o)

  • Thank you very much dawlin… it was a very cool place and a lovely day too . xxxx

    – luckylarue

  • thank you for the fave too!!

    – luckylarue

  • Marlies Odehnal
    Marlies Odehnalover 3 years ago

    This is indeed lovely!

  • Thank you so much Marlies. xxx

    – luckylarue

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!! Wow, Lucky, this is such a striking shot. love it.
    How was the weekend?
    Peace in your week ahead,
    sass

  • Hey Sassa, thank you … my weekend was enlighting, thanks for asking.
    And Peace be with you as well. Love and Light darlin!! xxx Lucky

    – luckylarue

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image GF! Great write also…sorry I have not been commenting lately…been on bed rest for a dislocated hip!

  • Thank you darlin, Im sorry about your hip… no worries here about comments, just take care of yourself. Write are call me when you can… Love ya and you are missed terribly!!

    – luckylarue

  • VallaV
    VallaVover 3 years ago

    You have found a place where create a rainbow?!))

  • Yes I did, thank you for noticing! It was such a lovely place.

    – luckylarue

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciover 3 years ago

    So cool!

  • Thank you Miron!!!

    – luckylarue

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    awesome

  • Thanks Deb!

    – luckylarue

  • dansLesprit
    dansLespritover 3 years ago

    I would have so loved to have gone to The Menil Collection… (sigh!) top image.

  • Mark  Lucey
    Mark Luceyover 3 years ago

  • Mark, thank you all so very much!!!

    – luckylarue

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 3 years ago


    Awesome image!

  • Gina, Wahhhhhhoooo thank you all so much!!!!

    – luckylarue

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