An initiative of the Menil Collection with cultural, educational, and social justice organizations in the Greater Houston area.
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Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence (now closed)

The Menil Collection
Oct 2–
Feb 1
2015
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

The exhibition explores the resonance in the visual arts of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) and his ethics of nonviolence, or satyagraha (“truth force”). Approximately 130 works spanning several centuries and including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, rare books, and films by artists from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, echo the exhibition’s humanitarian themes. The title references Gandhi’s autobiography, My Experiments with Truth, and his life-long belief that truth is the essence of a moral, spiritual life and its discovery is an ever-evolving process. Included are iconic images of Gandhi as well as photographs and materials related to  predecessors and followers in his quest for self-rule/control as a basis for a just society. A wide-ranging selection of art encompasses works from sacred traditions that inspired Gandhi, civil rights photography from the United States and South Africa, room-sized installations by Amar Kanwar, Kimsooja, and William Kentridge, and a variety of works chosen by curator Josef Helfenstein to propose to each viewer  opportunities to reflect on their own experience of art and truth and what they might mean.

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Oct 2
2014
6:00 PM
Conversation
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, 77006

Can Art Be a Witness in Seeking Truth?

Exhibition curator Josef Helfenstein and artist Amar Kanwar discuss ideas behind the Menil’s exhibition “Experiments with Truth” as well as Kanwar’s works that are included.

Oct 20
2014
7 PM
Music Performance
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

On Gandhi: Music to Poetry He Loved

A musical evening featuring poets revered by Gandhi, sung in a style of devotional music from South Asia

Nov 3
2014
7 PM
Talk
South Central
4920 Cullen Blvd, 77004

Recovering a Vision of Gandhi and His Meaning for the 21st Century

This eminent civil-rights activist, teacher of nonviolent resistance, and minister will speak on the relevance of Gandhi’s ethics of nonviolence.

Nov 21
2014
7 PM
Music Performance
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Black Monks of Mississippi

Music harmonizing Eastern ideals of melodic restraint with the spirit of Gospel music in the Black Church and the soul of Blues, a great American Black music.

Jan 13
2015
7 PM
conversation
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Influence of Gandhi and King on Hip-Hop Culture

An exploration of the nature and significance of M.L. King Jr’s and Gandhi’s influence on hip-hop and its contribution to social justice and nonviolence.

Jan 16
2015
7 PM
poetry reading
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

Meta-Four Poetry Performance

Young poets from Writers in the Schools respond to works in “Experiments with Truth,” exploring Gandhi’s message of nonviolence in today’s world.

Jan 24
2015
3–5 PM
Dance Performance
Montrose / Museum District
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

Dances to Songs Beloved by Gandhi

Dances to songs that were both loved by Gandhi and popular during his fight for India’s independence.