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The Menil Collection honors the legacy of founding director Walter Hopps with new exhibition

The exhibition features art from Hopps’ own collection, plus rarely-seen works from the Menil Collection.


Edward Kienholz, “Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps,” 1959. Photo by Paul Hester, courtesy of the Menil Collection


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Walter Hopps was the founding director of Houston's Menil Collection. He changed the way many museums approach displaying their own collections as well as the role of the curator as an advocate for artists.

Originally from Los Angeles, Hopps came here and elevated Houston's reputation as an art destination.

To celebrate his legacy, the Menil Collection recently opened an exhibit called The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps, which features art from the man's own collection, as well as significant works from the Menil Collection. A local brewery has even created a beer named for Hopps.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Troy Schulze talks with the exhibit's curator, Clare Elliott.

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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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