William Middleton on Dominique and John de Menil
Join author William Middleton for a free reading at New Canaan Library about his new book Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil. The de Menils were celebrated collectors who became one of the greatest cultural forces of the twentieth century through groundbreaking exhibitions, artistic scholarship, establishing institutions, and work with civil rights. The couple created an oasis of culture in their Philip Johnson-designed house in Houston with everyone from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. They built the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the Contemporary Arts Museum. Now, with unprecedented access to family archives, Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this unique couple.
Please note: this event takes place at New Canaan Library. Please register here. The lecture will begin at 6:30pm, preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00pm.
William Middleton is a journalist and editor who has worked in New York and Paris. He has been the Fashion Features Director for Harper’s Bazaar and the Paris Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications, overseeing W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, House & Garden, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and the International Herald Tribune.
Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library is an occasional series of talks and events about architecture, design, and Modernism in New Canaan and beyond. The series is collaboratively organized by the Glass House and New Canaan Library.
This program is generously supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation.