April Debut at Menil Park

There are so many Houston treasures that we'd love to share with you but there's only one location where it felt fitting for us to make our public debut, Menil Park 

You can find details about our meetup below, but first a few recommendations of free things to do in Montrose, before or after your Bayou City Picnic experience. Each location mentioned is free and currently open as of our publishing.

We HIGHLY encourage you to reserve timed admission tickets for Menil Main Collection and Houston Center for Photography (click the Gallery Admission Registration button).

Menil Highlight - The Luminous Richmond Hall

Outside of the The Menil Main Building, which is open by the way, the official Menil campus lineup includes Richmond Hall.

You've driven past Richmond Hall more times than you realize. The unassuming Richmond Avenue building is clearly part of old Montrose. It's also home to an illuminating creative exhibit made up of 4 Dan Flavin works from ”monuments” for V. Tatlin collection. The mid century fixtures are constructed of fluorescent light and metal.

Outside of Richmond Hall, home to Dan Flavin Immersive Light Exhibit

Walking Distance Discoveries

Take in exhibits at Houston Center for Photography or the Rothko Chapel.

Both of the current exhibits at Houston Center for Photography (HCP) explore identity and place. Contemporary Practicefeatures a group of 14 diverse artists from educational institutes across Texas and Cowboys Don’t Shoot Straight (Like They Used To, a solo show by Pacifico Silano. In this showing, Silano, whose work is part of the Permanent Collection at MoMA, more specifically explores LGBTQ+ and queer imagery published after the 1969 Stonewall Riots. 

HCP also offers regular virtual workshops and classes with six currently on the calendar.

Outside at Houston Center for Photography in Montrose, has free art exhibits

The Rothko Chapel commissioned ('64) by the Menil Collection founders to be a meditative space with site-specific works by Mark Rothko. The space opened in 1971, less than 2 years after his passing, with 14 paintings by the Latvian artist.

Since 1973 the space has been used for colloquiums (academic conferences) dedicated to international issues affecting freedom and justice. The non-denominational chapel has been celebrated as a place for all faiths, quite fitting for present day Houston.

🧺 Picnic with us at Menial Park

We've long loved The Menil Collection, its green spaces, and extended campus - we hope you do too.

Choose a space nearby and take a little sanctuary from Houston's hustle. Reserve your Picnic at Menil Park 

Our concierge will have your basket & blanket, meal, accessories, and anything else you purchased.

Mulberry St @ Branard St, Between Rothko Chapel and The Menil Collection

Pro tip - park off Mandel near Branard or Sul Ross.
Street and lot parking are available across the greater Menil campus. Just be mindful of the signs and you're good.