Mick Jagger has sympathy for the devil and love for the arts. (Photo by The Menil Collection)
J.J. Watt and Mick Jagger shared a backstage hug at the Rolling Stones' Houston concert. (@jjwatt)
Ronnie Wood posed in the Arts of Africa Galleries. (Photo by The Menil Collection)
Houstonians flock to the Menil.
The Menil Drawing Institute is the first of its kind.
The Menil Drawing Institute is the very first freestanding museum in the United States dedicated to modern drawing.
The Menil Drawing Institute is gaining fame.
When The Rolling Stones hit Houston, they just had to hit up the arts scene. The rock and roll icons only had a little time in Space City, but they were itching to see if any of The Menil Collection’s artists had taken heed to paint it black.
That’s right. Houston’s legendary art mecca gave rock legends Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood shelter on Sunday.
Menil director Rebecca Rabinow heard them knocking and gave the epic pair a private tour in the afternoon. “Highlights of the Rolling Stones’ tour included The Menil’s African art galleries and the museum’s iconic Surrealism rooms,” according to Menil officials.
It looks like when you check out some works by Max Ernst, you can indeed get some satisfaction.
The storied Stones rocked thousands and thousands of fans at NRG Stadium on Saturday, following Mick Jagger’s 76th birthday the day before. The show certainly started them up.
Jagger also shared a backstage moment with Houston Texans icon J.J. Watt at the concert.
The Menil captured its Rolling Stones moment on social media, with a photo of Mick Jagger giving a wry glance in front of Wilfredo Lam’s “Arpas cardinals” and an image of Ronnie Wood posing in the Arts of Africa Galleries with one extremely lucky gallery attendant supervisor.
So far, the post has racked up 4,008 likes — a lot, but small potatoes compared to the whopping number of fans who came out to the Rolling Stones’ concert: more than 50,000.
Of course, The Rolling Stones have not been The Menil’s only celebrity visitor over the years. They’re the latest in a long line. A-listers as varied as Francis Ford Coppola and Gwyneth Paltrow, Wes Anderson and Beyonce and Solange have soaked up art in the space over the years.
The Menil has been getting a lot of love recently — for its groundbreaking new Drawing Institute and more — helping Houston get named the Cultural Capital of the South by Worth magazine.
And it doesn’t get much cooler than a Rolling Stones drop in.