Dominique de Menil and Jermayne MacAgy, collector and curator. The former began the Menil collection, while her daughter Philippa initiated Dia Foundation; the latter was admired by Walter Hopps and Anne D'Harnoncourt in A Brief History of Curating, for her exhibitions in San Francisco and Houston.
Mark Rothko, curated by Jermayne MacAgy for the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 1957.
“MacAgy managed to ignore design systems — or tried to work outside of systems of taste for these shows. Early on, here in Houston, when she did a Rothko show, she went out of her way to have beautiful flowers in the entryway — living flowers, planting beds. It was just a general reminder that you don’t start trying to ask why the flowers are some color — you relax and enjoy their beauty. It was a very interesting reminder that viewers should not be upset with the Rothkos if there’s no image there, no subject. What is the image of a flower? It’s just a color, it’s a flower.” — Walter Hopps, interview from A Brief History of Curating, JRP | Ringier, 2008