The Menial Collection is a newly established, peer-reviewed journal of art theory and post-modernity, in the form of a pastiche of an arts organization based in Houston, Texas, the Menil Collection. This journal is dedicated to the publication of essays, interviews, and artworks, which call into question what is contained within insular circles of academia, and the hierarchies propagated by art institutions. The name of The Collection, while referring directly to the Menil, does not aim to critique this institution solely, but rather use it as a model for established and renowned institutions that shirk educational responsibilities and are governed by power structures that lack inclusivity and intersectional focus. Our goal is to underscore this issue of power by addressing works of critical theory, low art, high art, poetry, et al, while employing the very same posturing. This is not only to destabilize their respective hierarchies, but also call into question the origins of such d...
The Menial Collection is a newly established, peer-reviewed journal of art theory and post-modernity, in the form of a pastiche of an arts organization based in Houston, Texas, the Menil Collection. This journal is dedicated to the publication of essays, interviews, and artworks, which call into question what is contained within insular circles of academia, and the hierarchies propagated by art institutions. The name of The Collection, while referring directly to the Menil, does not aim to critique this institution solely, but rather use it as a model for established and renowned institutions that shirk educational responsibilities and are governed by power structures that lack inclusivity and intersectional focus. Our goal is to underscore this issue of power by addressing works of critical theory, low art, high art, poetry, et al, while employing the very same posturing. This is not only to destabilize their respective hierarchies, but also call into question the origins of such designations.

Most recently, the publication has began expanding and is opening a project space that will function as a gallery as well as a public reading room and artist studios. We will provide regular artist talks, openings as well as lectures and music events that will open to the public. The artists that work in our space also have access to our research archives and will engage in regular critique and collective research.
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Natalie Campbell

I am familiar with 1/2 of the Menial Collection, Emilia Duno—a first year student in MICA's MFA in Curatorial Practice. Emilia is a voracious, inquisitive provocateur whom we are excited to have in Baltimore. Already launching a physical space, with plans to nucleate a cross-disciplinary symposium and publication, Emilia is a doer who leverages and continually grows her networks to create new and exciting artistic contexts and conversations. There is no doubt in my mind that local audiences and artists will be enriched by The Menial Collection's subversive, critical, and humorous projects and that this project will create connections for artists looking to engage more deeply with critiques of power and authority in the art world, in Baltimore and beyond.