The Art Guys Marry A Plant


"Tragedy ends in death, comedy in marriage." - Aristotle


original concept drawing
The Art Guys Marry A Plant
ink transfer, graphite, collage on paper
12X9", private collection


On Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., The Art Guys married a live oak tree in a public ceremony. The ceremony was conducted in the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with a reception that immediately followed at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Approximately 600 people attended the event. The Art Guys Marry A Plant was sponsored and presented by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as part of the exhibition "No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston," May 8 - October 4, 2009.

For a high resolution press photo that you may download, click on the image above. Image size: 16 X 10 inches at 300 dpi, 6.6 MB

[photo by Everett Taasevigen]

slideshow (7.6 MB)
[photos by Everett Taasevigen]

video by Walley Films

The Art Guys Marry A Plant wedding vows

The Tree Dedication Ceremony for The Art Guys Marry A Plant
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
The Menil Collection

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, a public ceremony as held at The Menil Collection to dedicate the planting of the live oak tree from The Art Guys Marry A Plant . The tree was planted on the grounds of The Menil Collection on March 29, 2011 and was formally accepted into the permanent collection on June 2, 2011 as a gift from The Art Guys. "The Tree Dedication Ceremony of The Art Guys Marry A Plant" included speakers Toby Kamps, Menil curator of modern and contemporary art, Lawrence Weschler, writer and Director of the New York Institute of the Humanities, and James Surls, artist. The tree is located in Menil Park on the grounds of the Menil Collection just southwest of the Rothko Chapel.

"The Art Guys Marry A Plant Wedding Cake Topper" Special commemorative limited edition sculpture commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. CONTACT THE ART GUYS for more information.

news, articles, links, information


Houston Chronicle - "The Art Guys' big fat no so gay wedding" by Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle - The Art Guys, Chris Burden, that New Yorker cover and the Jonas Brothers by Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle - sexyATTACK’s missed opportunity by Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle - Final-ish judgment on the Art Guys’ wedding (w/blooper reel) by Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle - The Art Guys’ Michael Galbreth responds by Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle - Response to Art Guy Michael Galbreth’s open letter by Douglas Britt
James Surls Blog Spot - "The Art Guys Marrying a Tree: The Duality of Belief" by James Surls
Glasstire - "The Art Guys: Dead Serious" by Michael Bise
Houston Press - "Meta-Colonialism" by Troy Schulze


Nuptials Stranger Than When The Art Guys Married That Plant, Meredith Deliso of HoustonPress
Eligible gay bachelor desperately seeks single female art critic for short-lived marriage, Douglas Britt, (Houston Chronicle)
Should I Marry Douglas Britt? (A Contemporary Art Critic's Dilemma), Jen Graves, SLOG (The Stranger)
Married But Two Years, the Art Guys Plant Spouse in Menil Lawn, Alive Yet!, Bill Davenport, Glasstire
Houston Art Critic to Pan Performance Art with Performance of His Own, Meredith Deliso of HoustonPress
Chron Critic Britt Goaded into Counter-Art by Art Guys Menil Tree-Marriage Stunt, Bill DavenPort, Glasstire
The latest chapter of Art Guys Marry a Plant divides Houston arts community, Tyler Rudick, CultureMap Houston
Art Gay Marries a Woman: Britt Counter-Ceremony Tonight; Art Guys Marry a Plant Dedication Tomorrow, Bill DavenPort, Glasstire
The Art Guys Marry a Plant: Part II, Meredith Deliso, HoustonPress
Uproar over The Art Guys Marry a Plant ends with peaceful tree dedication ceremony at Menil, Tyler Rudick, CultureMap Houston

Britt-Darby Guerrila Action On YouTube: Art Guys Plant Piece “Sucks”
, Bill DavenPort, Glasstire
Update on the Art Critic Who Asked Me to Marry Him
, Jen Graves, SLOG (The Stranger)
UPDATED: The Art Guys' Controversial Plant Attacked By Suspected Vandals, Meredith Deliso, HoustonPress
Art Guys Tree-Bride Chopped: Vandals Deface Controversial New Menil Installation, Bill Davenport, Glasstire
A tree dies in Montrose: Controversial Art Guys project at Menil Park is vandalized, Clifford Pugh, HoustonPress
Chron Art Critic Douglas Britt's Very Odd Meth-Filled, "I'm a Hooker" Blog: Bad Performance Art Or Sign of a Personal Crisis?, Meredith Deliso, HoustonPress
A Town Without Critics, Theodore Bale, Arts Journal Texas
Homophobia in the Arts, James Payne, Huffington Post

The Art Guys-Devon Britt-Darby Saga Continues by Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead
DEBRIS: This Month in Art-Killing Nonsense by Sean Morrisey Carroll, Free Press Houston

The Tree of Strife by Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly
A Tree Grows In Menil Park by Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead


tree removal

On Monday, January 14, 2013, the live oak tree and accompanying bronze plaque from "The Art Guys Marry A Plant" was removed from the Menil Collection.

On Institutional Cowardice: The Menil Collection - Rainey Knudson, Glasstire
Menil, Surls Comment on Art Guys Marry A Plant Removal - Bill Davenport, Glasstire
Art world shocker: Art Guys confirm Menil Collection plans to remove controversial tree project - Tyler Rudick, Glasstire
The Menil Divorces the Art Guys - Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly
'The Art Guys Marry A Plant' Removed From Menil Collection Under Mysterious Circumstances - Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
Update: Menil Says the Art Guys Tree Was Moved to Save It & It is Still Part of Its Collection - Meredith Deliso, Houston Press
Response: The Menil’s fake deaccessioning scandal - Douglas Britt, Houston Arts & Culture
Divorce, Art Style - Elaine Wolff, Plaza de Armas
The Menil's PTSD - Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead

When two guys married a tree - Peter Simek, Salon
How Not to Handle an Art Controversy - Bob Duggan, Big Think
The story of one of the best performances of the last ten years in america and the critic who put it on the map - Alfredo Triff, Miami Bourbaki
Controversial Tree Removed from Menil’s Permanent Collection as Supreme Court Mulls Gay Marriage - Glasstire
The Tree That’s “Not About Gay Marriage” Gets Removed - Art Fag City


On December 3, 2011, the tree from The Art Guys Marry A Plant was vandalized.


The tree from The Art Guys Marry A Plant recovered from the vandalism and remained in place until January, 2013.


Despite strong protests from The Art Guys, on January 14, 2013, the tree from The Art Guys Marry A Plant was removed from the Menil Collection as directed by Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection.


The Art Guys replanted the tree from The Art Guys Marry A Plant at their studio where it remains today.

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