Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool

January 30 – April 18, 2010
Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool
HMAAC joinedthe Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in presenting the
critically-acclaimed exhibition, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. Best known for
his life-sized portraits of common people living within the urban northeastern
communities of Connecticut, Barkley L. Hendricks’s bold portrayal of his subject’s
attitude and style elevated the common and overlooked to celebrity status.
Organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher
Museum of Art at Duke University, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool is the first
career retrospective of this renowned American artist. The exhibition is comprised
of 57 paintings, including full-figure portraits and lesser-known early works, as
well as the artist’s more recent portal-like paintings of the Jamaican landscape,
where he returns annually to do outdoor “en pleine air” painting. This exhibition
was mounted at the CAMH, include an HMAAC night at the CAMH and
additional programming at HMAAC.

U.S Poet Laureate Rita Dove– “Readings from Sonata Mulaticca”

March 10, 2010
Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the
Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth
of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. The 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning poet has received
numerous literary and academic honors. Among them are the 1996 Heinz Award
in the Arts and Humanities and the 1996 National Humanities Medal, the 1997
Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award,
the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2003 Emily Couric
Leadership Award,. In 2006 she received the Common Wealth Award of
Distinguished Service (together with Anderson Cooper, John Glenn, Mike Nichols
and Queen Noor of Jordan. In 2008 she was honored with the Library of Virginia's
Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she received the Fulbright Lifetime
Achievement Medal and Italy’s Premio Capri Award for her latest book of poetry,
Sonata Mulaticca. The reading will be held at the Menil Collection.

The African Presence in Mexico Symposium

April 22-23, 2010
This symposium will examine the history of Africans in Mexico and their
contributions to Mexican culture, bringing together scholars from the United
States and Mexico. The symposium will survey five centuries of Mexico's history
beginning with the period from 1580-1640 when Mexico had the largest African
population in the New World. The contributions of key individuals of African
descent to Mexico’s history including Mexico’s first “black” president, Vicente
Guerrero, a formerly enslaved mulatto of Afro-Indian decent, will also be
presented. The symposium will also feature special sessions for elementary and
secondary educators, artists, scholars and the general public. The African Presence
in Mexico Symposium will be presented collaboratively with the Johns Hopkins
University Africana Studies Center and the Callaloo academic journal. The
symposium was held at the American General Auditorium of the Museum of
Fine Arts Houston.

An Evening with Sarah Jones

May 15, 2010

Sarah Jones is a Tony Award winning playwright and performer. Her multi-
character solo show Bridge & Tunnel was originally produced Off-Broadway by

Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, and went on to become a critically acclaimed, long
running hit on Broadway. Based on a piece commissioned by the National
Immigration Forum and the Ford Foundation, Bridge & Tunnel examines the lives
of a diverse group of immigrants from various backgrounds framed by one event:
an annual poetry reading. Surface Transit was Sarah’s first off-Broadway solo
show, which drew upon the diverse group of people in her family and
neighborhood growing up in Queens, and was loosely framed by her Q46 bus
commute to school. Sarah wove the stories of a multicultural cast of characters into
a cleverly connected narrative filled with unexpected twists that explored
community, prejudice, violence, art and activism in late 20th century New York.
Surface Transit won a Helen Hayes Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk
Award, having been presented at The American Place Theater, Performance Space
122; The Kennedy Center’s AFI Theater; the Berkeley Repertory Theater; and The
Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa. For Houston, Ms. Jones will perform
a stirring production which examines Jewish and African America relations in
America developed especially for the Houston Museum of African American
Culture. This production will be held at Hammon Hall, Rice University.