2018 Exhibitions

The Houston Museum of African American Culture is proud to present another year  of engaging exhibitions and programming for the diverse Houston community to enjoy.

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Over There Some Place

February 3rd - April 14th

An exhibition of works by emerging artists in Houston, Texas curated by Dominic R. Clay. The artists featured are Vernon Akili, Blake Bean, Mack Bishop, Lee Carrier, Lakita Costner, Christie Leday, Romeo Clay Robinson and Farrah Smith. The work on view presents the idea of deference within the African Diaspora from a southern perspective. Each artist work incorporates contextual ideas of identity through their own practicing mediums.

Cohesive yet ambiguous, the title of Over There Some Place derives from a sculptural piece created by Houston native artist and Rome Prize Winner Bert Long, Jr. in 1987. Over There Some Place is an important homage to African American identity and the result of geological displacement. In spite of the separation of land and language, these artisans will celebrate the Diaspora through their chosen artistic discipline.

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"Sandra Bland"

February 3rd - February 28th

EXTENDED to April 28, 2018

Sandra Bland” curated by HMAAC CEO John Guess, Jr., is an interactive engagement allowing visitors to experience the emotions of Sandra Bland on the fateful day of her arrest, July 13, 2015 resulting from a traffic stop in Waller County.

A widely received Stanford University study last year found police officers across the United States more likely to cite, search and arrest black and Latino drivers during routine traffic stops than white drivers. Not only did the study find minorities are ticketed and arrested more often, it also found that police in general will use a lower bar to search minorities than whites.

Blacks are familiar with "the talk," foreign to most whites, given to black youth with regard to how to act during encounters with police. This exhibit vividly underscores the basis for ‘the talk;’ the fear that the wrong use of words during encounters with police, which the Stanford study found more likely for minorities, can lead to escalation and result in tragedy.


The World of Lauren Kelley

April 28th - July 7th

Houston born Lauren Kelley, artist and Executive Director of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is a storyteller. Her focus over the past decade has been on a body of work and stop motion animation series that explore the surreal nature of daily life while employing a cast of diverse materials, and tan, plastic, Barbie like characters. Her work of animated tales has been influenced by 1970s feminist logic, and the 1940s Doll Tests, a race-based psychological study of Black American youth  

Her labor-intensive body of work began as a response to 70s gender politics, and notions of female strength. The grotesque charm in filmmaker Todd Haynes’ Karen Carpenter Story, social interventions by The Yes Men, and the 1993 B.L.O. (Barbie Liberation Organization) have compelled me to funnel a robust ghost into a miniature, feminine archetype.

And now, as the women’s movement explodes not just into our consciousness but into active change, the Houston Museum of African American Culture brings to you The World of Lauren Kelley!