August 23, 2019 - October 19, 2019
In HARVEST artists Ann (Sole Sister) Johnson and Kaneem Smith explores the relationship between agriculture and human subjugation and the phenomenon of the over-consumption of natural resources in the Western Hemisphere.
Johnson is widely known for her printmaking skills employing assorted materials, with cotton being her favorite printing surface. The raw cotton in Johnson’s works is an obvious nod to America’s history of slavery and share cropping. However the cotton motif carries an even deeper meaning with her use of cotton balls additionally referencing the disturbing history of African Americans and medical research. Johnson’s use of bird houses and her incorporation of gauze strips highlights perhaps the most infamous example of antebellum medical research being performed on slaves, that of J. Marion Sims, whose innovation of a revolutionary gynecological procedure was made possible by multiple practice runs on enslaved women.
The Western over-consumption of natural resources is the core of Smith’s work. As an artist working with fiber, Smith uses textiles and other materials to explore the human condition. Whether her work is two or three dimensional, it references the historical colonialism and the continuing byproduct of economic abuse of natural resources. Smith’s work in this exhibition opens a dialogue about ethics and global trade and resource exploitation. We rarely pay the kind of attention we should to medical experimentation and race or to the dark side of our agricultural history and its effect on societal stratification. This exhibition provides the artists the opportunity to highlight how important ethical protocols and their adherence are in both agriculture and science.
Close to Home: Latinx Art Identity 2.0
May 11, 2019 - August 3,2019
Curated by John Guess Jr.
Close to Home: Latinx Art and Identity 2.0, an exhibit of work that originated from the Collection of Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo of San Antonio. HMAAC will show 31 pieces of the 75 pieces that were previously on view at the O’Kane Gallery, UHD and 2 pieces directly from the Romo Collection specifically loaned to the museum by the Romos for the 2.0 exhibit. The exhibit will open at HMAAC May 11 through August 3, 2019 and is curated by John Guess, Jr..
The prints and paintings in this exhibition assert Latinx identity as specific, powerful, and ancient in origin. The artists declare their pride in who they are, a people descendant from ancient indigenous civilizations, connected to their land, nurturers of their children, but also creators of iconic images serving as potent standard bearers to any outsider. Bold colors and graphics are unapologetic, as they celebrate familial customs, legends, and rituals. Revered historical figures, such as Frida Kahlo or César Chavez, are offered as equal to any other cultural or political hero. The abstract patterns of ancient civilizations persist, as do the modern forms of Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as a testament to the preeminence of heritage within this world. Yet the personal struggles of Latinx peoples caused by migration and immigration, abuse of foreign powers, poverty and violence, are part of that identity, and are not overshadowed.
3 The Hard Way
April 26,2019 - June 29,2019
Curated by Dominic Clay
An exhibition meant to discuss America’s current problem of toxic masculinity. The title of this exhibition generously borrows from the Blaxploitation film entitled, “Three, The Hard Way”
Socially, the definition of “masculinity” has been challenged and redefined. Granting that this exhibition has a visual aesthetic, we would like to ask our audience to open dialogue. Continue this conversation beyond our gallery walls as artists Anthony Suber, Spencer Evans and Vitus Shell boldly take on “The Man” with the power of 3.
A Burning House Ti Rock Moore
November 17, 2018 -February 21, 2019
Curated by John Guess, Jr.
Passionate, gregarious, and larger-than-life, Ti-Rock Moore could not have been born of any place other than New Orleans For this exhibit, Moore delves into her home roots to present a poignant picture of race and white privilege.
Curating Across Borders
January 28, 2019 - April 6, 2019
Curated by Schetauna Powell
The curation is organized around recognizing the past present and future of the Black experience in recognition of the passage of 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in English speaking North America. The exhibition highlights the imagination of young artists both local and international who are creating work with the Afro- future in mind. The exhibition is curated in conjunction with the Black Speculative Arts Movement Conference on February 9, 2019.
The Dorseys' Black Art In America Collection
February 23, 2019 - May 4, 2019
Curated by Najee Dorsey & Dominic R. Clay
Najee and Seteria Dorsey will celebrate 25 years of marriage August 4th, 2019 and over that time they have cultivated a passion for collecting art and objects of cultural and aesthetic value which has resulted in the international brand of Black Art In America. Black Art In America (BAIA) is the leading online portal and multi faceted media company focused on African-American Art run by Najee Dorsey, the Founder and CEO and Seteria Dorsey, the CFO. The Dorsey's collection to date consist of over 400 works in various mediums and genres by both legacy and leading contemporary artists. Their passion is fueled as a result from being artists themselves with Najee being a nationally renowned and museum collected artist however the Dorsey's are also fine art patrons, producers and arts activist.