2017 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. 

Badass Art Man: A conversation between the art of Danny Simmons and his collection

January 13-February 25, 2017

Badass Art Man allows us to get to know Danny Simmons deeply. We learn about him through his own artwork and his collection, and through the conversations between the two. This exhibition creates a portrait of Simmons as a keen observer of art, art-world politics, and social issues.

Image Credit: Margaret Rose Vendryes, My spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender - Guro Ntozake, 2014

i found god in myself: 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls...

March 10-April 15, 2017

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s genre-bending,award-winning choreopoem/play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the Houston Museum of African American Culture is pleased to present i found god in myself, an exhibit curated by cultural curator, lifestyle expert, media content producer + renaissance man Peter “Souleo" Wright. On view will be an art exhibit honoring individual poems and additional artwork further expanding upon related themes of sexuality, race, sisterhood, violence and self-love depicted and inspired by Shange’s work.

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Africa on my mind: The art of Malick Sidibe and Leslie Wayne

April 28-July 1, 2017

Malick Sidibé was a photographer known for his black-and- white images chronicling the exuberant lives and culture, often of youth, in his native Bamako, Mali in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Sidibé’s work documents a transitional moment as Mali gained its independence and transformed from a French colony steeped in tradition to a more modern independent country looking toward the West. He captured candid images in the streets, nightclubs, and sporting events and ran a formal portrait studio.

Leslie Wayne

Leslie Wayne’s dimensional oil paintings straddle an uneasy territory between object and illusion. She manipulates the medium by approaching oil paint as a sculptural material, often times scraping, folding, cutting and building up the surfaces. Her work takes on three-dimensional forms with layers, varying textures and colors, taking the viewer’s gaze literally in and out of the painting in a physical way and beyond normative ideas about what a painting should be. In her African inspired Paint/Rag series, Wayne drapes skins of paint in ways that resemble textiles, adorning the surfaces with varying patterns, mixed and matched from different tribes across Africa. By making a painting that looks like a humble scrap of cloth, Wayne addresses head on the undervalued beauty of the everyday and the separation of fine arts and crafts in Western culture.

 

  

The Magnificent Faith Ringgold

July 22, 2017-September 25, 2017

Living Legend, painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist Faith Ringgold began her career in the early 60s as a painter, an art activist and educator. Her protests, events and exhibitions of the 60s and 70s took a a stand for freedom of speech and equality; breaking ground and opening museum doors for artists of color and women. Today she is best known for her painted story quilts and her illustrated children's books. HMAAC is honored to bring a survey of her work and the artist to Houston. 

The Telling and the told: The art of David McGee

October 14, 2017-December 16, 2017

HMAAC is delighted to present a solo exhibition of David McGee, curated by Benito Huerta. Well-known for his narrative paintings since the 1990s, this will be the first representation of McGee's work at HMAAC. This survey of McFee's works on paper underscores the depth of McGee's love for poetry; his image to the history of painting; while it also journeys into his perpetual investigation of topics that have fascinated him boyhood-imagery, politics, race, class, pop culture, and their intersections. McGee is known to incite, confuse or arrest his audiences; expect no less from him in this exhibition.  

The Bert Long Jr. Gallery

Until his death on February 1, 2013, Bert Long, Jr. was one of the brightest lights in the Houston arts community. In recognition of his support of local artists, HMAAC has dedicated a gallery in Bert’s nameto allow the museum to annually exhibit the work of four artists working in the greater Houston area. By creating this platform, HMAAC will give our community the opportunity to experience the best and most compelling of Houston’s visual artists.