Admission is free.

Public Opening | The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Join us to celebrate The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, an exhibition that makes visible the roots of Southern hip hop culture and reveals how the aesthetic traditions of the African American South have shaped visual art and musical expression over the last 100 years.

Live music will be provided by DJ Flash Gordon Parks on the plaza. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Food will be provided by Umbrella Fellas. In addition, there will be a SLAB (an acronym for slow, loud, and bangin’) by BG Porter, owner of SLAB OUTLAWZ. The SLAB on view is curated by Ángel Quesada.

Members will get a first look at the exhibition during the Member’s Preview from 6–7PM, with remarks from exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver and CAMH’s Executive Director, Hesse McGraw. Click here to learn more about CAMH Membership.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art (formerly Curator/Senior Curator at CAMH for 16 years). The exhibition’s original presentation has been modified for presentation at CAMH and is coordinated by CAMH’s Assistant Curator, Patricia Restrepo.

Exhibition Artists
Terry Adkins, Charles Henry Alston, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Kevin Beasley, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Julia Beverly, John Biggers, Sanford Biggers, Sheila Pree Bright, Beverly Buchanan, Bisa Butler, Elizabeth Catlett, Nick Cave, Mel Chin, Sonya Clark, Bethany Collins, Abraham Lincoln Criss, Eldzier Cortor, Jamal Cyrus, T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (aka Estate of Tameka Jenean Norris), Beauford Delaney, Thornton Dial, Nathaniel Donnett, Aaron Douglas, William Edmondson, Melvin Edwards, Winton and Rosa Eugene, Minnie Evans, Leonard Freed, Theaster Gates, Sam Gilliam, Allison Janae Hamilton, David Hammons, Palmer Hayden, Robert Hodge, Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Clementine Hunter, Arthur Jafa, Anderson Johnson, William H. Johnson, Dapper Bruce LaFitte (aka Bruce Davenport), Jacob Lawrence, El Franco Lee II, Samella Lewis, James Little, Whitfield Lovell, Jonathan Mannion, Kerry James Marshall, Spider Martin, Rodney McMillian, Michi Meko, Jason Moran, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Marilyn Nance, Rashaad Newsome, Demetrius Oliver, Joe Overstreet, Fahamu Pecou, Rita Mae Pettway, Robert Pruitt, Deborah Roberts, Nadine Robinson, Sulton Rogers, RaMell Ross, Nellie Mae Rowe, Kenneth Royster, Paul Rucker, Augusta Savage, Joyce J. Scott, John Simms, Kevin Sipp, Kaneem Smith, Renee Stout, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Felandus Thames, Alma Thomas, James “Son Ford” Thomas, Bob Thompson, Mildred Thompson, Mose Tolliver, Bill Traylor, Freeman Vines, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Arliss Watford, Jack Whitten, William T. Williams, and Purvis Young.

About DJ Flash Gordon Parks

Jason Woods aka Flash Gordon Parks is an ethnomusicologist from the city of Houston, Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography at Sam Houston State University in 2001.

In 2005, Flash Gordon Parks published a book of photography and poetry called The Beautiful Side of Ugly with Eric Blaylock. TBSOU combined the poetic words of Blaylock with the striking images of FGP to document the beauty of urban areas of Houston, Texas.

He has also maintained several DJ residencies which range from Blues to Jazz to Soul/Funk to Hip Hop since 2004. As a DJ, he strives to educate the audience through carefully thought out selections. Flash Gordon Parks often collects, documents and lectures on the importance of Houston’s Rich Music History. He has lectured at such institutions as Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Rice University, Art League Houston and more.

In 2015, Flash Gordon Parks directed the documentary, This Thing We Do Houston DJ Culture Revealed, which is an introduction to the world of Deejaying in the City of Houston. And in 2019, he directed the documentary Archie Bell celebrating the achievements of Soul Music Icon Mr. Tighten Up (Archie Bell).

Most notable events include Motown On Mondays Houston and A Fistful Of Soul.

About BG Porter

BG Porter is the owner of SLAB OUTLAWZ (a one-stop SLAB shop out in North Houston) and has been working in the SLAB customizing business for the past two decades. He is known far and wide throughout the southern USA from Texas to Louisiana region within the SLAB circles.

The soft top ride, owned by Rodney Brooks from Porter, Texas who helped BG envision this classic creation. Coated with the canonical “candy paint”, this Cadillac is a prime example of a pristine SLAB which utilizes the Fleetwood body.

Inside the car, a luxurious Hermès leather upholstery gives its passengers an added buoyancy on the road, adding d’Elegance to this seminal American car. The vehicle is fully equipped with a sophisticated hydraulic, audio system and personalized “pop-trunk” replete with its neon words. The “elbow” or wheels increase the drama another 15″- 20″ on either side as well as behind on the fifth wheel. This is the epitome of what makes a Houston SLAB.

About Ángel Quesada

Ángel Quesada has been an active visual and cultural arts worker, ethnographer, and events producer in Houston, Texas for the past decade. His dedication to artists and experts outside academia often places him within underserved or under-recognized cultural and artistic communities throughout Houston. While at the Houston Arts Alliance Folklife program he was seminal to bringing to fruition the very first official SLAB Parade and Family Festival alongside Pat Jasper, Langston Collin-Wilkins, Paul Wall, John Guess, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the City of Houston. In this context, Ángel brings to bear his relationships with respected SLAB creators and owners in the city and helps provide a window into this artistic component of the Houston car culture.