Image Credit: Gem Hale, The Protest Before the Protest, 2023, digital photograph. Image and work courtesy the artist.
THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show showcases new work from Black artists who are invited to examine innovative ways of participating in the storytelling of their legacy and heritage of Houston Freedmen’s Town. Each artist in THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show has demonstrated unique approaches that have inspired the momentum of Houston’s Black art community since 2020, distinctly connecting Black millennials and Gen Z artists and audiences. The artists will center their work around the histories and present realities of the historic Houston Freedmen’s Town. To support their innovative works, artists were paired with research fellows who will assist their navigation of the historic archives at the African American History Research Center at the Gregory School in Freedmen’s Town containing ephemera, images and information resources. This demonstration of collaborative efforts through innovative practice and historical research aims to inspire current and future generations for a new way to share Black histories in Houston, Texas. THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show showcases new work from Imhotep Blot by way of Amaechina Blot and Studio KER led by Michael Bennett; Colby Deal, Nahtan (Nate Edwards), Dom Elam, Amarie Gipson, Priscilla T. Graham, Gem Hale, Charonda Johnson, Berlin, Jaylen Pigford, Irene Antonia Diane Reece, and Jason Woods (Flash Gordon Parks). They were invited to examine innovative ways to participate in the storytelling of Black legacy and heritage in Houston Freedmen’s Town.
THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show is curated by Mich Stevenson, Project Manager – Partnerships, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy.
Major support for THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show is provided by the Mellon Foundation.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
THIS WAY: A Houston Group Show has been made possible by the patrons, benefactors, and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund: Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Louise Jamail, Sissy and Denny Kempner, Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter, MD Anderson Foundation, Rea Charitable Trust, The Sarofim Foundation, The Stolbun Family, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.