Moving Art

Ava DuVernay's Leap Project Comes to Houston with Powerful New Mural

Located at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

By Shelby Stewart July 20, 2021

"Blue Is The Color We See Before We Die" by Texas-based artist Delita Martin. 

AMERICAN WRITER AND FILMMAKER Ava DuVernay is bringing her organization, the Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP), to the Bayou City. 

DuVernay's LEAP partnered with the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) to display its latest commission, Blue Is The Color We See Before We Die, by Texas-based multidisciplinary artist Delita Martin, as per a press release. The original, hand-painted mural chronicles Bastrop County Deputy Daniel Willis’s actions that resulted in the 2014 murder of Yvette Smith

The mural spans approximately 8 feet wide x 6 feet high and utilizes patterns, colors, and objects of symbolism to tell Yvette Smith's story and unmask her killer. In a statement about the project, Martin says, "Not only does this piece allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the subject of what happened, but it also shifts your perspective a little bit."

The artist and her Black Box Press studio are based in Huffman. Her works blend multiple art forms – collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sewing techniques. Admission into the exhibit is completely free and is currently open to the public.

The Houston Museum of African American Culture is located at 4807 Caroline St.

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