Very Artsy News: The Dirty South, Black Panther and more

A weekly brief on what’s trending in Houston’s arts and culture scene.

By Amarie Gipson November 1, 2021

CAMH welcomes The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse this Thursday, November 4. 

November is finally here and festival season is in full effect. Today marks the start of Hip-Hop History month and Travis Scott is bringing the best in music to Astrowrold this weekend. The MFAH is hosting a virtual series for the International Literature Festival and Solange just launched a community library online. Looking ahead, next week is the world premiere of Bushwick Bill: Geto Boy at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Here’s more important highlights for your week:  

Hilton Als is Lecturing at the Menil Collection 

Critic and curator Hilton Als is the Menil Collection’s distinguished guest lecturer for the Marion Barthelme Lecture Series. Als is one of The New Yorker’s most acclaimed writers, where he began contributing in 1989 before going on to author a number of award-winning books on theatre, race, class, and identity in America. His presentation What Would Dominique Do, and Did: Revolutionizing Curatorial Practice with the de Menils will explore two historic exhibitions that the Menil's supported.

For seats and more information on the lecture series, visit here 

The Dirty South Opens at CAMH this Thursday 

The wait is finally over! The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston reopens this Thursday, Nov 4 with The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, a groundbreaking exhibition on the intersections between Southern culture, visual art and music. Organized by former CAMH curator and scholar Valerie Cassel Oliver for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the show features a host of influential artists who call Texas home and brings a necessary spotlight to the significance of Southern traditions in American history. 

For more information on the exhibition and related programming, visit here

Houston's First Sculpture Honoring Barbara Jordan Comes to MOCA's Civic Art Collection

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) recently announced that Houston artists Jamal Cyrus and Charisse Weston will honor the life and legacy of Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan with a commemorative installation. MOCA’s Civic Art program teamed up with the Houston Public Library to develop the commission and a panel of community and art world representatives juried the selection process. The work, currently underway, will live at The African American Library at the Gregory School and is set to debut in summer 2022. 

For more information on the artists and monument design, visit here

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Takes the Houston Symphony in 2022

The Houston Symphony has a special treat in store for Marvel fans next year as the beloved concert hall recently announced tickets for a presentation of Black Panther. The concert will feature a screening of the full film alongside a live performance of the musical score, led by conductor Steven Reineke. The concert is set to take place on April 2 and 3, 2022 at Jones Hall. 

For tickets and more information, visit here 

Solange Launches the Saint Heron Community Library

As part of the revolutionary efforts towards increasing accessibility to Black literature, Solange’s creative hub Saint Heron launched its inaugural library and collection of rare and special edition books by Black authors, ranging from art and poetry collections, anthologies, novels and more. Perfect for literary buffs, artists, students, musicians, the free library allows US-based residents to borrow titles for 45 days via an online registration system. In partnership with Aēsop, season one of the library project is curated by Rosa Duffy, the founder of Atlanta-based community space and bookshop, For Keeps Books.

For titles and more information, visit here.  

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