Houstonia: Taking a Seat at the Black Lunch Table

Full Article by Camilla Cook


IN 2005, WHILE IN RESIDENCY at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart created Black Lunch Table in an effort to address the absence of black visual artists in the art historical canons.

“We decided to make something of a performance where all the black students at the residency were to sit together for lunch one day,” says Valentine. “We came to lunch and talked about the experience of self-segregation and that phenomenon in relation to high school and college lunch rooms, but then also how that translates from groups out into the professional world.”

Glasstire: Houston Arts Groups Set Out to Fix Wikipedia

Full Article by Paula Newton


This evening, March 14, and Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30-8pm, Project Row Houses (PRH) will host two Wikipedia edit-a-thons. The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart which, in its 10-year existence, has sought to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. BLT invites the the public to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists of the African Diaspora.

Along the same vein, PRH and BLT are also holding Black Lunch Table Recording Sessions on Tuesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 17 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The BLT Recording Sessions take “the lunchroom phenomenon as its starting point” (refreshments provided) for dialogue and conversations. Session 1 is open to visual artists and art workers of African descent and will focus on the gathering of collective histories. Session 2 is open to the all and will focus on “the divisions and connections that exist within our community, while also laying out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism.” RSVP for the BLT events here.