Round 45

Round 45 | Local Impact

Opening Reception
October 22, 2016 | 4-7pm

Viewing Period
October 22, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Local Impact highlights the distinctive interests of seven artists deeply rooted in Houston’s arts community. Championed as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houston has a rich community of artists and creative practitioners which aid in keeping it relevant and exciting. The city is saturated with artists thinking about their practices and how they relate to enhancing and elevating the myriad of conversations taking place about our city. The level of rigor, collaboration and critique offered by artists for citizens to consider is inspiring and a necessary piece for this culturally thriving city. While this Round is not thematic, it looks at individual artists producing installations and public programs approaching themes around African-American history and pop culture, collaborative public art, place and identity, climate change and tourism, modern forms of communication and media consumption and radical imagination as a means of healing. From performances that create environments for engagement and contemplation to site-specific sculptures that generate ideas and articulate poetic and philosophical concerns about home, the featured work highlights the role that artists play in contributing to Houston’s culture. With so many drastic changes taking place in the city, our artists remind us that the visual arts ecosystem remains a platform for us to acknowledge history, place, and new ways of seeing and critiquing, which ultimately shape the way we engage our city and expand our ideas outward. 

Participating artists include Regina AguJooYoung ChoiSally GlassJesse Lott + Ann HarithasTierney MaloneHarold Mendez, and Patrick Renner. Round 45 is curated by Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis. Through the duration of the Round, artists will present a variety of public programs. Please visit the calendar for more information. 

In conjunction with this Round, Ann Harithas has organized an exhibition of collaborative collages made by her and PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. Not only will Jesse Lott have work on view in the 2505 Holman Street Art House, he will also be celebrated and honored this Fall at Art League Houston in the “Artist in Action: Jesse Lott” exhibition opening on September 30; 14 Pews is currently producing a film that will air in November; Mystic Lyon, a new space in the Fifth Ward where Lott grew up, will have a window installation of his work open in mid-September; and in conjunction with Sculpture Month Houston in October/November, Lott will be included in the exhibits From Space to Field at The Silos at Sawyer Yard and Friendly Fire at the Station Museum. 

All photos by Alex Barber

Round 44

Round 44 | Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators

Opening Reception
March 26, 2016 | 4-7pm

Artists' Talk
March 26, 2016 | 2:30pm

On View
March 26 – June 19, 2016 

Across the globe, political uprisings have brought an increased focus to the relationship between art and politics. Though creative resistance is nothing new, contemporary artists and activists have built upon the longstanding legacy of cultural organizing and social movement. Curated by Raquel de Anda, Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators explores modern forms of art’s role in challenging the current political paradigm and fomenting political change.

The Round will present site-specific installations by seven artists and collectives, including The Argus Project (Gan Golan, Ligaiya Romero and Julien Terrell), Charge (Jennie Ash and Carrie Schneider), Nuria Montiel & John PlueckerThe Natural History Museum (a project of Not An Alternative) in collaboration with T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), People’s Paper Co-op (Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist), Storyline Media (Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo), and Verbobala (Adam Cooper-Terán and Logan Phillips). From paper-making workshops that release people from the burden of criminal records to hybrid theatre that illuminates the realities of the border, the featured work highlights the critical role that artists play in current social justice movements.

Round 44 is co-organized by Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis.

All photos by Alex Barber

Round 43

Round 43: Small Business/Big Change: Economic Perspectives from Artists and Artrepreneurs

Opening Reception
October 24, 2015 | 4-7pm

Artists' Talk
October 24, 2015 | 2:30pm

On View
October 24, 2015 – February 28, 2016 

Round 43: Small Business/Big Change: Economic Perspectives from Artists and Artrepreneurs is a reflection on the current economic state of the community surrounding Project Row Houses, Houston's Third Ward, and neighborhoods across the nation facing similar shifts.

Building off of PRH’s longstanding value of economic sustainability, Small Business/Big Change utilizes art as a method and lens of social change to explore these ideas and question the current economic models within a neighborhood context. Throughout the viewing period, creative entrepreneurs will be given the tools needed to grow their businesses, and artists will be invited to respond to these topics through site-specific installations and programming.

Round 43 is organized by Ryan N. Dennis, public art director. Participating artists include Nsenga KnightShani PetersKameelah Janan RasheedMartine Syms (in collaboration with Diamond Stingily)Charisse Pearlina Weston and small business owners Ella Russell (in collaboration with artist Anthony Suber) and Fredia Mitchell. In conjunction with the Round, a series of public programs will also be created to initiate dialogue around economic sustainability in resource-challenged neighborhoods.

Round 42

The One and The Many: A Self-Portrait in Seven Parts

March 28 – June 21, 2015

Participating Artists: Alexandre Arrechea, Erika DeFreitas, Delio Delgado, Nathaniel Donnett, Kenya Evans, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, and Nicole Miller

Bringing together the work of artists based in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Europe, curator Sally Frater organizes Round 42: The One and the Many: A Self-portrait in Seven Parts, which both responds to the mission of Project Row Houses and is reflective of her time spent in residency at PRH, the Third Ward and Houston. Stemming from her ongoing engagement with notions of site, Round 42 will feature photography, video, textile, text-based and sculptural installation. The round draws its main title from Grant Kester’s book The One and the Many that critically examines the politics of  participatory art practices.

Round 41

Process and Action: An Exploration of Labor

October 18, 2014 - March 1, 2015

Particpating Artists: Rabéa Ballin, Julia Brown, Vanessa Diaz, Akua Holt, Rosine Kouamen, and Monica Villareal

This Round explores the ways in which contemporary artists deal with labor-intensive practices. To accomplish this, the artists will explore their individual artistic practices and the Labor issues that have shaped their work as well as the community and society at-large.

To develop this Round, several questions were posited:

  • How does the artistic process relate to Labor issues?
  • How do artists discuss the labor related practices in their work?
  • How does an artist view their labor-intensive process relative to the labor practices that a non-artist experiences daily?
  • How does the average worker in Third Ward and beyond connect to an artist around issues of Labor?

To answer these questions and others that arise in-process, the artists will attempt to bridge the gap between the themes of Labor and the artistic practice and activate the art houses by highlighting process-oriented work, engaging with the women of the Young Mothers Residential Program, and speaking to the broader themes that a discussion of Labor gives rise to.