Round 47

Round 47 | The Act of Doing: Preserving, Revitalizing and Protecting Third Ward 

Opening + Free Market Square
October 14, 2017 | 4-7pm 

Artist Talks
October 14, 2017 | 3pm  

Viewing Period
October 14, 2017 – March 25, 2018 

Gentrification is reshaping the social and physical landscape of Third Ward, threatening the future of this historic African American community. In the face of uncertainty, an unprecedented coalition of churches, nonprofits, community development corporations, business owners, artists, and residents formed the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC). Since its founding in 2015, the EEDC has developed a rigorous set of strategies for revitalizing and protecting this historic neighborhood while preserving its rich African American culture.  

The Act of Doing amplifies the questions posed by the EEDC – questions of place, displacement, ownership, and creative community organizing - while documenting its formation and early impact on the community through a timeline installation and an interactive space capturing the stories ignored in the gentrification process. While these houses are dedicated to the EEDC's journey, several installations will house a poetic exchange between local artists and the vision of the Council. 

Throughout the duration of Round 47, artists, residents, and community organizers will collaborate to host a series of workshops, events, and direct actions. These events will support the EEDC in achieving its vision for Third Ward, as “a resilient, dynamic, and economically prosperous community where people live, work and thrive in a historically and culturally rich African-American neighborhood.”  

In conjunction with the opening of the Round, Free Market Square will organize a family friendly market with vendors and performers from the Third Ward and communities across Houston.  

Participating artists include Right to Stay, Right to Say (Zeinab Bakhiet, Olutomi Subulade, & Melanie Meleekah Villegas); Brian Ellison; Danielle Fanfair, Harrison Guy, Marlon Hall, & Anthony Suber; Nikita Hodge; Sofia Mekonnen; and Marc Newsome. Round 47 also features Collaboration Timeline House, designed by Adelle Main. 

Round 47 is organized by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director, in collaboration with Dr. Assata Richards of Sankofa Research Institute.

Round 46

Round 46 | Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at Project Row Houses

Opening + Community Market
March 25, 2017 | 4-7pm

Viewing Period
March 25 - June 4, 2017

What happens when individual artists use their platform for collective organizing to address challenging socio-political economic issues we face as a society? This Round will utilize the seven art houses as a platform to cultivate public dialogues about the issues that impact the lives and movement of Black People while creating space for the general public to get involved in generative ways. Throughout the houses, a collection of objects, ephemera, performance, digital and installation-based work by the many women of Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter will be installed. Some houses will be home to immersive installations of videos while other houses will create opportunities for the public to create ephemera and host meetings to respond and organize based on our current political moment while addressing issues that impact the lives of Third Ward residents.

During the incubation period, we will work with local artists to establish a chapter of BWA for BLM in Houston and to create an installation or performance based on conversations. The Houston chapter will become a part of the larger network of BWA for BLM groups that are active in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. 

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.