Family, Community, and Shorts: A Project Row Houses / MFAH Collaboration

Dates
Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, 2018
Overview
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Family, Community, and Shorts: A Project Row Houses / MFAH Collaboration, a weekend film series celebrating the 25th anniversary of Project Row Houses (PRH). The films, co-programmed by Ryan N. Dennis, curator and programs director at PRH, present themes of family, community, and identity. For more details visit, mfah.org/PRH.

Screenings
Personal Problems
(Directed by Bill Gunn, USA, 1980, 165 min. with intermission)
*Introduced by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw, MFAH Honorary Trustee and Director of the University Art Museum at Texas Southern University
Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m.
A true discovery, this ensemble piece explores black middle-class lives with candor and emotional intensity. The groundbreaking two-part series, originally made for television, stars Walter Cotton, Vertamae Grosvenor, Jim Wright, and Sam Waymon, with music by Carman Moore, and cinematography by Robert Polidori. Released theatrically for the first time in 2018, the film was called “a rediscovered milestone in independent black cinema” by Bomb Magazine.

Crooklyn
(Directed by Spike Lee, USA, 1994, 115 min.)
*Introduced by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director of Project Row Houses
Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.
Spike Lee’s funny seventh feature, inspired by his own upbringing, is about a teacher (Alfre Woodard), her stubborn jazz musician husband (Delroy Lindo), and their five children living in a close-knit Brooklyn neighborhood. Life’s inevitable challenges are lifted up by an exceptional soundtrack by Terence Blanchard, with songs from Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, the Stylistics, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Jackson 5.

Short Films
The weekend closes with a selection of new and classic short films followed by a discussion with filmmakers Brian Ellison and Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. moderated by Amarie Gipson, Mellon Curatorial Fellow and Eszter Simor, Curatorial Fellow.
Sunday, July 15, at 5 p.m.

black enuf*
(Directed by Carrie Hawks, USA, 2017, 23 min.)
Creatively weaving together family stories, interviews, and a variety of illustrative styles, this animated autobiography explores the filmmaker’s identity as a queer person of color.

Born With It
*Presented by filmmaker Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
(Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr., USA, 2015, 15 min., in English and Japanese with English subtitles)
A half-Japanese, half-black boy intends to prove to his new Japanese classmates that dark skin is not a disease.

A Day in the Tr3
*Presented by filmmaker Brian Ellison
(Directed by Brian Ellison, USA, 2017, 7 min.)
This film follows a young man through his Third Ward neighborhood which is rapidly changing due to gentrification. Even in the midst of the changes, he experiences the day to day beauty that hides in plain sight and embraces all that his community continues to offer.

Location
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Caroline Wiess Law Building / Brown Auditorium Theater
1001 Bissonnet Street

Admission
Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for MFAH members, PRH members, students with ID, and senior adults. Visit www.mfah.org/films to purchase advance tickets.
Film Buffs is the Museum’s membership group for movie lovers. Visit www.mfah.org/filmbuffs or call 713.639.7861 for more information.

Funding The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Franci Neely; Nina and Michael Zilkha; American Turkish Association-Houston; Lynn S. Wyatt; James V. Derrick; ILEX Foundation; and L'Alliance Française de Houston.

Media Contact
Sarah Hobson, publicist
713.800.5345 / shobson@mfah.org

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Project Row Houses Journeys to Washington, D.C. for Special Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennie Roberts, jennie@elmorepr.com
Nataly Torres, nataly@elmorepr.com
Elmore Public Relations, 713.524.0661

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Project Row Houses Journeys to Washington, D.C. for Special Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Part of the PRH 25th Anniversary Celebration, tour takes attendees to the nation’s capital for four days of special discussions, sight-seeing 

WHAT:
Project Row Houses (PRH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities through engagement, art and direct action, will be leading a special tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. from August 2–5, 2018.

The museum’s collection includes a permanent display on Project Row Houses as well as work by founding artist Floyd Newsum. While at the museum, attendees will meet with staff for special discussions on the development of the museum and its important role in the national conversation. Newly opened in 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum dedicated to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

While visiting the nation’s capital, attendees will enjoy sight-seeing and visit other iconic sites, including the 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Portrait Gallery.

Now in its 25th year, PRH was a thought experiment conceived by an extraordinary group of artists who have been active in the Houston community, especially the Third Ward, for decades. The trip to Washington, D.C. is a part of PRH’s year-long celebration for this milestone anniversary.

To learn more about the remainder of the special events and activities planned, please visit: https://projectrowhouses.org/press-releases/project-row-houses-celebrates-its-25th-anniversary

WHERE:              
Washington D.C.

WHEN:                
Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5, 2018

TICKETS:              
$1,500. Registration includes airfare, meals, and hotel accommodations.  

To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/2IYJNdM

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ABOUT PROJECT ROW HOUSES (PRH)

PRH is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. It engages neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.

PRH occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The PRH model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.

Project Row Houses Hosting Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennie Roberts, jennie@elmorepr.com
Nataly Torres, nataly@elmorepr.com
Elmore Public Relations, 713.524.0661

Project Row Houses Hosting Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23

Part of the PRH 25th Anniversary Celebration, bus tour offers an inside look at several public art works created by PRH founders

Project Row Houses (PRH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities through engagement, art and direct action, is hosting a series of Founders Bus Tours on Saturdays, June 2 – 23 as part of its year-long 25th anniversary celebration.

The tour, led by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director, and Jeanette Degollado, Public Art Coordinator, will take participants on a journey to view works that build upon the backdrop of iconic sites across Houston. Stops include the University of Houston-Downtown, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Hermann Park and more.

Joining the tour are some of the legendary founding artists themselves, including Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples and George Smith. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and reflect on the founding artists' rich artistic practices through a compelling discussion.

Now in its 25th year, PRH was a thought experiment conceived by an extraordinary group of artists who have been active in the Houston community, especially the Third Ward, for decades. The bus tours are a part of PRH’s year-long celebration for this milestone anniversary.

To learn more about the remainder of the special events and activities planned, please visit: https://projectrowhouses.org/press-releases/project-row-houses-celebrates-its- 25th-anniversary

WHERE:
Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004

WHEN:
Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018
Arrive by 11:45 a.m.
Tour from 12 – 3 p.m.

TICKETS: Member tickets are $20 and guest tickets are $30. To purchase your tickets, please visit: https://projectrowhouses.org/news/founders-bus-tours-this-june

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ABOUT PROJECT ROW HOUSES (PRH)

PRH is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. It engages neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.

PRH occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African- American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The PRH model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.

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Project Row Houses celebrates its 25th Anniversary 

PRH Turns 25
Project Row Houses celebrates its 25th Anniversary 

Houston, TX - February 5, 2018 - Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce that 2018 is its 25th Anniversary. Project Row Houses was founded with a mission to be the catalyst for the transformation of community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture. While the heart of this mission remains at the core of our work, Project Row Houses has always been adaptive and responsive to our ever-changing neighborhood. PRH’s roots remain deeply planted in the Historic Third Ward community. 

“We have so much to celebrate as we continue our work in this historic community,” said Eureka Gilkey, executive director. “We also see this milestone as an important opportunity to pause, take stock, and renew our vision for the future.”

Over the past two decades, PRH has become an international model for artists and communities to address their needs for historic preservation and community enrichment. PRH is excited and proud to share its new mission statement: We empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art, & direct action. 

Going forward, PRH has also embraced a new look - one that aligns with the vision and direction of the organization while paying homage to its founding principles. With the development of projects like Trans.Lation: Vickery Meadow in Dallas, TX, and Victoria Square Project in Athens, Greece, the PRH model is tested and active, empowering individuals and communities through collective creativity and establishing sustainable opportunities. 

Join Project Row Houses as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a series of events that highlights the history and culture of the organization as well as the individuals who have made the past 25 years possible. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit projectrowhouses.org/anniversary. 

25th Anniversary Activities

Athens Tour | April 26-30

Experience the PRH model on a global scale as we set off to Athens, Greece and visit the newly established Victoria Square Project. Guided by 2014 MacArthur Fellow and PRH Founding Director Rick Lowe, we'll see how Athenian artists have applied the PRH model to a community of refugees in need of a catalyst for empowerment.  

CommuniTea with YMRP | May 6

To celebrate and commemorate the women of PRH - the legacy of female leadership, contributions, and community - don your hat, sandals, sundresses, and seersucker suits for an afternoon of fun, celebration, and treats! Purchase tickets at bit.ly/teawithymrp

Founders Bus Tours | June 2, 9, 16, 22

Join us for a tour of public art created by the founding artists of PRH. Led by the PRH staff, this tour will feature discussions with founders Jesse Lott, Bert Samples, and George Smith as participants explore and reflect on their rich artistic practices. 

Screenings with MFAH | July 13-15

PRH will collaborate with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to showcase filmmakers of color as we screen works that act as extensions of Black Life, explore various means of building community, and illustrate how art is subtly interweaved into everyday life. 

 

DC Trip | August 2-5

Journey with PRH to the US capital for a special tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which houses a permanent display on Project Row Houses as well as work by founding artist Floyd Newsum. We will also be bringing 10 students from the neighborhood so that they can experience the museum and see themselves in the history. 

Symposium | September 7-8

This thought-provoking symposium examines the intersection of art and community as well as the founding principles of Project Row Houses and the practices of socially engaged artists. Artists, curators, and organizers will come together to explore the issues that face contemporary art, the Third Ward and other, similarly marginalized communities. 

Round 48 Opening + Block Party | October 13 

Round 48 will investigate the storied connection between artists and activism within contemporary art. In conjunction with the opening, we'll be hosting a block party that spans our expansive site with fun games, great food, and amazing performances.