Project/Site is a commission-based temporary public art program at Project Row Houses conceived by Curator and Programs Director Ryan N. Dennis. Project/Site interrogates the landscape of Third Ward by working with artists who explore the history and culture of the neighborhood while expanding their practices beyond the studio, into the streets.
2018 | What's the New News / Nathaniel Donnett
What’s The New News is a collaboration amongst creatives and the community that speaks to the importance of the neighborhood, artists, writers, and literacy. It interrupts the everyday with the everyday by asking the community to rethink how objects, art, and information are involved in our daily lives. Newspaper racks will be transformed into public art and placed in important and valued locations within the community. The information presented for the public will take the form of articles, experimental writing, raps, and poetry.
Participating writers include Julia Brown, Ciaràn Finlayson, Lindsay Gary, John Pluecker, Dr. Andrea Roberts, Jean Sebastien, Charisse Pearlina Weston, and Carol Zou. Donnett will also collaborate with artists Ashura Bayyan, Jeanette Degollado, Brian Ellison, Phillip Pyle II, and Monica Villarreal.
Participating writers include Michon Benson, Julia Brown, Theresa Escobedo, Jeremy Johnson, Josie Pickens, Dr. Andrea Roberts, and Laura A.L. Wellen. Artists designing the second set of newsstands: Nathaniel Donnett, Marlon Foster, Matt Manalo, Sofia Mekonnen, and Anthony Suber.
Issues of What's the New News will available at newsstands posted around Third Ward: Project Row Houses, Doshi House, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Crumbville TX, and the Third Ward Multi-Services Center.
Nathaniel Donnett lives and works in Houston, Texas and studied at Texas Southern University. Donnett is the founder of the website "Not That But This". He is the recipient of two Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grants in 2015 and 2011, two Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grants in 2017 and 2011, a 2015 Houston Downtown Vehicular Wayfinding Signs Project public art commission, a 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant, , and a 2010 Artadia Award. He’s exhibited at The Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas, The American Museum in Washington, DC, The Kemper Contemporary Arts Museum in Kansas City, MO, The Theresa Hotel in Harlem, NY, the Harvey B Gantt Art Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC, The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, in Houston, Texas at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and Texas Southern University Museum, The New Museum, New York, NY, The National Museum and The Modern Museum of Peru in Lima, Peru.
2016 | OJBKFM Third Coast / Otabenga Jones & Associates
Project/Site’s inaugural project in 2016 commissioned Houston-based artists Otabenga Jones & Associates to realize OJBKFM Radio, a temporary outdoor community radio station broadcasting from the back of a 1959 pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The mobile station sought to defibrillate the Dowling Street Corridor. Once the booming and beating heart of Third Ward, Dowling Street was the concourse of successful businesses and social clubs, Black Nationalists and pan-Africanists, churches and community centers.