September 2, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002
Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program, in partnership with the Houston Public Library, presents a major exhibition, Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. This exhibition explores the diverse culture, heritage, and lore of workers associated with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel. It also includes dramatic photos, audio and video installation, maps, signage, memorabilia, banners, painted portscapes, ship models, work gear, logs, and objects that enhance and illustrate the story of this unique and diverse work place.
October 4, 2014 - February 21, 2015
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St., 77019
In collaboration with the Menil Collection and other institutions, The African American Library at the Gregory School is organizing an exhibition - featuring contemporary artists and writers responding to the history of nonviolent struggle in Houston. Originally inspired by two photographs of scenes from the Civil Rights struggle in Houston, the project will now contain more archival material drawn from Texas Southern University’s collections. The artists in the exhibition will respond to materials found in their choice archive.
September 24, 2014 - November 28, 2014
Central Library, 1st Floor Gallery Area | 500 McKinney St., 77002
The Houston Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery, along with the Houston Public Library are pleased to announce the exhibition “Tracing Towers,” featuring new work by Houston-based artist Jonathan Clark. Clark’s series of playful “super pencils” are stemmed from his interest in divine proportion. In this series of work he uses the #2 pencil, an office supply staple, as a small component to create a larger and more exciting whole.
August 2, 2014 - November 1, 2014
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002
The last quarter of the nineteenth century was a time of transition for women all across America. This reality was equally true for women living in Houston, Texas. The challenges of the war years had prepared these women to meet the challenges of a growing city. New technology reduced the time required to maintain households and created more leisure for many. Since their opportunities for formal education had often been limited, women pursued learning through the creation of clubs in which they could grow together in a circle of mutual acceptance and friendship. They also recognized that communitywide improvements, supported collectively, were needed for the public good.
During the 1890s, local clubwomen realized a free public library was a necessary component for a progressive city. Members of The Ladies’ Reading Club, The Woman’s Club of Houston, the Current Literature Club, the Ladies’ Shakespeare Club, and the Mansfield Dramatic Club organized the City Federation of Women’s Clubs. The ladies then raised money, collected books, sat on committees and boards, and badgered the occupants of City Hall. On March 2, 1904, the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library opened its doors to an appreciative population.
Although the city’s clubwomen had succeeded in their quest for a public library, they were just embarking on a journey to create a more livable city. As they moved out of parlors into the public arena, their actions would make a profound difference in the lives of Houstonians for generations to come.
This exhibition is generously supported by:
Friends of the Texas Room
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
City of Houston
Documents and Photographs from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center
October 9 - December 2014
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning | 1050 Quitman, 77009
For more than one hundred years, generations of Mexican Americans have called Northside home. A century of history reveals a neighborhood that has greatly impacted Houston: from laboring in the city’s railroad and port industries, contributing a significant number of young men to the war effort during World War II, to being the site of some of the city’s major protesting efforts for equal rights. Through a variety of documents and photographs this exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of a Mexican American neighborhood in Houston and seeks to encourage the preservation of more Northside stories.
Opening Reception | October 9, 2014 | 6 PM - 8 PM
McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library | 5411 Pardee St., 77026
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1946, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. came to Houston as an undergraduate art major at Texas Southern University. It was while studying with Dr. John Biggers that Hudnall discovered his love of photography. From his studies with the master artist Biggers, Hudnall developed a philosophy of art that focuses upon the documentation of the spirituality of African American people.
Hudnall has been chronicling African American communities in Houston for four decades with a particular interest in the Third Ward and Fourth Ward communities. With massive development accruing in these communities he began to document the community traditions, the families, the architecture, and the everyday life of the community. Much has been lost and gone forever however the photographer’s images capture the extraordinary history of these neighborhoods and others.