June 7 - July 25, 2014
Central Library |1st Floor Gallery Area | 500 McKinney St., 77002
The Houston Public Library celebrates the cultural diversity of Houston and is dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions to our customers that reflect what makes our city so unique. In celebration of Pride Month in June 2014, Houston Public Library presents its first LGBTQ Pride Month Art Show. The exhibit features works from new and emerging artists as well as established artists with years of experience and includes abstract works as well as realistic works, photography as well as painting, sculpture as well as collage, and realia as well as digital creations.
July 28 - September 19, 2014
Central Library |1st Floor Gallery Area | 500 McKinney St., 77002
The Houston Public Library presents this exhibit of authorized digital prints by Swedish neo-Modernist painter Carl Köhler (1919-2006). This exhibit features major representative images of celebrated authors and artists and will be on display through mid-September 2014 at the Jesse H. Jones Central Library.
Köhler studied at the Swedish Royal Academy of Fine Art and gained some fame in his native country for his author portraits as well as his modernist drawings of dancers and the theater. He took particular interest in writers and other intellectuals, and though he never met his subjects, he was able to extract certain qualities from their writing and applied these to create powerful portraits. He employed multiple media and varying technique for each portrait, changing his style and palette to illuminate the idea of the writer or artist he painted. Some are so ethereal as to be almost invisibly lost in a few lines and strokes of the brush, while others are strongly stated and visceral. These are Köhler’s literary criticisms.
Since his father’s death, Henry Köhler has devoted much of this life spreading the word about his father’s achievements in painting and drawing. Though his father’s work was never fully embraced in his native Sweden, Carl Köhler has found some recognition in libraries and cultural venues in the US and Canada since his death. Henry Köhler feels that the emotional reaction to the portraits by most viewers indicates a talent in need of true recognition.
The Houston Public Library is pleased to be able to present these images to a new audience and to help in spreading the word about this under-recognized genius. Special thanks to the Dallas Public Library for loaning the authorized prints in this exhibition. For more information about Carl Köhler and his art, please visit http://www.carlkohler.se.
May 24, 2014 – July 26, 2014
Julia Ideson Building | 550 Mckinney St., 77002
Hermann Park has been a part of life in Houston since 1914, when philanthropist George Hermann donated 285 acres of land to the City. Designed by renowned landscape architect George Kessler and expanded upon by the firm Hare & Hare, the first plans laid the groundwork for many beloved features currently in the Park. Today, visitors enter the Park through the main entrance at Montrose Boulevard and Main Street to enjoy the vibrant green spaces and trails, reflection pool, McGovern Lake, Miller Theatre, golf course, garden center, and zoo.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Park went through a period of decline due to a lack of funding. Hastily constructed roads and parking lots replaced large sections of green space. Disturbed by the deterioration of the Park, locals formed the Friends of Hermann Park in 1992, which is now known as Hermann Park Conservancy. The Conservancy continues its mission to preserve and improve the Park which serves Houston and its citizens as an oasis of recreation and rest in a bustling urban environment.
Hermann Park Centennial highlights photographs and documents from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Hermann Park Conservancy that capture 100 years of the Park’s history and portray upcoming additions for the next century.
This exhibition is generously supported by Hermann Park Conservancy. Houston Public Library and the City of Houston
This exhibit is free and open to the public.
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.
April 12 - September 13, 2014
The African American Library at the Gregory School | 1300 Victor St., 77019
In 1966, Congress passed the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act. This bill applied federal funds directly to the rebuilding of urban communities devastated by poverty, blight and racial injustice. A capstone of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” the Model Cities program - as it came to be known - was unprecedented in its emphasis on local strategies and citizen participation in the planning process.
It was an Act of legislation that reflected the times. With seemingly insurmountable civil strife giving way to riots, Washington needed a response that would recognize entrenched discrimination and quell violence. In this Act, citizens were invited to work with the government, not protest against it. Mayors submitted grant applications, and if approved, were required to channel money to neighborhoods most in need, and set up citizen planning forums. In Houston, the grant barely pushed through due to hostilities toward the program from local politicians, and the city’s lack of housing codes. Out of 150 cities approved for a federal grant, Houston was the 150th. Houston officially became a Model City in December 1968.
Comprehensive urban renewal is a complex undertaking, requiring the vision of a dreamer with the applied determination of a public servant. Met with its share of pushback and crippling bureaucracy, the program was not without its successes. Model Cities remains one of the most experimental and equalizing processes to be enacted within the city of Houston.
This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Houston and Houston Public Library. Special thanks to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Barbara Jordan Archives and Special Collections at Texas Southern University, and photographer Ray Carrington.