“Christie Laday”

Photo courtesy of Houston Museum of African American Culture "Harlem Days" by Christie Laday


Past Event

Location Info:

Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St.
Houston, TX  77004
Drawing inspiration from tour images on Beyoncé’s website, as well as works by local father and son painters Alvin Roy and Ezra Roy, emerging artist Christie Laday has found her voice through photography and spiritual writing. She picked up a camera after a 2014 trip to Puerto Rico and found herself drawn to old, abandoned and rusty objects, seeing the hidden beauty underneath. We checked in with Dominic Clay, curator of the Burt Long, Jr. Gallery at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, about the 13 or so photographs in “Christie Laday.” Clay says that, in addition to images of her keepsakes (“that’s how she keeps her identity”), the photography exhibit includes color abstracts of concrete and rust with an organic, industrial feel, as well as black-and-white shots from her travels. In Harlem Days, Laday photographed the marquee of the famous venue that launched Jimi Hendrix and Ella Fitzgerald. “The Apollo Theater is one of the most historical institutions in America. On [the marquee] it says, ‘Follow us on Instagram and Twitter’; [it’s] a lens back to the past,” says Clay. “I think that was very dope.”

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Continuing 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Through October 15. 4807 Caroline. For information, call 713-526-1015 or visit hmaac.org. Free.


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