In conjunction with the exhibition "Two & 1/2 Years: A Visual Celebration to the Spirit of Juneteenth," Galveston Arts Center invites you to a performance by artists from the album that inspired the exhibition on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 2:00 PM. Robert Hodge and Tierney Malone will speak about the process of creating the album and inspiration behind the songs. Featured artists will play a selection of works from the album including 3bubble and J. Gray, A.MADVYLXN, Shae and Lizette Cobb, Wolf Grey, Mike Hobbs Band, Dorado Seven, Michele Thibeaux, Rosewood Thievz, and Wheels of Steel DJ Imani.
"Two & 1/2 Years: A Visual Celebration to the Spirit of Juneteenth" is a collaboration between multidisciplinary artists Tierney Malone and Robert Hodge. The story of the institution of slavery in Texas and the origins of the Juneteenth celebration are reexamined and retold musically and visually. The exhibition is a visual representation of the music project "Two and 1/2 Years: A Musical Celebration to the Spirit of Juneteenth," produced by Robert Hodge and Tierney Malone, released June 19, 2016.
To say that music is a big part of artists Robert Hodge and Tierney Malone work is an understatement. Most prominently, Hodge designed the Lightnin' Hopkins bus stop on Emancipation boulevard. Recently, he created an installation of music ephemera and collectibles in the recent "Friendly Fire" exhibition at the Station Museum which prefigured the form, if not the scope of this collaborative work. Malone's tributes to African-American music greats are always immediately recognizable. Malone's installations, murals, and works on paper combine the cool visual jazz style of Blue Note records and other iconic labels with a weathered, time-worn approach to surfaces. Both of these artists, separately and working together, create works of art which by their lived-in appearances seem to say that nothing is new, everything is imbued by history and the lives of the people that lived with constant hardship and beauty.
This special concert at the Galveston Arts Center is a centerpiece to their ongoing exhibition, "Two & 1/2 Years: A Celebration of Juneteenth"