“Round 43, Small Business/Big Change: Economic Perspectives from Artists and Artrepreneurs”

Location Info:

Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX  77004
Five artists and two entrepreneurs examine community economics and gentrification in Third Ward in the new Project Row Houses exhibit “Round 43, Small Business/Big Change: Economic Perspectives from Artists and Artrepreneurs.”

“Part of the Round is really a push in kind of supporting a new initiative that’s happening within the neighborhood, the Emancipation Economic Development Council,” says Ryan N. Dennis, Project Row Houses’ public art director. “There is an artist, Shani Peters. Her project is called The Crown. It’s a public engagement project which utilizes reference to crowns and headdresses, but for this iteration, the focus is on economic self-determination. And she has partnered with two bookstore businesses from Harlem and Detroit,” says Dennis.

“Local artist Charisse Weston contributes The Red Book of Houston, a compendium of the black metropolis. The Red Book of Houston was actually published in 1915, and it really explored the advancement of black businesses in Houston, and her installation is a text-based installation.”

Other participating visual artists are Nsenga Knight, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Martine Syms (with Diamond Stingily). Ella Russell has created a general store in collaboration with artist Anthony Suber. “There will be some baked goods that are potentially sold. [Russell] is looking at the effects of the store in an African American community,” says Dennis. “Expect some surprises, as these are site-specific installations.” The other entrepreneur is Fredia Mitchell.

There’s an artists’ talk at 2:30 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. October 24. Regular viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. Through February 28. For information, call 713?526?7662 or visit projectrowhouses.org. Free.

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