Kinfolk House, the collaborative project space in Fort Worth founded by Texas artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby, will celebrate its grand opening with a public reception at the gallery, which is located in the city’s Polytechnic Heights neighborhood.
Welcome, the inaugural exhibition at the new space, will open to the public on March 5, 2022 from 12pm to 8pm, and is on view through April 24, 2022. The show’s title invokes Mr. Huckaby’s grandmother, Hallie Beatrice Carpenter, who formerly owned the residence that is now Kinfolk House. Carpenter’s maiden name was “Welcome”, and the show’s title reflects the space’s mission to, “uplift the beauty, talent, and culture in Polytechnic.”
As a part of the exhibition, memorabilia and sound recordings gathered by Carpenter’s family will be displayed alongside artwork by Mr. and Ms. Huckaby, which reflects the creative output of the family’s matriarch. Mr. Huckaby’s work in the show includes paintings of Carpenter and her descendants, which were created before her death in 2008 and through present day, as well as a series of figurative sculptures consisting of newspaper pulp. Mrs. Huckaby will exhibit photographic prints on fabric chronicling the path of Carpenter’s life, beginning in her hometown of Weimer, Texas, and continuing through Waco and, finally, to Fort Worth.
The Huckabys, who are married, announced the opening of the space in November 2021, with the goal to, “build outside the preconceived ideas of ‘what art is.'” The exhibition space is operated by the Huckabys with Director Jessica Fuentes (disclosure: Fuentes is the News Editor for Glasstire). When asked about the decision to work with the Huckabys, Ms. Fuentes had this to say: “It was an opportunity to create something from the ground up, created by and centering people of color.”
The couple also have numerous other project currently on view in Texas galleries and institutions: Sedrick Huckaby’s Goin’ Up Yonder opens at Talley Dunn in Dallas on March 5, Letitia Huckaby’s Koinonia is exhibiting at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio through March 6, and the pair have a two-person show of their work, A Glimpse of Glory, on view through March 20, 2022 at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art.
To read more about the history of the historic home and the space’s mission, visit the Kinfolk House website.