May 7 - 29, 2021
From the Houston Museum of African American Culture:
“The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is pleased to present Houston Abstraction, from artist Dan Houston, which opens May 7, 2021 and runs through July 3, 2021. The museum is also delighted to extend Fresh and Contemporary through May 29, 2021 due to its popularity.
Dan Houston has been an exceptional, award winning, contemporary artist for more than 40 years. His work is distinct and easily identifiable for his trademark use of courageous, contrasting colors, described by his peers as “fearless” and “bold”. When these very striking colors are combined with passionate brush stokes Houston’s abstract artistry gives the viewer a sense of strength and empowerment.
According to Houston, “I am a contemporary abstract artist. Color, shape, light and music, preferably jazz are incorporated in my thoughts and vision before any painting image is begun. Sometimes I start with a singular thought and allow the paint and canvas to develop the message.“
A self proclaimed “space junkie,” many of Houston’s pieces reflect his curiosity about time and space. You see in certain pieces his desire to capture that curiosity on canvas. When he sets his creative atmosphere with the cool tunes of jazz legends in his studio, his innermost thoughts and ideas come to life on canvas-he even daydreams in Technicolor. His music of choice is jazz, which he hears in color.
“I was interested in showing the work because Dan’s use of strong, bold colors along with the confidence in his paintings strikes an emotional connection from viewers,” according to HMAAC CEO and exhibit curator John Guess, Jr. Similarly HMAAC Board Chair Cindy Miles felt “Dan’s work is a entry point into the conceptual nature of abstraction for our visitors.”
Houston Abstraction is generously sponsored by the Houston Endowment, HEB, and the Board of Directors of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the stories and exhibitions that HMAAC will bring to Texas are about the indisputable fact that while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and has impacted numerous races, genders and ethnicities. The museum continues to be a space where a multicultural conversation on race geared toward a common future takes place.”
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