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Houston Public Library Features Four Outstanding Exhibits


BY Alex Wang [ July 18, 2013 at 21:09:39 ]

Houston Public Library offers customers many diverse resources and programs every day, and now it’s also featuring four outstanding exhibits. Customers are invited to view the exhibits “Fine Tuning: Celebrating 100 Years of the Houston Symphony,” “Negro Spirituals: A Triple Middle Passage,” “Open the Door,” and “SPARKling Collages Art Exhibit.” These exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

Featured Exhibits:

“Fine Tuning: Celebrating 100 Years of the Houston Symphony”
Now thru October 19, 2013
Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77002, 832-393-1662
This exhibit is free and open to the public.

A symphony for Houston was the dream of both Miss Ima Hogg and local café orchestra leader Julien Paul Blitz. In 1913 they joined forces to make their dream a reality. Blitz chose the best local musicians for the orchestra and Miss Hogg used her considerable connections in musical and social circles to promote the idea. A June 21st concert at the old Majestic Theatre led to a three-concert series that was undertaken for five seasons. The orchestra disbanded toward the end of World War I, and after several attempts the orchestra was reformed in 1931.

Conductors of the greatest tenure include Ernst Hoffmann, Efrem Kurtz, Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli, Lawrence Foster, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph Eschenbach, and Hans Graf. In 2013 the Houston Symphony announced as Music Director Designate the young Colombian, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Today’s orchestra is an internationally acclaimed ensemble performing almost 300 concerts annually.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Houston Public Library, the Houston Symphony and the City of Houston.

“Negro Spirituals: A Triple Middle Passage”
Now thru August 3, 2013
The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., 77019, 832-393-1440
The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Known for his narrative paintings and outstanding draftsmanship, poet Harvey Johnson has dedicated his work to the depiction of the human condition, showing the spirit of man struggling above the mundane. Born in Port Arthur, Texas and raised by his mother, African and African-American women function as solid and graceful allegories of creativity, life, hope and the survival of a community and culture. Recurring symbols, such as the shotgun homes, are used to express the importance of social ties essential to black American cultural life.

Whether sketching an African woman dancing or painting a familial scene, Harvey Johnson’s inspiration is drawn from African art and culture, from the injustices of a segregated United States, from the stoic women of his own family and from the heroism of everyday survival.

“My poetry expresses the relationship between our African ancestral culture and African communities throughout America. This foundation emerges from an aesthetic of a people who, ‘On the study of the laws of nature, founded the elements of the arts and sciences and those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe.’ It is deeply grounded in African spirituals, gospels, blues, and jazz, recognizing the capacity of the African community in America to transcend racial abuse while transforming it into a positive spiritual humanity. ‘Negro Spirituals’ must be the focal point of my poetry because, they are not only sorrow songs of devastating tragedy, but are also evidences of an African aesthetic. We have been given a complex meaning of the sacred scientific laws governing the order of the universe in its ever evolving cycles of healing, life and death and rebirth.” ~ Harvey Johnson

“Open the Door Exhibit”
Now thru December 2013
Central Library Plaza, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313
This exhibit is free and open to the public.

“Open the Door” is an international public art project developed by the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and 9eme Concept, the 9th Concept, a Parisian artists collective, in collaboration with many Houstonian artists, educational, cultural, and community organizations. One side of the doors is a work of art by a French artist and the other by a Texan artist. The exhibit is represented by 12 French and Texan urban artists as well as student and artist laureates and co-curated by Karine Parker-Lemoyne and Romain Froquet.

The art project is supported by the City of Houston, the French Consulate of Houston, the Houston Public Library, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and East Downtown Management District and is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

“SPARKling Collages Art Exhibit”
Now thru August 15, 2013
Central Library Plaza, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313
This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The SPARK School Park Program is a non-profit organization operating out of the City of Houston Mayor's Office developed in 1983 as a way to increase park space in Houston. Former City Council Member Eleanor Tinsley created SPARK to develop public school grounds into neighborhood parks. SPARK combines the resources of the Housing and Community Development Department, twelve local school districts, Harris County, the private sector, neighborhood groups, PTA/PTO groups and concerned citizens.

Charming Charlie, a fashion accessories retailer, approached SPARK in November 2010 to recycle damaged materials into student art work. The efforts have been part of an overall SPARK 30th year celebration in 2013. Collage boards with a theme of "Play in the Park" were created by students across the Houston area. Representative collages will be featured in the 2014 SPARK Art Calendar. Over 20 student-created collages are now on display.

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than seven million customers per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at http://www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.
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