New Houston exhibit celebrates anniversary of groundbreaking integrated art exhibit

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Revolutionary racially integrated art exhibition is honored in Houston on its fiftieth anniversary.

The exhibit, originally in the heart of Houston’s Fifth Quarter, can now be viewed through the end of the month at the DeLuxe Theater.

“Art For The People” celebrates “The De Luxe Show” with original photographs from the exhibition’s Menil collection which brought black paintings and sculptures to the forefront of the fine art scene and made them accessible to the public. local community.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, the Menil Foundation sponsored the exhibit during turbulent times in the country, when black artists were sometimes denied equal opportunity for exhibits about their own communities and origins.

Over 4,000 people attended the show in its first year. The show, said to be one of the country’s first integrated exhibitions, brought the once dilapidated De Luxe Theater back to life and helped solidify it as a mainstay of the community long after the exhibition closed.

The exhibit is now available for viewing from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday until September 30 at the Deluxe Theater at 3303 Lyons Avenue. The show is hosted by the 5th Quarter Cultural Arts Districts and will also feature artists from Houston and the Fifth Quarter including David Graeve, Kaneem Smith, George Smith, Mel Chin, Jesse Lott and Emily Sloan.

“The reason this historic and groundbreaking art exhibit has been successful is because of the people of 5th Ward,” said Harrison Guy, director of arts and culture for the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, the non-profit organization lucrative that hosts the 5th Ward CAD, in a statement.

Photographs from the Menil Collection archives will show former congressman and then activist Mickey Leland and State Senator Barbara Jordan, neighborhood children gathered as artists set up the exhibit, and much more . “

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