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Project Row Houses (PRH) is pleased to announce that The Black Lunch Table (BLT), a collaborative project by artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine, will be brought to the PRH site as part of a residency with Visual Artists Network (VAN). Hart and Valentine founded BLT as a means to fill gaps in the documentation of contemporary art and change the discourse of art history.
“We artists of color working in the field of mainstream contemporary art are still working on the margins of the field,” Hart and Valentine said. “Much of our history is omitted from larger art historical narratives and studies of vernacular production.”
Operating for over a decade, the project has taken a variety of forms, using the lunch table as both literal and metaphorical sites for dialogue and action. Its iteration at PRH will see the artists host two Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, in which the community is invited to create, update and improve Wikipedia articles focused on the lives and works of artists of color based on first person accounts and research.
Following the Edit-a-thons, BLT will work with Houston-based artists of color to record conversations, personal accounts and stories as well as critical discourse around relevant work and exhibitions. Materials from these sessions will go into the BLT archive to be preserved and used for a larger, more inclusive narrative in art history and contemporary art.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons | Project Row Houses |2521 Holman St.
Monday, March 14, 2016 | 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 6:30pm