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Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monumental Decisions: Art, Politics, and Social Responsibility
In honor of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. King, the Chapel will hold a lecture and conversation exploring the power of symbols in our society today.
Ed Dwight shares his journey beginning as an Air Force Test Pilot and America’s First African American Astronaut Candidate to a proficient public artist. Over the past forty years he has created 128 monuments, memorials & public art installations around the U.S. depicting the contributions of African Americans to America’s landscape.
After his address, there will be a discussion featuring Dwight, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and Texas Southern University Art Historian and Curator Dr. Alvia Wardlaw and moderated by ABC13’s news anchor Melanie Lawson to explore the artistic, historical and political realities of monuments in this country, discussing the fine lines between chronicling and sharing history, preserving works of art, and creating a space that promotes justice and peace for all people.
For more information about the Rothko Chapel, with a full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.