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Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence (now closed)

African American Library at the Gregory School
Oct 4–
Feb 21
2015
1300 Victor St, Houston TX 77019

Nonviolent social movements of the 20th century have continually posed the question of how nonviolence can be a force for change in society. Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence features fourteen contemporary artists and writers responding to the history of nonviolent struggle in Houston and its aesthetic. Inspired by various archival collections in the city, participating artists respond to materials found in their chosen archive using a broad range of approaches and mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall-drawings, and installation.

THE ARTISTS
Regina Agu
Rabéa Ballin
Gregory Michael Carter
Jade Cooper
Jamal Cyrus
Kenya Evans
Robert Hodge
Autumn Knight
Lauren Kelly
Thomas Meloncon
Robert Pruitt
Phillip Pyle
Garry Reece
Deon Robinson
Anthony Suber
M’Kina J Tapscott

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Oct 4
2014
2–4 PM
Exhibition Opening
Freedmen’s Town / Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Opening of “Organized Love: Ideas on Nonviolence”

Debut of an exhibition of 16 artists and writers responding to the history of nonviolent struggle in Houston, including a reading by a contributing writer.

Nov 1
2014
11 AM - 12:30 PM
Tribute
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX, United States

American Citizens Killed During Non-violent Acts

Non-violent protest has been a powerful method for bringing about political and social change. Join artist Phillip Pyle as he reads the names of American citizens that have lost their lives while practicing acts of non-violence.

Nov 1
2014
1-2 PM
Sit-in/Installation
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Sit-in

Join artist Robert Pruitt for a non-traditional programming event offering a continuous opportunity wherein viewers may volunteer to perform the sit in within the actual lunch counter installation.

Jan 5
2015
POSTPONED
Conversation
Historic Third Ward
the Eldorado Ballroom, Elgin Street, Houston, TX, United States

Organized Love: It’s a Process

POSTPONED–Please watch this site for NEW DATE to come

A conversation about the effectiveness of protests against oppressive systems in Rabéa Ballin’s artwork and Danielle Burns’s exhibition, “Organized Love.”

Jan 10
2015
1 PM
Panel Discussion
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Power of the Image

Individuals living in an image-wealthy society are exposed to countless forms of visual stimulation by the internet and mass media. As a result, people have become desensitized to an ever-erupting display of pictorial fodder. Organized Love artist Deon Robinson will direct a panel of participants through a candid conversation about their feelings and sentiments regarding… Read More

Jan 10
2015
2:30 PM
Poetry Reading, Performance, and Discussion
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Celebrating Amiri Baraka

This program presented by artist Regina Agu will highlight the work of the African American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism Amiri Baraka. Commemorating the first anniversary of his passing, it will explore his lectures and other intersections with Houston and institutions such as Rice University, Texas Southern University and The Menil… Read More

Jan 24
2015
1-3 PM
Tribute and Celebration
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute and Birthday Celebration

A special tribute and belated birthday celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join us for a festive occasion to honor and celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest leaders of our time, the late civil-rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Presented by Phillip Pyle the Second.

Feb 7
2015
2:30-3:30 PM
Talk
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019, United States

In Reaction to the Civil Rights Movement

There is an increasing need for meaningful discourse, particularly on the issues highlighted by the Civil Rights Movement. Join Organized Love artist Anthony Suber as he recontextualizes the purpose and latent meaning behind photographs, writings, and art that have been created in reaction to civil disobedience and non-violent struggle.

Feb 7
2015
1-3:30 PM
Game Day and Chess Tournament
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX, United States

Who’s Winning?

When the choice was made by Black and White civic leaders in 1960 not to publicize the desegregation of lunch counters in Houston, many Houstonians were angered not only by the act itself but the apparent concealment of the information by the city’s leading media outlets.  Jade Cooper’s work? visually questions the strategy implemented by… Read More

Feb 8
2015
6:30 PM
Presentation and Book Signing
Downtown
500 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX, United States

Congressman John Lewis Presentation and Book Signing

Presented by the Houston Public Library in observation of African American History Month and in conjunction with the exhibit, “Organized Love: Ideas on Non-violence”, on view at the Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School. Congressman John Lewis is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His… Read More

Feb 21
2015
2-3:30
Panel Discussion and Selected Readings
Freedmen's Town/Fourth Ward
1200 Victor Street, Houston, TX, United States

Organized Love: Ideas on Non-violence—Panel Discussion and Selected Readings

Join artists participating in Organized Love: Ideas on Non-violence as they discuss their processes for creating their works in the exhibition. Readings by Thomas Meloncon and Garry Reece, who were commissioned to write in response to the exhibition.