Lawndale Art Center presents Jason Moran: opening day “The Sankofa Project”

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Jason Moran, Barline Hopkins Deathbed2021, pigment on Gampi paper


Image courtesy of Jason Moran

Curated by Tierney L. Malone, “The Sankofa Project” is a multi-year examination of historical events leading up to the current moment of social unrest and racial awareness. Starting with the people and stories that make up communities in Houston, this project aims to shed light on events that have been censored or ignored in historical accounts in order to reinforce the racial oppression of Black Americans.

The main street windows of the Lawndale Art Center will feature works by musician, composer and artist Jason Moran. According to Morane, “Barline Hopkins Deathbed is a tribute to legendary blues guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins. His voice cut through the air and his guitar solos were soul-healing balm. He rattled eardrums with his shrill voice, woke audiences up to get rid of them, made his guitar sound like a howling street dog or slowly dragged blues so slow it became a lullaby. Hopkins was a sonic griot, documenting the world around him through his penetrating music.”

The exhibition will remain on view until August 13.