The Billboard Campaign: Opening + Conversation
In conjunction with the exhibition "Margin and Center" at Houston Center for Photography, Project Row Houses and HCP have come together to present "The Billboard Campaign," created by the artist-run initiative For Freedoms. "The Billboard Campaign" (2016- ) is an ongoing series of artist-produced billboard installations in public spaces and in art spaces. Co-opting the billboard format - a tool of political advertising - these works invite the viewer to engage critically, both with the messages they present and with the medium of political advertising itself. At Project Row Houses, the billboard sign reads, "Where do we go from here?" which evokes multiple feelings and sensations that can be applied to the local and national community. The phrase also has several historical touchstones, including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as well as Paul Gauguin's esoteric, allegorical painting, "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" (1897-98).
Join Houston-based artist, Regina Agu, and For Freedoms artist and co-founder, Eric Gottesman, as they share about their practices in public space, collaboration and how they utilize language and tools within their art practice to open dialogue about issues that impact civilians. This talk will be followed by a workshop, led by Regina and Eric to have the audience envision the impact they want their current projects to have in shaping society. The goal is to open a dialogue about the necessity for art in the political landscape and how we can better equip artists to build networks of action. It is suggested that attendees bring ideas for a project to workshop with the group.