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November 2018- Houston

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and Jesse Lott, and contemporaries Floyd Newsum and Bert Samples occupying roles as co-founders emeritus. Lowe told Art in America: "Genius unfolds when simple actions come together at the right time and manifest themselves in ways that are powerful. To me it doesn't carry with the person — it's the context in which the person acts which allows 'genius' to unfold." REFLECTION ON ROW HOUSES As a writer who has covered the Houston art scene for more than 20 years, I fi rst wrote about Row Houses in 1998, fi ve years in, as a fl edgling reporter for the gritty Public News. The assignment, which yielded a friendship with Bert Long Jr., introduced a new model to me — one where artwork mediated on place and also reverberated in that actual place. I wrote at the time of Row Houses using "art as a catalyst to stimulate constructive dialogue addressing cultural, educational, and social issues." The same remains true of PRH's mission and guiding mantra in its third decade. Since 1993, there have been 48 rounds of art installations, 300-some talents doing more than showing — interacting and folding into the community during their months-long projects. (Round 48, presciently titled "Beyond Social Practice," remains on view through February 17, 2019.) Two other memorable PRH encounters took place a decade later. One was seeing Susan Plum's glass Maya Cosmic Tree of Life in one of the simple shotgun houses. The installation, part of Round 27 in 2007-2008, was transformative; the artist and I later became friends. My greatest recent Row House experience involved performance: attending Tierney Malone's Jazz Church of Houston evenings (Round 45, 2016-2017) where the size of the crowd made for an evening intimate and profound. (Malone was part of the originals, showing in the very fi rst Round 1 in 1994-1995.) This summer it was hard to top Arnett Cobb's 100th birthday celebration at Eldorado Ballroom, another Jazz Church presentation on the Row Houses campus. THE TORCH IS PASSED Meet three women who are propelling Project Row Houses forward. Our Q&A with executive director Eureka Gilkey, curator and programs director Ryan N. Dennis, and 2018 UH CASE + PRH Fellow Regina Agu follows, an exclusive at Beto O'Rourke, Houston, August 20, 2018 (continued from page 84) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 5-9PM @ Spring Street Studios & Sabine Street Studios SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5-9PM @ The Silos At Sawyer Yards, Silver Street Studios, & Winter Street Studios @ashergallery Asher Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft In the Museum District 4848 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002 Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM Phone: 713.529.4848 x 102 TRUNK SHOW NOVEMBER 10 - 11 PREVIEW RECEPTION NOVEMBER 9, 5:30 - 8:00 PM Members Save 10% HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES

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