Simple Stories: The Photography of Robert Houston
Reception: Sat Dec 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Public Reception: Sat. Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm ~ 6pm, Artist’s Comments
Kerplunk! ~ Sat. Dec. 7, 12-3 pm ~ Free Family Drop-In Program
An Evening with the Storyteller: Robert Houston – Marquee Lounge ~ Thurs. Dec. 12, 8:30-9 pm
A curatorial project of Sandra Abbott’s UMBC Museum Studies class, Simple Stories explores the work of photographer Robert Houston. Houston's photographic career documents half a century of portraits and everyday life, including his work for LIFE magazine and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit runs Dec. 6 – 14, 2013 with a reception and talk with artist Robert Houston on Sat. Dec. 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
About the Exhibition
Over the past few decades, Baltimore has been viewed as a group of disparate neighborhoods rather than a unified community; however, art has the power to transcend such restrictive boundaries. The photographs of Robert Houston celebrate the underlying essence of humanity embodied by each and every one of us.
The exhibition installation will feature a participatory educational space where visitors are encouraged to share their own stories or image making. Other programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition include an intimate event, An Evening with the Storyteller, 8:30-9 pm on December 12th in the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Lounge. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions at this casual, student-moderated Q&A with the artist. On Saturday, December 7th, 12 noon to 3 pm, the Creative Alliance’s weekly, free drop-in program, Kerplunk! will host the students as facilitators with exhibition-specific programming for families.
For this exhibition only, Mr. Houston has allowed the students full freedom to interpret and use his works, allowing them to organize an exhibition entirely of their own vision. Simple Stories (formerly conceived as Starting with an Image) is curated by UMBC’s Art 427 Museum Practice students, including Shae Adams, Victoria Baron, Ryan Campbell, Samantha Eller, Kathleen Foster, Jessica Gordon, Chiu Yee Hui, Robin Martin, Domenica Mejia-Clavijo, Kymberly Peters, Jazmin Smith, and Suwachani Uyangodage.