Museum of Fine Arts Houston Presents Online Exhibit and More
Inside the MFAH: “Stronger than COVID-19” Empowering Houston High School Seniors to Reclaim the Narrative of Their Senior Year
Using Art to Bridge Gaps: Art has a way of bridging cultures and communities. In the magnitude of this moment, art can spark creative and culturally relevant conversations.
Sharing Messages of Hope: Explore the virtual exhibition Stronger than COVID-19 to see the ways students observed and responded to the pandemic’s impact on their lives. #StrongerThanCovid19
• Reflections from HISD Seniors:
Janice Liang, DeBakey High School for Health Professions: Incapacitated
“… If I can take advantage of my own time, I am not as powerless as I think I am.”
Alexandra Perez, Lamar High School: Faith over Fear
“This series of photos represents my life as a senior in quarantine, stripped from softball, prom, graduation, and many other senior experiences. While in quarantine, I realized that a lot was taken for granted …”
Stronger than COVID-19: Empowering the seniors of Houston Independent School District to reclaim the narrative of their senior year.
► Explore the Online Exhibition : Best viewed on mobile devices and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.
FOCUS ON THE MFAH COLLECTIONS: Women’s Suffrage Month
August marks Women’s Suffrage Month, saluting the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and women’s right to vote. We remember all the trailblazers and honor this milestone in American history.
[Suffragettes smoking and drinking with alligators], 1890s–1900s, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund.
Create your own masterpiece by combining vibrant words and colors! This family-friendly art activity is inspired by Wadsworth Jarrell’s Revolutionary, on view in the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.
About the Artist
Georgia native Wadsworth Jarrell (born 1929) moved to Chicago following his time in the U.S. Army, where he had become the company artist for his unit. The painter, sculptor, and co-founder of AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) took his first art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he later earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1968, he and other Chicago artists—Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Gerald Williams—founded AfriCOBRA to galvanize pride in the Black community.
Jarrell’s work draws inspiration from African cultural traditions, Black American culture, and jazz musicians. For Revolutionary, he combined vibrant words like “love,” “beautiful,” “black,” and “revolution” to create an energized portrait of political activist Angela Davis, based on a photograph from an impassioned speech Davis gave in 1970.
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