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Henry Ossawa Tanner, ​View of the Seine​, Looking toward Notre Dame, ​1896, oil on canvas, courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY.

Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Story of an Artist’s Life in Music and Poetry

Sunday, Oct 21, 2012
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

The MFAH and Houston Ebony Opera Guild celebrate opening day of the exhibition Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit  with a concert of European and American art songs, spirituals, ensembles, poetry, and narrative that offer a reflection on Tanner’s life and legacy. Conceived and directed by HEOG's artistic coordinator, Jason Oby, the program features art, music, and poetry that—like Tanner's paintings—evoke both the artist’s long exile in France and his African American roots. 

Houston Ebony Opera Guild, a company of professionally trained, classical singers based in Houston's African American community, was founded in the late 1980s by Robert A. Henry (1916–1996). The acclaimed organization is committed to the performance and development of opera, traditional Negro spirituals, and other classical music genres.

A reception and exhibition viewing follow.  

This program is free with your general museum admission, but a ticket is required.

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Generously cosponsored by Houston Ebony Opera Guild.