Public Ritual and Procession | Til dah wata comes

Public Ritual and Procession | Til dah wata comes

This free program begins at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston with The Dirty South and then moves across the street to the MFAH for Afro-Atlantic Histories.

Registration Space is limited, so register in advance. When the event reaches full capacity, you can join the waitlist. 

About the Exhibitions
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse makes visible the roots of Southern hip-hop culture, revealing how the aesthetic traditions of the African American South have shaped visual art and musical expression over the last 100 years. Afro-Atlantic Histories explores the African diaspora in the Americas, tracing the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade through art and documents made in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe across 500 years.

About the Program
From wading chest-deep in mud along the murky shores of the dismal swamp, to regulating the temperature in the rinse sink at the beauty salon, water is a critical bio-spiritual technology for cultural expression and survival. Even though nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent is fresh. As stewards of this planet, people have a responsibility to protect and commune with the water, an experience enhanced through ritual and performance. Artist Viktor le. Givens guides participants in a meditation procession bridging themes from the exhibitions. Part performance and part communal ritual, this experience explores the beautiful complexities of water in relation to Afro-Atlantic cultural expression and spiritual rememory. Guests are invited to wear shades of white and blue to honor the eco-spiritual implications of the Atlantic Ocean as a site for trauma and transfiguration. Performance facilitators for the event are Ganavya Doraiswamy, Frewhun, Jasmine Hearn, and Medina Perine.

Free Admission General admission is free to both museums, which are located at the intersection of Montrose Boulevard and Bissonnet Street. The address of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is 5216 Montrose Blvd. Space is limited, so register in advance. When the event reaches full capacity, you can join the waitlist. RSVP NOW

Safety Guidelines A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here.

Accessibility Questions or Requests? If you have any questions about accessibility, email or call 713.639.7300.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.

“Afro-Atlantic Histories” is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museu de Arte de Sāo Paulo in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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