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Black Art at Rice: A conversation with Preston Branton

(08/26/20 1:40am)

Editor’s note: Since spring 2019, the Black at Rice features series has highlighted and celebrated Black voices on campus. As we at the Thresher explore ways to better amplify and honor Rice’s Black community, the Arts & Entertainment section is introducing an extension of Black at Rice that aims to shed light on the inspirations, influences, wisdom and work of Black artists. Any and all art forms from Rice community members are eligible to be featured! Have someone in mind whose art should be in the spotlight? Nominate them here. 

DJ Screw’s legacy manifests beyond music at new CAMH exhibit

(03/10/20 10:54pm)

Two decades after his death, DJ Screw’s legacy has been captured and immortalized by 15 visual artists at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in a unique  two-part exhibition titled “Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses.” The exhibit is inspired by the techniques of the chopped and screwed genre, which DJ Screw, born Robert Earl Davis Jr., developed in the early 1990s, and which has since become synonymous with Houston’s hip-hop identity. 

Kameelah Rasheed’s “perhaps, there is no sequel” invites us to consider futurity

(02/26/20 4:01am)

Four bright yellow billboards materialized in the center of campus last week. Located in the west lawn next to Brochstein Pavilion, the first of them spells out a startling message in delicate black script: “a committee made an announcement: a better future awaits us.”

Moody Center’s ‘Radical Revisionists’ confronts colonial narratives

(01/29/20 3:38am)

Last Friday, the Moody Center for the Arts came alive with visitors for the opening reception of “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present.” The new exhibit, on display from Jan. 24 to May 16, features artists from Africa and its diaspora who challenge Eurocentric narratives of colonialism, migration and identity. According to Moody Executive Director Alison Weaver, “Radical Revisionists” was inspired by the October opening of Rice’s new Center for African and African American Studies as well as the theme of this year’s FotoFest Biennial, an international photographic arts festival based in Houston: “African Cosmologies — Photography, Time and the Other.”

Second Astroworld Festival lives up to hype

(11/13/19 3:16am)

“The man who left this city with nothing and conquered the world,” said surprise guest Dave Chapelle as he introduced Travis Scott at the second annual ASTROWORLD Music Festival in Houston’s NRG Park last Saturday. Astroworld was a glimmering daylong celebration of the special connection that Houston shares with hip-hop, of which Scott is now a legendary embodiment. Last year’s inaugural festival followed the release of the rapper’s 2018 album “ASTROWORLD,” named after Houston’s defunct theme park Six Flags AstroWorld, cementing his deep relationship with Space City’s hip-hop legacy. Buoyed by Scott’s nostalgia and love for the park, Houston Mayor Sylvestor Turner has expressed interest in building a new amusement park similar to AstroWorld. Until then, Scott’s festival proves to be a lavish, electrifying substitute.