On view through June 2024, visitors will have the opportunity to view work-in-progress and research by the 2023 CAMHLAB's artists-in-residence at POST during open studio hours.
In 2023, Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy (HFTC) and Contemporary Arts Museum and Houston(CAMH) announced their partnership with with the City of Houston (COH) and artist Theaster Gates to promote Houston Freedmen’s Town as a monument of Black community, agency, and heritage through the multi-year Rebirth in Action: Telling the Story of Freedom initiative supported by the Mellon Foundation and NEA Our Town grant. The project’s first phase includes community engagement and artist-led activations through a continuation of CAMH’s artist residency program, CAMHLAB.
The 2023 CAMHLAB Freedmen’s Town artists-in-residence are The Black Man Project, Nia’s Daughters, Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson, and Billion Tekleab. For this context-specific iteration of the residency program, the artists and collectives were selected for projects that highlight, honor, and animate the critical histories and stories of Freedmen’s Town, a neighborhood established in 1865 by over 1,000 formerly enslaved people that is now recognized as Houston’s first Heritage District.
In line with HFTC and CAMH’s goals, CAMHLAB at Freedmen’s Town generates research, contextualize, and connect artists and the general public to the stories of Freedmen’s Town through residencies. Each residency will culminate in a public presentation of a project within Freedmen’s Town.
Artists-in-residence are provided a dedicated work space at POST Houston and are supported by HFTC, CAMH, and the Freedmen’s Town Research Fellow to realize their projects and make connections throughout the neighborhood. Throughout each residency, the artists work alongside historians, archivists, and urban planners to create activations that contribute to robust discussions around local issues of social justice, equity, land, and art.
ON VIEW PROJECTS AND UPCOMING
HFTC x CAMH | The Reading Room by Amarie Gipson | On View
Visit The Reading Room, a library of books by and about Black artists curated by Freedmen’s Town Lead Research Fellow Amarie Gipson.
HFTC x CAMH | Nate Edwards | Upcoming
Edwards' work will culminate in the forthcoming Rebirth in Action documentary that highlights the Freedmen’s Town community of legacy residents and historic Black spaces both existing and removed.