Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Eldorado Building,
2310 Elgin Street
Beautiful, Still is a photographic project that captures and creates a beautiful rendition of Third Ward community and its landscape. Artist Colby Deal began to challenge the negative portrayal of urban communities, such as Third Ward, by minimizing the negative imagery perpetuated by the media and society. As the project developed over time, he began wheat-pasting mural-sized portraits around the neighborhood, creating an opportunity for self-appreciation and empowerment. This gesture allows for another perspective of Black life that is not typically seen through the local and national media and society at large. Beautiful, Still is an effort to preserve the culture and history of the Third Ward neighborhood as it is in the process of rapid gentrification and erasure of its character. Colby is determined to bring a kind of preciousness to the remaining buildings, whether they are abandoned or operating businesses.
This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, generously funded by Houston Endowment.