Ann Johnson – The Sankofa Project Curated By Tierney Malone

Main Street Windows • Through May 14th

Kathleen Coleman | 5/13/2022, 11:39 a.m.

Derived from the Ghanian word “Sankofa,” meaning “one must acknowledge the past to move forward,” The Sankofa Project is a multi-year curatorial project examining the historical events leading up to our current moment of social unrest and racial reckoning. Artwork curated by Malone will be presented on Lawndale’s east-facing windows off Main Street and accompanied by programming to inspire dialogue within our community.


Born in London, England, and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming Ann John- son is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she currently teaches. She has an MFA from the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco. Primarily an interdisciplinary artist with an affinity for experimental printmaking, she has a passion for exploring issues, particularly in the Black community. Her series It Is the Not Knowing That Burns My Soul, examining the Black Indian, was included in Indivisible for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

She’s been featured in the New York Times, and the International Review of African American Art. She has exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY, Women and their Work in Austin, TX, and the California African American Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Johnson is represented by Hooks Epstein Galleries, in Houston, TX, and Spillman Blackwell in New Orleans, LA.

TierneyL.Malone is a visual artist and modern-day storyteller who uses the canon of African American history and pop culture to create mixed media works that challenge contemporary culture and politics. Malone has exhibited his art widely throughout Texas and the United States, including numerous solo exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Kansas City Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; Goldman Sachs, New York, New York; and the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston, Texas. He is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a CACHH Visual Artist Grant, and a Kimbrough Visual Artist Grant. Born in Los Angeles and based in Houston’s historic Third Ward, Malone was raised in Mississippi and Alabama and considers himself a Southern Seed.

MISSION: Lawndale is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

ABOUT: Lawndale believes in the role of art and artists to in- spire and inform the world around us. By serving as an intimate gathering place to experience art and ideas, Lawndale seeks to foster connections between communities in Houston and beyond. Lawndale presents a diverse range of artistic practices and perspectives through exhibitions and programs, including lectures, symposia, film screenings, readings, and musical performances. ARTS: The City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance; and The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Additional support pro- vided by Lindsey Schechter/Houston Dairy- maids, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and Topo Chico.

INFORMATION: Admission to all exhi-

bitions and programs at Lawndale is free. Lawndale’s galleries are open: Wednesday - Saturday: 11 AM - 5 PM. Closed Sunday - Tuesday and national holidays. Lawndale, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.