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Gallery Talk with Artist and Poet Harvey Johnson at the Houston Public Library’s The African American Library at the Gregory School

In conjunction with his exhibition of “Negro Spirituals: A Triple Middle Passage” now on display at The African American Library at the Gregory School, artist and poet Harvey Johnson will give an informal Gallery Talk on his work and the impact of the white-washing of his student murals at Texas Southern University. The community will have an opportunity to meet and greet this creative artist. The event and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 832-393-1313.

WHEN:           Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2 PM

WHERE:        The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., 77019, 832-393-1440

Negro Spirituals: A Triple Middle Passage” Exhibit
This exhibit displays thirty-two works of art that include paintings and drawings and one installation with found objects from Johnson’s travels. The exhibit expresses Johnson’s continuous journey in life that he has identified as three central themes he calls the “triple middle passage”: life, the transatlantic slave trade, and human transformation. “Negro Spirituals: A Triple Middle Passage” explores these themes. African and African-American women function as solid and graceful allegories of creativity, life, hope and the survival of a community and culture. Recurring symbols, such as the shotgun house, are used to express the importance of social ties essential to black American cultural life. Johnson says, “The First Middle Passage is life – how we enter into this life through the boat of Heaven that is the sacred womb of all mothers. The Second Middle Passage speaks to the transatlantic slave trade and its ramifications to the present day, a holocaust of unmerciful human pillage and destruction. The Third Middle Passage is about human transformation not only ultimately from body to spirit, but transforming human and environment abuse into positive spirituality and humanness.”

About Harvey Johnson
Known for his narrative paintings and outstanding draftsmanship, poet Harvey Johnson has dedicated his work to the depiction of the human condition, showing the spirit of man struggling above adversity and the commonplace. As Johnson leads us through his own expression into self-discovery we discover ourselves at our most intimate.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than seven million customers per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.



Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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