'Airborne Double' by Black Art Houston artist Derek Fordjour

IN 2021, WHEN Anita Bateman arrived in Houston as the new Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she welcomed the opportunity to discover her potential as a curator.

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SATURDAY HERALDED THE 2024 Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. Based on the lunar calendar’s cycles of the moon, with years instead of months aligned to the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, it is a time for family reunions, delicious meals, and leaving behind the detritus in our lives to make room for new beginnings.

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Ibraim Nascimento with community members at CAC (photo by Terry St. John)

HOP OFF THE Metro Rail at Wheeler and find your bearings between what used to be a Fiesta grocery store (now “climatetech incubator” Greentown Labs) and the brutalist-styled and somewhat uninviting ION Building (“Houston’s HQ for innovation!”). Then follow the traffic up San Jacinto, and suddenly you encounter Quilt Peace, a dramatic, colorful, powder-coated steel sculpture by artist, educator, and executive director and co-founder of the Community Artists’ Collective Michelle Barnes.

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