Project Row Houses commissions Nathaniel Donnett’s second iteration of What’s The New News Project
Project Row Houses commissions Nathaniel Donnett for second iteration of temporary public art initiative Project/Site
Houston, TX – January 23, 2018 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce the second iteration of our commission-based program Project/Site. Project/Site is a public art initiative conceived by Curator and Programs Director Ryan N. Dennis in which PRH interrogates the urban landscape of Third Ward by working with artists who explore the history and culture of the neighborhood while expanding their artistic practice outside of the studio and into the social context.
For the 2018 iteration, PRH has commissioned two issues of What’s the New News by artist and organizer Nathaniel Donnett. What’s The New News is a collaboration among creatives and the community that speaks to the importance of the neighborhood, artists, writers, and literacy. Through this project, Donnett seeks to interrupt the everyday with the everyday by asking the community to rethink how objects, art, and information are involved in their daily lives.
“At the core of PRH is the belief that art does more than create; it ignites dialogue and allows us to see the world in a new way,” said Dennis. “We’re ecstatic to have Nathaniel leading the second commission of Project/Site because he consistently asks his audience to reconsider their view of art and its role in their lives.”
Artists selected by Donnett will transform newspaper racks into public art to be placed at important valued landmarks in the Third Ward community. Issues of What’s The New News available in the racks will take the form of articles, experimental writing, raps, and poetry, penned by creatives active in the Third Ward and Houston arts community.