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Title:Eldorado Nights
Date:2/20/2021 - 2/27/2021
Address:Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St
Location:Houston, TX
Hours:7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost/Cover:See details below.
Web Page:http://www.aurorapictureshow.org/pages/home.asp
Contact Info:713-868-2101
Details:Project Row Houses and Aurora Picture Show co-present ELDORADO NIGHTS, a weekly series of outdoor projections at Houston’s historic Eldorado Ballroom. Each Saturday throughout the month of February, join us on the west side of the building for projections by artists Jamal Cyrus, Brian Ellison, Bria Lauren, and Phillip Pyle, II, whose contributions respond to the history and legacy of the Eldorado and Third Ward. The project is curated by Phillip Pyle, II.
These are outdoor events. For everyone’s safety and comfort, 6-foot social distancing and masks are required at all times. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for use if needed. Guests who do not comply will not be permitted.


Schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 6 (7-9PM) Jamal Cyrus
Saturday, Feb. 13 (7-9PM) Brian Ellison
Saturday, Feb. 20 (7-9PM) Bria Lauren
Saturday, Feb. 27 (7-9PM) Phillip Pyle, II


About the Eldorado Ballroom:

The Eldorado Ballroom at Elgin Street and Emancipation Avenue was built in 1939 by renowned Houston architect Lenard Gabert, who designed many of the city’s large art deco structures. In its heyday, the Eldorado was owned by Anna Dupree, who opened the building in the 1940’s to establish a community entertainment venue for Black social clubs and other Third Ward groups. The first floor of the building hosted a series of businesses that operated out of storefronts, and helped activate the neighborhood. Until it closed in the early 1970s, the Eldorado Ballroom hosted countless blues and jazz performances, weekly talent shows and sock-hops. Houston-born musicians such as Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins and Johnny “Guitar” Watson honed their skills at the Eldorado and went on to bigger fame. Many internationally known jazz and bluesmen, including B.B. King and Count Basie, also made regular appearances. In 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom was gifted to Project Row Houses. Today, the building hosts small businesses incubated by Project Row Houses, as well as the PRH archive.


About the Artists:

Jamal Cyrus (born 1973, Houston, TX) received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Cyrus has won several awards, most recently the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2020). He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2020); Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (2018); Direct Message: Art, Language and Power, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2019); and The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 – Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2016). Cyrus was also a member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates. As a member of the collective, he exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2008); the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC (2008); the Menil Collection, Houston (2007); and the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

Brian Ellison is a self-taught photographer, cinematographer, and creative director. He is the director of the film UnMASKulinity and the founder of The Black Man Project. Brian believes that art is a universal language that can be the catalyst for healing. Through his lens, Brian documents the everyday Black experience such as gentrification's impact on historical communities, under-publicized Black love and comradery, parenthood, and the persistent courage of Black women and men.

Bria Lauren is a Texas native, born and raised in Third Ward, Houston. The South is a sacred and integrate part of her work as a visual storyteller, healer, and queer Black woman utilizing ancestral healing as a tool to navigate intersectionality as an act of resistance. Analog photography is a catalyst for Lauren to translate her own unspoken vulnerability, visually and to hold space for marginalized voices to be seen, honored, cared for, and respected.

Phillip Pyle, II is a visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer based in Houston, Texas whose primary interests are race, humor, advertising, sports and popular culture. Mining imagery from sources diverse as mass consumer culture, contemporary advertising, to ephemera, historical imagery, and hip-hop, Pyle introduces a complex vision that derives from a robust comedic foundation while also looking at the abstraction and transience of our values, and beliefs.
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