Creative Genes

Art is something that many of us take very seriously. We go see an exhibit and try and figure out the story behind the artist...what drove him or her to express themselves in this way? For the most part, we think of the cultural context behind the piece, and don't really consider the personal life of the artist, unless it's someone famously tortured like Picasso or Pollack. But art with a good personal back-story is some of the most rewarding. You get a glimpse into the life of a real person, not just some figurehead whose artist statement overuses the word 'juxtaposition.' That's why I love the story behind Like Father, Like Son: The Works of Henry Howard Senior and Junior, an exhibit of paintings at The South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 South Fitzhugh Ave. In this moving--and totally Father's Day appropriate--exhibit, Henry Howard Jr. pays tribute to his dad, a man whose talent he didn't discover until he uncovered a closet full of art supplies and paintings after Henry Sr.'s death. It's moving not only because the son clearly revels in this shared talent, but also because segregation and other pre-1960s socioeconomic factors kept Henry Howard Sr.'s talents from being recognized in his lifetime. The son will pay tribute to his dad and illuminate the motivations behind his own work during a special artist's talk in the gallery at 5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit itself will run through July 3. For more information, call 214-939-ARTS.
Sun., June 20, 5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 1-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through July 3, 2010

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