Houston Museum of African American Culture

3 The Hard Way | opening reception

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 – Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

06:30 PM – 09:30 PM


3 the Hard Way is an exhibition meant to discuss America’s current problem of toxic masculinity. The title of this exhibition generously borrows from the Blaxploitation film entitled, “Three, The Hard Way” directed by the legendary photographer and filmographer, Gordon Parks, Jr. in 1974. The plot of the film centers around three black heroes as they go to war with a government funded hate group. The government agent’s attempts to put together a devious but dubious plan to taint American water systems with a toxic-pathogen that only affect American Americans. Unfortunately, this film was released 45 years ago and the issues are still prevalent today.

As toxic masculine men study war, women and children are the true victims of man’s hubris and martyrdom. James Baldwin stated that, “The American idea of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American idea of masculinity.” Socially, the definition of “masculinity” has been challenged and redefined. Granting that this exhibition has a visual aesthetic, we would like to ask our audience to open dialogue. Continue this conversations beyond our gallery walls as artists Anthony Suber, Spencer Evans and Vitus Shell boldly take on “The Man” with the power of 3.


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    Thursday, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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