Houston Museum of African American Culture

The Beauty of the Black Woman

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 – Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018


Until his death on February 1, 2013, Bert Long, Jr. was one of the brightest lights in the Houston arts community. In recognition of his support of local artists, HMAAC has dedicated a gallery in Bert’s name to allow the museum to annually exhibit the work of four artists working in the greater Houston area. By creating this platform, HMAAC will give our community the opportunity to experience the best and most compelling of Houston’s visual artists.

The Bert Long, Jr. Gallery; Year 4 artists have a fantastic legacy to uphold. This visual arts platform has exhibited artists such as Christopher Marion Thomas, Lakita Costner, Mack Bishop, Farrah Smith, Rodney D. Butler, Blake Bean, Christie Leday, Lee Carrier, Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton, Vernon Akili, Romeo Clay Robinson and Hakeem Hassan.

Aesha Lee’s Statement

“All of my portraits have titles which reflect some of the things that black women are told on a daily basis from not just [people of] other races but within our own race, which come off as offensive even if they are not meant to be" says the artist. "Black women are ridiculed for our hair, the shape of our noses, the size of our lips, the way that we speak, and the different tones of our skin. We can be too dark or too light, our hair is too nappy or too straight, it is a lot to try to please society. I want young women of all races to look at the portraits and see beautiful women with all of their flaws, and know that they too are beautiful.”


  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Closed Sunday – Tuesday
  • General Admission is ALWAYS free.

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