ARTIST TALK “Nancy O’Connor: Welcome Table” at Barbara Davis Gallery

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ARTIST TALK “Nancy O’Connor: Welcome Table” at Barbara Davis Gallery

May 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


MAY 3 – JULY 6, 2024: Barbara Davis Gallery presents “Welcome Table” featuring installation works by artist Nancy O’Connor who works with cameras, sound recording equipment, collected objects and artifacts to gather traces of what remains of her community’s life and culture, resulting in a journey through a way of life connected to the earth that no longer exists today.

OPENING RECEPTION Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

ARTIST TALK Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Artist Nancy O’Connor and Anne Tucker, former chief curator of photography at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

“Welcome Table” is a homage to a place and a community of African American Cowboys long since gone that the artist has known since childhood. This exhibition highlights the presence and energy of the Greater Zion Baptist Church which was a pillar and a gathering placefor all the Cowboys and their loved ones. Located on the south Texas prairies and although now empty, still stands.

For the artist, absence has created a presence that has led her into the language of souls and an archeology of memory. Her first experience in the church was when she attended the memorial service of her close friend who she loved dearly Spencer Cook in 1976.

Nancy O’Connor was born in 1957 in Victoria, Texas. In 1975, she studied filmmaking and music at Trinity University in San Antonio and received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin. She has lived in San Francisco, New York and currently resides in Houston.

Selected exhibitions include a solo show at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Corpus Christi Museum, Corpus Christi; Alternative Museum, New York; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; Blaffer Gallery, Houston; and Guannzhou Museum, China; Houston Center for Photography, Houston.


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