EXHIBIT “Jacolby Satterwhite: A Metta Prayer” at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

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EXHIBIT “Jacolby Satterwhite: A Metta Prayer” at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


MAY 18 – NOVEMBER 10, 2024: Interdisciplinary artist Jacolby Satterwhite transforms the MFAH’s vast Cullinan Hall with “Jacolby Satterwhite: A Metta Prayer,” his expansive multimedia installation that fuses choreography, video, animation, lighting, and music to reimagine a kaleidoscopic, computer-generated world. Free with museum admission is an artist performance on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Reception at 5:00 PM. Performance at 6:00 PM. Museum open until 9:00 PM.

ARTIST PERFORMANCE: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: In celebration of the exhibition opening at MFAH, the artist performs Let Every Mountain Play a Song, Let Every Valley Play Its Tune, a kaleidoscopic universe of multimedia magic, blending choreography, video, and music and creating a vibrant ode to love and resilience. The performance is free with museum admission.The museum is open with extended hours until 9:00 PM. The performance takes place in Cullinan Hall in the Law Building with standing room only, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinks are available for purchase beginning at 5:00 PM. The performance starts at 6:00 PM.

“Jacolby Satterwhite: A Metta Prayer” was commissioned in 2023 for the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The immersive exhibition now brings the artist’s virtuosic work to Houston. At a time when Black and LGBTQ+ communities face continued threats of violence, “A Metta Prayer” constructs a digital space that represents love, joy, and resilience. Satterwhite (born 1986) draws inspiration from the Buddhist Metta prayer to build a narrative that rebels against the conventions of commercial video games. A soundtrack produced by the artist pulses with energy, providing the video with its driving beat.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: Jacolby Satterwhite, A Metta Prayer, 2023, site-specific, 4-channel multimedia installation: sound, theatrical lighting, high-definition color video, and 3D animation in Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine, courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. © Jacolby Satterwhite


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