Bob Lee, Da Mayor of Fifth Ward, Collages

5017 Lyons Ave.
  • Presented By: Mystic Lyon
  • Dates: October 19, 2019 - February 29, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Mystic Lyon
  • Address: 5017 Lyons Ave.
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free Admission
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Free Admission: Yes
  • overview

    MYSTIC LYON is honored to present \"Bob Lee, Da Mayor of Fifth Ward\" a collection of political collages and drawings by the late Bob Lee, a community organizer, storyteller, Black Panther and folk artist known in the area as the “Mayor of Fifth Ward.” This exhibition includes select works from the collection of Lee\'s family. The viewing will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, October 19 from 6-9pm. The artwork will then be available for viewing by appointment and during public programming at Mystic Lyon from October 19 through February 29, 2020. From a previous statement by Bob Lee: “The collages celebrate the heroes of the past (and obstacles on the way) and foretell the future.” Lee went on to write that he wanted “his viewers throughout his Fifth Ward community to see themselves in his collages.” During the run of the show, there will be several mini-openings and salons to examine the work and share related memories and stories. More information about these events can be found on Mystic Lyon\'s social media accounts (FB/IG mysticlyonhtx) and through their email distribution. Contact to get on the mailing list. NOTE: This show is co-curated by El Franco Lee II and Emily Sloan and will run in conjunction with the public art installation of El Franco Lee II, Bob Lee\'s nephew and legendary Fifth Ward artist, which will be on view in the gallery window of Mystic Lyon. The window, curated by Sloan, will be updated with various works throughout the show. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Robert E. Lee III was born December 16, 1942 to Robert and Selma Lee. He was raised in Fifth Ward and attended Phillis Wheatley High School. His grass-roots passions began in San Francisco where he worked with Volunteers in Service to America, an anti-poverty domestic program of the Peace Corps. He went on to run a branch of the organization on the South Side of Chicago where he worked within the city\'s underworld including with the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican gang. He was introduced to the Black Panther Party by its co-founder, Bobby Seale and was featured in the 1969 documentary about the group, “American Revolution 2.” Bob Lee, a convert to Islam also known as Robert Alwalee, returned to Houston in 1970 and worked as a social worker for the former Harris County Hospital District and spent many years comforting HIV patients a the Thomas Street Health Center. He was the older brother of late Harris County Commissioner, El Franco Lee. ABOUT MYSTIC LYON: Mystic Lyon is located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston\'s historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers weekly organic food deliveries, house concerts, meditation and sound sessions, films, Gong Therapy, community coffees, reading groups, Reiki sessions and Mobile Nap Deliveries. It also plays host to the Gong Grant Micro Grant, Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce. GENERAL INFO: 5017 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020 713-582-1198 Opening reception: Saturday, October 19, 6-9pm On view with programming and via appointment through February 29, 2020 More information about these events can be found on Mystic Lyon\'s social media accounts (FB/IG mysticlyonhtx) and through their email distribution. Contact to be added to the mailing list.

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