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SLAB and Show Car Culture in Central Texas Preview Event

*Note: This is a Virtual Event that will take place live on the Texas Folklife Facebook Page*

 

Texas Folklife is excited to announce our new exhibit, SLAB and Show Car Culture in Central Texas will be coming to our virtual exhibit platform soon. Join us for a preview of this virtual exhibit that highlights the SLAB and car culture born in Texas on Sunday, August 29th at 4 PM Central Time. This event will be broadcasted on the Texas Folklife Facebook Page

 

This event will feature presentations and discussions from project collaborators, including:

Folklorist and Ethnomusicologist Langston Wilkins

Photographer Cindy Elizabeth

Hands Full of Cash Car Club President Rogerick Davis

Archivist and Researcher Ryan Blake

 

More information on this exhibit can be found at www.texasfolklife.org/slabcar.

 

RSVP FOR THE EVENT HERE

 

Exhibit Description:

Texas Folklife's SLAB and Show Car Culture in Central Texas exhibit aims to showcase the artistry, cultural narratives, and community significance of African American SLAB and show car culture of Central Texas. The exhibit features "Central Texas Still Holdin'", a photograph collection by Cindy Elizabeth, insights from show car club participants, and contextualization by scholars and researchers, including Folklorist and Ethnomusicologist Langston Collin Wilkins.  

 

Cindy Elizabeth Artist Statement:

As an artist, I approach image-making from a collaborative place, drawing inspiration from the

people or environments I’m photographing to create authentic imagery that strives to stand as

an authentic reflection of the community or experience. My photographic practice explores

concepts of culture, history, and symbolism with the goal of bringing visibility to Black joy,

community, and perseverance.


Central Texas Still Holdin’ is a tribute to the Car and SLAB culture born in Texas. Created over

the course of the pandemic, this collection of images showcases portraits of central

Texas-based car clubs and community members along with images of the rides and accessories that bring them a sense of belonging and pride. Even through all the hardships and loss brought on by the pandemic, the culture and the community is, as coined by the late DJ Screw, Still Holdin’.

 

Photo credits to project photographer, Cindy Elizabeth.

 

This event and exhibit are supported in part by the board and members of Texas Folklife and by a grant from Humanities Texas.  Additional support from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Texas Commission on the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event and exhibit do not necessarily reflect those of the Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, and Humanities Texas.