Explore Themes of African American Art During This Thought-Provoking Exhibit on Saturday

This Saturday, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to present Tiff Massey: A Different World, a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith. The first exhibition of Massey’s artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding.

Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey’s diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture. Make plans now to see this thought-provoking exhibit on August 3rd!

Tiff Massey: A Different World focuses on the artist’s colossal steel sculptures of chains and rings, alongside intricately braided crimson neckpieces and accompanying portraits. Themes in the exhibition span cultural appropriation, authenticity, and the diasporic legacy of “bling.” Borrowing forms from iconic Dookie Rope chains and four-finger rings, Massey mines the use of jewelry as an element of early hip-hop culture, relating “bling” to a legacy of adornment that traces back to African nomadic tribes and royalty.

A Different World showcases Massey’s diverse, conceptual approach to material and presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience jewelry on a monumental scale while exploring some of today’s most pressing social issues. Tiff Massey: A Different World is curated by Sarah Darro. The exhibition is supported in part by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Since 2001, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest—one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. HCCC provides exhibition, retail, and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators, and the community-at-large.

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday? Head to HCCC for Tiff Massey: A Different World! Admission free. For more information, visit

At Oxford at the Ranch Apartments in Waller, Texas, it is important to us that our residents have a well-balanced social life while residing in our community. You can take a break from your normal day-to-day when you attend this event!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, August 3, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

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