Otabenga Jones & Associates
Founded in 2002, Houston, TX
Otabenga Jones & Associates is a collaborative arts organization founded in 2002 by Otabenga Jones Esq. and his four protégés: D. Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert Pruitt. Since then, they have dedicated themselves to pursuing a research/pedagogical mission that is threefold: 1) to put a match to the plantation penitentiary structures in the English language that repress the growth of free black thought 2) to establish a cross generational dialogue extending from the present moment to the Middle passage, and 3) quoting Dan Freeman, the protagonist of Sam Greenlee’s novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door, to “mess wit’ whitey”. Their work manifests in the form of actions, writings, images, and installations. The creative cadre has shown in venues nationwide, such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the High Museum, the Menil Collection, the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.