‘The Hope Suite’ will be projected on a monumental scale in LBJ Library’s Great Hall


Some 44 collages by artist Mark L. Smith and inspired by the theme of global unity will be projected on a monumental scale in the LBJ Presidential Library’s Great Hall.

“Hope After Dark” will be presented 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22. The event is free.

The 15-minute projection of Smith’s “Hope Suite” accompanied by original music composed by Dirje Childs, will screen at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Smith’s created the first 20 prints of “The Hope Suite” in 2008 after the election of President Barak Obama. Smith later expanded the series to include 24 more. Each image includes the word “hope” in one of 44 world languages. He gifted the 44 original collages to the Barack Obama Presidential Library Center in 2019.

Smith co-founded Flatbed Press with Katherine Brimberry in 1989, and co-directed it until 2012.

The “Hope After Dark” program is a collaboration with the Neill-Cochran House Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, and Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program. Archival prints of the “Hope” set are currently on view at the Neill-Cochran House Museum, through December 18.

Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors lot, located at 2313 Red River St. See nchmuseum.org/nchm-events/hope-after-dark

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