ATLANTA — Environmental artist Tyree Guyton will explore his work through a conversation, screening and performance art installation at Spelman College March 26-27, 2015. Presented by Spelman’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Arts Aku Kadogo, Connecting the Dots: The Heidelberg Project and the Power of Art examines Guyton’s renowned 30-year-old outdoor art environment, which transforms rundown areas on Detroit’s eastside into vibrant urban neighborhoods. The mission of the project is for creativity to thrive and inspire individuals to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community. Kadogo, in partnership with Anne Dennington of Flux Projects, will host a special dialogue with Guyton at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and screen his film Come Unto Me. Kadogo and Guyton will also present a spontaneous, interactive art installation, Heidelberg TV: The Baby Doll Show, which will include participation from metro Atlanta artists.
All events are free and open to the public.
“I am attracted to Guyton’s bravura, as he set out nearly 30 years ago to address the blight that overtook his community,” said Kadogo. “He also has a tremendous sense of play, and this is why I invited him to come to Spelman. Play is an essential part of the imagination and creativity.”
Conversation with Guyton and Screening of Come Unto Me
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Heidelberg TV: The Baby Doll Show
Friday, March 27, 2015
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, S.W., Atlanta 30310
About Tyree Guyton
Primarily a painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton has also been described as an urban environmental artist. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit’s East Side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery. Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action.