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Closing reception and discussion for Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement

  • Presented By: EMU College of Arts and Sciences Detroit Theme Year
  • Dates: October 17, 2021
  • Location: EMU University Gallery
  • Time: 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Price: Free
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The Art Gallery, School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce a closing reception and panel discussion related to the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an jazz aficionado, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation’s finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.

A panel discussion will follow the closing reception from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State University, and Detroit Black figurative artist, Tylonn Sawyer, an EMU alum. Allie McGhee is represented by Hill Gallery in Birmingham, MI https://www.hillgallery.com/artists/Allie-McGhee; Woodson is represented by the Michigan Chapter of the National Conference of Artists https://ncamich.org; and Sawyer is represented by Detroit’s N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts. http://nnamdicenter.org. Dr. Noel’s most recent publication is Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism (Duke University Press, 2021). Her next book will be Diasporic Art in the Age of Black Power.

The University Art Gallery is in EMU’s Center at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. The panel discussion will be held in a room adjacent to the gallery

The panel discussion is supported by Michigan Humanities
The closing reception and panel discussion are part of the Detroit theme year, organized by EMU’s College of Arts and Sciences. For more information and list of events, go to tiny.emich.edu/detroit

For more information, contact curator Julia R. Myers, jmyers@emich.edu or 609-903-8418 or Greg Tom, University Art Gallery Director at gtom@emich.edu