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Exhibition - Gradient Colors

Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 11:00am

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

ProjectArt Detroit presents Gradient Colors, a vibrant art installation that delves into an infinite world of color through the exploration of hue and light.

The immersive installation – featuring art created by ProjectArt’s students and teaching resident artists: Alphonso Cox, Cyrah Dardas, Candace Dove, Michelle Happala, Nick Pizana, M Pofahl, and Fatima Sow – is comprised of 2D and 3D multimedia works that highlight the importance of positive teacher-student relationships and the use of color psychology to facilitate youth development.

Gradient Colors captures ProjectArt’s mission to empower youth and community through art-making and mentorships. ProjectArt partners with the nation’s public libraries, enhancing their role as cultural hubs through artist residencies by offering free after-school visual arts to youth in under-resourced neighborhoods taught by socially conscious local artists.

Jessica Allie, ProjectArt Director and curator of Gradient Colors, developed the concept for the project by reflecting on the collaborative nature of ProjectArt and the ripple effects of the program that extend beyond the class. Drawing inspiration from Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color. She looks to explore color theory and pedagogy as it relates to not only students and teachers at ProjectArt but the creative community in and around Detroit.

ProjectArt connects to the core values of the Mike Kelley Mobile homestead, which is the headquarters of MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement. The homestead works with local organizations and individuals to create a flexible community center providing space for projects, events, gatherings, conversations, and installations that are created by, and in service of, a diverse range of people. Rather than projecting ideas out into the world, the Mobile Homestead invites the community to contribute ideas, while visitors to the house are also encouraged to suggest events, projects, and exhibitions.

Exhibition Date: February 1, 2019 - April 21, 2019

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