Opening Reception "Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel: Works on Paper and Poetry." With special guest, Geri Allen

Come join The Carr Center as we welcome Visual artist Michael Kelly Williams and poet Larry Gabriel in their show opening “Muse 2 Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry.” Conjoined with the musical styles and creations of special guest and Carr Center Artistic Director Geri Allen, the three will give a live performance and presentation of their work.

Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry, an exhibition by Michael Kelly Williams and poetry by Larry Gabriel is the fruit of a 3-year "improvisational collaboration" that took place through conversations and emails between the two artists living in different cities— Detroit and NYC— as each reacted to cues in each other’s work; sometimes a poem would instigate and inspire a visual work; at other times an artwork would elicit a poem. Music plays an important role in each's work, so this very special opening night brings the added dimension of Geri Allen's talents into the mix for a truly memorable evening.

Michael Kelly Williams was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1975. His work can be found in The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Larry’s work reflects his family’s storied musical legacy. The Gabriel family left New Orleans for Detroit in the 1940s and have kept their connections to the music and culture alive in the Motor City ever since.

Adults $10, Students Free with ID

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