Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel Works on Paper and Poetry


Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry, an exhibition of art by Michael Kelly Williams and poetry by Larry Gabriel, opens on March 10, 2017, at the Carr Center and will be on view through April 21.

Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry represents an ongoing collaboration between a poet and a visual artist. The two friends have developed these works over the past three years. In much the same way musicians respond to each other while improvising, this collaboration took place through personal discussions and emails between Detroit and NYC as they 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. Michael and Larry have both been directed by music in their work. Muse to Muse pulls them together with a third element in each of their art forms

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.