Tyree Guyton: The Heidelberg Project

August 5, 2017 / 1:00pm

Free + open to all

How can art transform a neighborhood? In this talk, Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton and his partner Jenenne Whitfield will discuss and screen a documentary about The Heidelberg Project. Guyton created the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit urban public art installation that he started in 1986 when the city's economic decline was accelerating. The project transformed Heidelberg Street in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood in Eastern Detroit – Guyton’s childhood home – into an artistic mecca that has gained international attention. His Constant as the Sun installation features three mixed-media sculptures drawn directly from the Heidelberg Project that represent recurring motifs and objects in Guyton's practice -- clocks, car hoods, faces, and shoes. The Emmy Award-winning documentary film, Come Unto Me, The Faces of Tyree Guyton (1999), chronicles the 13-year history of the Heidelberg Project and Guyton's efforts to revitalize his neighborhood with art and sculpture based on discarded objects. Following a screening of the documentary, Guyton and Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield will discuss the history and future of the Heidelberg Project.

Community programs associated with Constant as the Sun are made possible by the John P. Murphy Foundation.

All 2017 exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle Shan-Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.