Gems of Africa Gallery

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ayokunle Odeleye: Now thru 1/12/2013

Ayokunle Odeleye: 32 Years of Public Art - An Exhibition of Photographs, Drawings and Models of over three decades of Odeleye’s Public Art Projects,  

Now thru Jan 12, 2013 

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia 
75 Bennett Street, Suite A
Atlanta  30309  

Panel discussion on public art
Saturday, January 12, 2:00pm

Panelists include: Lisa Tuttle (moderator), Curtis Patterson, Eddie Granderson,
Matt Haffner, Maria Artemis, and Ayokunle Odeleye.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is pleased to host the retrospective exhibition of artwork by Master Sculptor, Ayokunle Odeleye. For over 30 years, Ayokunle has created monumental outdoor sculptures, bringing art into vital and interactive conversation with people all across the nation. His sculptures are not only reflections of the communities in which they are placed, they are often totems of inspiration, oasis' of beauty, in areas where the fluid and organic lines of his artwork is unexpected. 

 This exhibit, which includes models, drawings and photographs of sculpture commissioned for public spaces across the United States, represents an impressive body of work in a long career of art production by one of Georgia's celebrated Public Art specialists. 

MOCA GA is especially excited about this exhibition as it offers the public the unique opportunity to view the many processes undertaken by a professional sculptor in the design and execution of diverse and monumental gateway structures that serve as architectural markers for community identity.

The accompanying artist talks and panel discussions scheduled for the exhibit offer insight into the artist creative process and the dynamic, ever changing phenomena of Public Art.   

The Psychology of Beauty in the African Diaspora: 1/12/2013

By the Color of Their Skin: The Psychology of Beauty in the African Diaspora
Community Lecture Part 1

Saturday, January 12. 4:00 p.m.

In collaboration with Georgia State University the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host By the Color of Their Skin: The Psychology of Beauty in the African Diaspora, a community lecture series facilitated by Georgia State University Assistant Professor Dr. Kelly M. Lewis. Dr. Lewis will explore the historical and contemporary evolution of beauty in the African Diaspora focusing on issues around racial skin color and its impact on the health and psychological well being of Africans and populations of color throughout the African Diaspora.

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