2+2=8: Thirty Years of Heidelberg opens at MOCAD September 7th

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2+2=8: Thirty Years of Heidelberg is a retrospective ode to Guyton’s multi-decade outdoor installation, Heidelberg Project. Initiated in 1986 at the site of Guyton’s childhood home, the project was conceptualized as medicine for Detroit’s east side community following the 1967 rebellion. Over the years the project has evolved to span two city blocks, as artistic refuge for locals and visitors from across the globe. Combining painting, sculptural assemblage, and object-based intervention, Heidelberg Project is a cornerstone to Guyton’s robust artistic practice. In Heidelberg Project, Guyton ruminates on urban landscape and familial legacy—creating public works that speak to the possibility of shifting paradigms in which imaginative future and present reality live side-by-side. Using art to blur the boundaries of architectural function and religious philosophy, Guyton’s work is a reflection on historical impasse and speculative future. Please join us as we celebrate over 30 years of Heidelberg.

Members Only Preview: 6-7 PM
Opening Reception on Friday, Septmber 7th, 7-11 PM
Live DJ set with Husain Salah + Craig Huckaby: 6-11 PM
Admission: Free for MOCAD members ( $5 suggested donation)



Saturday, September 8th: 1 PM - 4 PM
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Join us for an afternoon with Rachel Adams, whose scholarship is rooted deeply in understanding and researching the history of the 30-plus-year Heidelberg Project. The conversation will speak to the history of the project, its relationship with the city, and the impact that the project has by challenging notions of outsider art, fine art, and public works in the contemporary art landscape.

Join us at our 360° of Heidelberg Conference

When the Heidelberg Project (HP) began in 1986, a sign was made to reflect its intent.  It READ:  THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT, SAYING, SEEING AND FEELING ALL THINGS.  We could not have known then how true these words would ring 32-years later.

The brainchild of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton, HP has withstood the test of time demonstrating the resilience of Detroit and the remarkable power of the human spirit. The Heidelberg Project is a game changing invention in the 21st century bringing diverse people together, sparking creative imagination and positive action.  It has also provoked and penetrated deep into the consciousness of people throughout the globe. While extremely challenging and messy at times, this ever-changing outdoor art environment embodies what is special and fascinating about Detroit.

As it stands, our rich arts and culture community in Detroit has no governing body to campaign for its growth, or champion its cause.  Left to its own devices, our arts community has become a fragmented body of fierce competition, limited resources, and a lack of guiding parameters.  The continuing evolution of the Heidelberg Project is an excellent case study that can spark conversations towards building a more sustainable arts community. 

On October 11-14, 2018, we invite you to join leaders of the Heidelberg Project, national arts experts, civic and community leaders in a ground-breaking discussion about the Heidelberg Project; what we’ve learned, what’s next, and how you can be part of Heidelberg 3.0.