smART talks: "Welcome to Afro City" with Donté Hayes

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Donté K. Hayes, UI MFA graduate in ceramics, will discuss his research on the pineapple as a symbol that represents welcoming and hospitality and how this investigation relates to negotiating public spaces and places as a Black man and person of color. Hayes utilizes printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate the importance of his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base material to inform memories of the past. Hayes’s artwork suggests the past, discusses the present, and explores possible futures interconnected to the African Diaspora, while also examining deeper social issues that broaden the conversation between all of humanity.  

Join us on Zoom:

smART talks highlights work of faculty and graduate students at the University of Iowa. It connects their recent research and art to the Stanley’s permanent collection. Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community.

Cost: Free and open to all


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