Image of Devin T. Mays playing a musical instrument

Devin T. Mays
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM
Public lecture // Sewall Hall, 301
Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 PM
Performance, The Day I Met the Sun // Moody Center, Lois Chiles Studio Theatre
CERCL Fellow in the Humanities and Arts

Artist Devin T. Mays alongside collaborators Bill Harris, Jordan Knecht and Veronica Salinas will present the second iteration of The Day I Met the Sun. Conceived by Mays and inspired by the late musician and teacher Turyiasangitanada (Alice Coltrane), this sonic offering of presence and participation is grounded in the tradition of improvised music and sound. Part poem, part sculpture, part song, in performance. A reception will follow where Mays will share A Call for Collaboration – an invitation to create a series of scores inspired by Mays’s work on Impermanence.

Devin T. Mays holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Chicago. Mays’s interdisciplinary practice is an exercise in wandering he often refers to as a practice-in-practice. Through sculpture and installation, sound, performance, and photography, Mays creates poetic gestures of observation and ritual. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Malmö Konstmuseum; The Driehaus Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography; Lowe Art Museum, University of Florida; Nahmad Projects, London; The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Regards Chicago and The Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry among others. Mays currently holds a fellowship with the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and the Visual and Dramatic Art Department at Rice University. Through teaching, artistic practice, and public programming, Mays will dedicate his fellowship to focusing on notions of impermanence.

Additional informatin about the artist here.

The 2023 Spring Visiting Artist Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and the Visual and Dramatic Arts department (VADA), with support from the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL).

March 8 - discounted parking available in Founder's Court lot. $5 flat rate. Credit card required.
March 9 - discounted parking available in West Lot 4. $5 flat rate. Credit card required.

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