BLOG: Lonnie Holley at Discovery Green®

BLOG: Lonnie Holley at Discovery Green®
On June 24th, join us as the Discovery Green Conservancy proudly presents visionary artist Lonnie Holley in concert, followed by the stirring documentary Mr. Dial Has Something to Say.

Lonnie Holley overcame a childhood of extreme poverty to see his artwork displayed in collections and museums around the world including the Birmingham Museum of Art,  and the Smithsonian.As documented in this New York Times article about his amazing life, he surprised many by releasing a music CD featuring his utterly moving and original music, which made many top 10 lists in 2013. He’ll perform at Discovery Green® with fellow renowned Georgia musicians, Steve Nistor, Dave Eggar, Kelly Pratt and Marshall Ruffin. The event starts at 7:30 with a solo performance by Marshall Ruffin. Lonnie Holley and the full band perform at 8 pm, and the 60-minute film follows at 9 pm. 

Mr. Dial Has Something to Say, a documentary about another extraordinary visionary artist will also be shown. The film tells the remarkable story of the late Thornton Dial, an Alabama steelworker whose powerful artwork is now being featured at the Menil Collection.  

Houston has long embraced self-taught and visionary artists, from The Orange Show to the Beer Can House and Flower Man to the world-famous Art Car Parade. You are invited to join us for this rare event celebrating two extraordinary artists and the spirit of human creativity. 

The free outdoor celebration of visionary art and music is held in collaboration with the Menil Collection and their exhibition Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither. Michelle White, curator of the exhibition, will introduce the film, and many of Houston’s art cars will be on display. Please join us!
Lonnie Holley’s work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts,  and is currently in the exhibit Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection.

Lonnie Holley will also be featured in a very special visual workshop on Saturday June 25 from 10am-12pm at Smither Park (2441 Mugner St) led by the Orange Show in conjunction with Discovery Green . Bring the family to Smither Park to create a group sculpture using found and recycled objects, while also creating something for yourself to take home! For more details click here.

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