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Artist to give talk at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
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Artist to give talk at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts

Artist to give talk at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts

Photographer Tyrell Anderson will give a talk about his "Unapologetically Noir" exhibit at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts Friday.

Artist Tyrell Anderson will give a talk about his "Unapologetically Noir" exhibit at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts Friday evening.

The photographer said he plans to discuss "project inspiration, implementation issues, project execution, photo techniques, the people who volunteered, and next steps."

Anderson, the Decay Devils president who recently published the photography book "Seven Seasons," will give a talk from 6:30  to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The exhibit at the art gallery at 540 S. Lake St. in Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood is now displaying a solo show of Anderson's photography that consists of 30 portraits of black people that explore the question of what it means to be black.

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"Inspired by the documentary 'The Black Catholic Experience' by community activist Elaine Castellanos, this exhibition combines answers to an array of personal questions along with the medium of photography to create an environment where the subject’s differences are not only highlighted but celebrated," Anderson said in a press release. "The vision is to expand the gallery with more subjects to further the conversation on the topic of 'What does it mean to be black' and broaden the often-narrow views associated with it. Although there are numerous divides across the country, this exhibit aims to celebrate the African-American culture and continue to instill a sense of pride throughout the community. 'Unapologetically Noir' aims to demonstrate how the medium of photography can be an essential cultural tool in spreading information across our ever-changing landscape."

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He took more photos of Northwest Indiana residents during the exhibition and plans to continue the project after it concludes. "Unapologetically Noir" runs in Miller through March 14.

The Decay Devils are slated to have a group show at the Marshall J. Gardner Center of the Arts later this year.

The gallery, a converted pharmacy that is run by the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, is open from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. There's temporarily a $5 entry fee because of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the art group's finances.

Masks and physical distancing are required. Copies of Anderson's book "Seven Seasons" will be available for purchase.

For general information, call 773.822.8086 or visit millerbeacharts.org.

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