Emory hosts solo exhibition of works by painter and musician Ayé A. Aton
Art lovers can see the works of painter and musician Ayé A. Aton — including the chance to see a recreation of his mural work — through a solo exhibition presented by Emory University’s Department of Visual Arts. The exhibition, presented from October 20 to December 20. 14 at the Emory Visual Arts Gallery, is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends by appointment.
Aten’s paintings on canvas, cardboard and paper can be categorized in three ways: heads emerging from a transcendent world, imagining an alternative cosmos for black existence, and positioning your inner self in the spiritual world, often reinterpreting the Egyptian mythology.
During the 1960s, Aton (1940-2017) painted intergalactic murals in various homes in Chicago’s South Side Black Belt. He continued to paint, even after joining the avant-garde jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra (“the Arkestral Institute”) as a percussionist for several years in the 1970s. He painted murals in the bedrooms of Marshall Allen, John Gilmore and Sun Ra while living at the band’s headquarters, a townhouse in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Although photos of these walls were often taken, the exact titles, dates and addresses were not documented. These works have been lost to time.
The exhibit at Emory includes a recreation of the Aten mural in addition to other paintings.
The Lexington Living Arts and Science Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art have exhibited Aton’s work in recent years.
For more information about the Emory exhibit, contact Dana Haugaard Where Daniel Fuller.
Emory University’s Integrated Visual Arts Co-Major (IVAC) enables undergraduate students to explore visual media and artistic creation. Courses in art history, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, theater design, filmmaking, conceptual art practices, digital media and new media, as well as other academic areas, include IVAC course offerings.