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Learn about the history of the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (formerly known as the John Slade Ely House) at 51 Trumbull Street in New Haven. Situated within an English Elizabethan style house built in 1901 by S. G. Taylor, the Ely Center was home to John Slade Ely (1860–1906) and Grace Taylor Ely, who came to New Haven in 1897. Now it is one of New Haven’s premier contemporary art spaces, with a constant rotation of thought provoking and innovative art from New Haven’s vibrant visual arts community. This tour will explore both the home and art center and view the exhibitions on display throughout nine galleries.
The tour will feature an artist talk by sculptor and social practice artist Yvonne Shortt. Shortt will discuss her current project which focuses on the creation of afro picks with clay harvested from local river banks. The clay will then be used to create picks with sculptures based on community narratives. "The pieces I create come from what I’m feeling living as an African American woman in my community. The pieces question privilege, disability, race, equality. Ultimately I try to create dialogue, action, and healing." This Walking Tour will be followed by a reception for the exhibits from 4 - 6 pm.