Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Limited progress reported in Atlanta Symphony mediated contract negotiations

  • 10:00 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  released a statement Friday morning detailing three days of mediated negotiations this week.

Progress was made on one major issue, but none in another, after nearly 40 hours of federally mediated negotiations over the last three days between Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and ASO and Woodruff Arts Center administrators, according to the ASO Players’ Association.

Leaders of the musicians’ union  released a statement in the wee hours Friday morning saying that “significant progress” was made on the issue of health care, but none was achieved regarding the size of the orchestra going forward.

In the two-year collective bargaining agreement signed in 2012, the orchestra’s “complement” (number of full-time musicians) was cut from 95 to 88. [More]

KSU Holocaust Museum exhibit, glo collaboration at MOCA GA both launch this weekend

  • 7:28 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Norbert Friedman (#16) in a 1931 class photo.

First look at KSU Holocaust exhibit

Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts a public reception at 3 p.m. Sunday for the new exhibit “Never Forget,” which will tour to area schools after the reception. The exhibit goes into detail about the life of Atlantan Norbert Friedman, 92, who survived 11 camps before immigrating to the U.S.

To view clips of an interview with Friedman, part of KSU’s Legacy Series oral history project launched last year, go to

Sunday’s reception will include remarks from educators and light refreshments.

KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. 470-578-2083,

glo, collaborators stage [More]

‘Cézanne and the Modern’ stirs emotions at High Museum

  • 8:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Vincent van Gogh’s “Tarascon Stagecoach” (1888) is included in the High Museum of Art exhibit “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection” opening Saturday.

Henry Pearlman was far from an expert in modern art when he began building one of the strongest collections of that tradition-shedding period in 1945. But he gradually became one by remaining open to wise advice and through his own obsessive curiosity.

Because it was defined by a spirit of experimentation, modern art doesn’t provide a simple-to-follow through-line, even for art aficionados. Yet walking through “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection,” the touring exhibition opening Saturday at the High Museum of Art, director of collections and exhibitions David Brenneman pointed out [More]

High Museum shows off Florentine art

  • 8:03 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Carved marble panels from Renaissance master Luca della Robbia are the center of attention at the new High Museum exhibit, "'Make a Joyful Noise': Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral."

Visitors to the Duomo in 15th-century Florence must have found the experience mind-boggling.

Not only were they surrounded by unearthly sculpture and painting, but the soaring 171-foot interior of the dome reverberated with the sounds of choirs, musicians and a pipe organ powered by young men furiously stomping on multiple bellows.

Some of that boggle has come to Atlanta in the High Museum’s new show, “’Make a Joyful Noise’: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.”

As lively as the title suggests, the show is focused on the exquisite carvings of Renaissance master Luca della Robbia, whose bas-relief marble panels are crowded with [More]

Check out new exhibits at Contemporary, Hudgens centers this weekend

  • 4:03 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Image from Ed Atkins' video "Even Pricks," part of the exhibit "," opening Saturday at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.


The art of being a teen

Today’s virtual-universe-embracing teenagers have commanded an increasing portion of the pop culture stratosphere, as witness the transformation of “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” best-selling young adult novels into multiple multiplex box-office smashes.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center opens “Teen Paranormal Romance,” a group exhibit (organized by the Renaissance Society contemporary art museum at the University of Chicago) sparked by and responding to this teen zeitgeist.

Opening reception: 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 17. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Thursdays, when admission is free). $8, $5 students and seniors, free for [More]

Atlantan Deborah Wiles is National Book Awards finalist for Young People’s lit

  • 9:20 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Atlanta author Deborah Wiles grew up in Mississippi.

Atlanta author hemmed in by the limits of Jim Crow laws.

After receiving the news from the National Book Awards, the Alabama-born, Mississippi-raised Wiles wrote on Wiles, 57, was so determined to be true to this key time in her life that she revisited her childhood haunts while researching the book: the old neighborhood, her elementary school (now a service center for seniors) and Andrews.

“I didn’t understand what a time warp I was going to fall into, ” recalled the author, who will appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. “I allowed myself to go back there as [More]

Spotlight on Soutine, too, in High Museum’s ‘Cézanne and the Modern’

  • 8:21 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Chaim Soutine's "Portrait du gar on en bleu" ("Portrait of a Boy in Blue" ), circa 1928, goes on view at the High Museum of Art on Oct. 25. It's one in a grouping of five portraits by the Expressionist painter being shown in conjunction with the exhibit "C zanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection."

“Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection,” the exhibition opening at the High Museum of Art on Saturday, features a grouping of artists whose first names you don’t need when you see their last names: Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Modigliani.

And then there’s Chaïm Soutine.

If his name’s not quite familiar to you, you’re in good company. But this French expressionist painter (1893-1943) was a favorite of the late Henry Pearlman, who amassed this prime collection of modern art that, before this current international tour, had remained at the Princeton University [More]

Arts leaders push for renewed investment in culture

  • 1:20 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

Brother, can you spare a dime?

In Georgia, where the state allocates less than 10 cents per citizen on the arts, a coalition of educators, arts organization directors and community leaders is sounding the alarm.

“To me, we’re losing a whole generation,” said Laura Lieberman, president of Georgia Alliance for Arts Education. Lieberman is spearheading a group that filed a declaration Thursday pleading with the state to reverse a decline in public funding that began six years ago and has reduced state funding of arts programs from $4.5 million to just under $600,000.

That makes Georgia’s contribution the lowest, per capita, of all [More]

Updated: Atlanta Symphony musicians, management out of tune over mediation

  • 12:58 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Allison Beck, the acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, began mediating the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra labor dispute on Oct. 7.

No news in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra lockout since federal mediators restarted negotiations apparently should not be taken as good news.

Ending a rare period of quiet in the discordant stalemate, musicians emailed a plea for help to ASO board members on Wednesday night. It suggested that negotiators for the orchestra’s administration and its parent nonprofit, the Wooodruff Arts Center, are using delaying tactics since talks resumed on Oct. 7.

The email said that the two sides have met only twice since Allison Beck, acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), restarted negotiations and that management asked for [More]

“Wind” sequel writer’s been here before

  • 10:58 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by jvejnoska
Author Donald McCaig makes a return visit to the Margaret Mitchell House Friday night.

By Jill Vejnoska

(Note: Donald McCaig will appear at the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House at 7 p.m. Friday to discuss “Ruth’s Journey,” his just-released, authorized prequel to “Gone With the Wind.” It’s not the first time McCaig’s shown up at the onetime apartment house where Mitchell churned out her award-winning saga of Scarlett, Rhett et al. In 2007, his first authorized novel, “Rhett Butler’s People,” was celebrated there with much hoopla, including “Rhett Velvet Cupcakes.” Here’s a story that appeared in the AJC at the time.)

Rhett’s back, hoping that we still care


Sunday, 10/28/2007

The first time Rhett Butler [More]