Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

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.

HISTORY
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 historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/events/legacy_series.php.

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

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

PERFORMANCE
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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.

VISUAL ART

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]

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]

Downtown’s ‘Dumpsters’ public art project overflows with ideas

  • 5:29 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Savannah artist Marcus Kenney transforms a dumpster into a visual arts environment called “Timeline” using objects of previous existence on Forsyth Street downtown. The “Dumpsters” project, involving more than 20 artists that have been given 10 metal trash receptacles to create a work of public art, will be part of this year’s “Elevate.” The Office of Cultural Affairs’ free weeklong public art event runs Oct. 17-23. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Construction dumpsters usually overflow with odd pieces of lumber, Sheetrock and cardboard, something that passers-by automatically try to edit out of their view.

But 10 of the lumbering metal containers are starting to command attention in downtown Atlanta. Instead of flotsam and jetsam of the building trade, however, they hold serious art expressions and pure whimsy, quiet reflection and interactive sound and light, eye-catching aesthetics and recycled funky stuff.

Tapping more than 20 metro artists, the Goat Farm Arts Center organized the diverse “Dumpsters” public art project as part of “Elevate 2014.” The annual weeklong public [More]

Novel about ‘Gone With the Wind’s’ Mammy in stores Tuesday

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by jvejnoska
author Donald McCaig.

It’s the indefatigable Scarlett O’Hara of books: “Gone With the Wind” continues to sell about 75,000 copies annually, more than three-quarters of a century after it first brought fame and fortune (and a Pulitzer Prize) to Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell.

And now comes another authorized sequel, the second by acclaimed Civil War novelist Donald McCaig (“Rhett Butler’s People” came out in 2007). Actually, “Ruth’s Journey” (Atria Books, $26), which arrives in bookstores Tuesday, is mostly a prequel. And, McCaig suggests, a much-needed fleshing out of one of the original book’s “three major characters” — the O’Hara clan’s indispensable, tough love-dispensing “Mammy.”

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Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum among many elevating Finster’s profile

  • 7:38 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Howard Finster's "Super Powers" (1984) is on view in the exhibit "The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster" at the  American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

The restoration over the last three years of the Rev. Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden folk art environment in the northwest Georgia town of Summerville also is proving to be a factor in a growing revival of interest in the work of the prolific artist more than a decade after his death.

The latest evidence is Finster’s powerful presence in a sprawling group exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on view in the documentary “Paradise Garden,” which will be screened at the Goat Farm Art Center on Nov. 18.

Meanwhile, the Paradise Garden Foundation is readying for “A Turn in [More]

Marietta Chalkfest, exhibits around Square, among weekend art offerings

  • 2:01 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
David Lepore of West Palm Beach, Fla., is one of more than 40 national chalk artists who will be creating works this weekend at Marietta ChalkFest. He David prefers to depict iconic heroes and villains, using movie clips as inspiration.

Chalk up the expansion of Marietta ChalkFest to popularity.

The free fest returns for its fourth edition this weekend, with more than 40 professional chalk artists from around the country, double last year’s number, coloring their masterpieces around the Marietta Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a public non-professional juried chalk art competition for all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (entry fee required).

The variety band Prime will play a free concert in Glover Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and a vendor’s marketplace and kid’s activities will be available [More]