Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center names Daniel Fuller curator

  • 8:00 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Daniel Fuller has been appointed curator at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. CONTRIBUTED BY BRYAN GRAF

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has selected Daniel Fuller as curator. Departing his position of four years as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Fuller starts in Atlanta on Dec. 1.

“My curatorial philosophy has always been clean and simple: to just remain open – ever open to artists and ideas,” he said.

Fuller predicted that the Contemporary will be “a site of actions and interactions, a site that is open to Atlanta’s diverse communities.”

He joins executive director Julie Delliquanti, who headed the High Museum of Art’s public programs and community engagement, as new to the Contemporary’s [More]

Flux Projects stretching to present Nick Cave’s public art “Resurrection,’ Flux Night’s return in 2015

  • 7:08 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Best known for his Soundsuits, sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave will premiere “Resurrection” at Ponce City Market, April 23-26, 2015. CONTRIBUTED BY JAMES PRINZ

With its recent announcement that it will present a world premiere by leading performance artist Nick Cave next April, Flux Projects is exhibiting what appears to be its greatest ambition in planning its fifth year. The Atlanta nonprofit has presented an array of innovative temporary public art in Atlanta since its 2010 launch by arts advocate by Louis Corrigan, but 2015 appears to hold particular promise:

Cave will debut a show called “Resurrection,” billed as a “call to arms, head and heart,” at Ponce City Market (the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center, still under renovation) in six [More]

Despite confusion, shows go on for Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Shakespeare Company

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Opera's season opener of "Madama Butterfly" is a co-production with Virginia's Castleton Festival. Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun says that such collaborations allow the company to participate in creating fresh new takes on the classics. In the Castleton production (pictured) Christopher Bozeka (left) played Goro and Jonathan Burton played Pinkerton. In the Atlanta production, Jason Ferrante plays Goro and Adam Diegel plays Pinkerton. CONTRIBUTED BY RAY BOC

It ain’t over for the Atlanta Opera, with or without a fat lady singing.

Similarly, the show must go on for the Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

This would hardly seem like earth-shattering news about these long-running Atlanta performing groups, except that some confused consumers erroneously think they’ve canceled performances, or worse, gone out of business.

Both companies, which are very much alive and kicking, are suffering from cases of oddly mistaken identity.

Some opera lovers think that members of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra have been locked out instead of the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now in their seventh week [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.

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
glo, collaborators stage [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.

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]