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Coming to High Museum: Gordon Parks’ black and white South, in color

  • 10:09 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The High Museum of Art lays claim to one of the most significant civil rights photography collections in the nation, comprising more than 300 black-and-white prints.

The exhibition announced Tuesday by the museum, however, is something altogether different: Opening Nov. 15, “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” will feature 40 documentary images taken by the trailblazing photographer in 1956 Alabama in vibrant color.

Coinciding with the exhibit, the High will acquire 12 of the color pictures, most unseen for more than 50 years, for its rapidly growing permanent collection of photography, now numbering more than 5,800 prints.

Parks created the work on assignment for Life [More]

WonderRoot wins approval to expand into Memorial Drive schoolhouse

  • 9:15 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

WonderRoot, the decade-old Atlanta grass-roots arts nonprofit with a strong social change mission, is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.

The Atlanta Public Schools board on Monday night approved an agreement with the community arts center, which will take over a 54,000-square-foot former schoolhouse across the street at 1043 Memorial Drive. It has occupied a converted Reynoldstown house for seven years and outgrown it.

Opened as John F. Faith Elementary School in 1922 and renamed C.D. Hubert Elementary in 1963, the red-brick building most recently was home to the Tech High public charter school, which closed in 2012.

WonderRoot will turn the [More]

Andy Cohen co-headlines Book Festival of MJCCA

  • 4:09 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Andy Cohen, producer of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise and host of the late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live,” is one of the headliners for the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Nov. 1-18. The author of “The Andy Cohen Diaries” appears at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Among the 40-plus participating authors are novelist Anna Quindlen (“Still Life With Bread Crumbs”), comedian Bob Saget (“Dirty Daddy”) and New York Times food writer Mark Bittman (“How to Cook Everything Fast”). Tickets go on sale Sept. 2.

Bunnen Gallery sharpens focus on High Museum’s photography collection

  • 1:30 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

When the High Museum of Art announced in April that it had received nearly $4 million to support its photography initiatives, it said it planned to add a dedicated full-time gallery space to showcase prints from its 5,500-work photo collection.

And, in short order, that wedge-shaped space, newly named the Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography, has opened on the Skyway level of the Wieland Pavilion.

The debut installation, “The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection,” is a grouping of 23 images drawn from the High’s holdings of experimental photography. The thread linking the photographers — including Vik Muniz, Dawoud Bey, David [More]

Updated!: Dragon Con’s stars are aligned for Labor Day weekend

  • 7:18 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Update Aug. 19: Dragon Con keeps on adding guests. Added to its star list in the last week: Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the “Harry Potter” movies), Manu Bennett (the pale orc in the “Hobbit” movies and the baddie in “Arrow”) as well as additional cast members from Syfy’s “Warehouse 13.”

The convention also announced that the Atlanta Community Food Bank will be its official charity this year. Attendees can bring canned or boxed food items to registration in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel when they pick up their membership badges.

Update Aug. 13: Just when it appeared that the top of the [More]

Art on the Beltline announces fall season

  • 4:55 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

Art on the Atlanta Beltline, one of the largest temporary public art exhibits in the Southeast, returns Sept. 6 through Nov. 15, featuring nearly 100 works of visual and performance art. The yearly exhibit takes place outdoors, along the abandoned rail bed that has been reclaimed as a necklace of multi-use trails and public parks.

The sculpture, dance, murals, outdoor concerts and theatrical presentations transform the corridor into an outdoor gallery space. The season kicks off on the evening of Sept. 6 with the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade. Exhibits during the fall will be concentrated on the northern eastside interim hiking [More]

Museum of Design Atlanta announces 2015 schedule of exhibits

  • 4:25 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

The Museum of Design Atlanta recently announced its 2015 exhibition schedule. The Midtown Atlanta institution will present four exhibits that focus on the ways that design can change housing, communities, manufacturing and even politics. They include:

“Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature,” Jan. 18 to April 5, 2015 — Animals and humans use ingenious strategies to adapt to their environments, sometimes to the detriment of both dweller and environment. The exhibit shows design techniques that can protect the natural world.

“Designing Healthy Communities: Active Design and Its Impact,” April 26 to July 19, 2015 – Design affects our well-being, but [More]

9 films to check out at this weekend’s Pan African Film Festival

  • 6:45 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

From a classy British drama about a mixed-race young woman whose plight helps lead to slavery’s end in England to a documentary about, well, big bottoms, the Pan African Film Festival brings more than 50 films expressing very different aspects of the African diaspora to Atlanta this weekend.

Long associated with the National Black Arts Festival, the film festival is being presented independently here this year, Thursday through Sunday at the Plaza Theatre.

“Supremacy” is the opening night feature (7:25 p.m. Thursday), and star Danny Glover will appear on the red carpet along with director Deon Taylor (starting at 6:30 p.m.). The [More]

Midtown’s Get This Gallery closes; Duluth’s Artevaggio Fine Art mounts third show

  • 7:38 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Get This Gallery, which had assembled a formidable artist roster and mounted numerous exhibitions garnering strong notices, has shut its doors after a 10-year, 50-exhibit run.

Owner Lloyd Benjamin suggested he was going out on a high note, amid the Midtown gallery’s best year of business, to concentrate on independent curatorial projects and art consultation through a new venture, 4th Projects. In fact, a 4th Projects installation — featuring works by Scott Ingram, Alex “Hense” Brewer, Heather Greenway and Bean Worley — is on view at the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown through Sept. 1.

Among his gallery’s accomplishments, Benjamin said the High Museum [More]

High Museum to shine light on modernist Wifredo Lam in early 2015

  • 7:40 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Cuban-born modernist painter Wifredo Lam is not as well-known as some of the artists and writers who served as his inspirations, including Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Federico García Lorca, Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel García Márquez. An exhibit coming to the High Museum of Art next February seeks to remedy that.

The High announced on Monday that it will host the retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds,” featuring more than 40 paintings, as well as a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera.

Lam (1902-1982), who studied in Madrid and worked in pre-World War II Paris before returning to Cuba, is considered a key [More]

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