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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]

Michael E. Shapiro, director of the High Museum, to step down

  • 11:07 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Bo Emerson
Michael Shapiro 2 Headshot

Michael E. Shapiro, the crowd-pleasing director who presided over two decades of explosive growth at the High Museum, announced Wednesday he would be stepping down.

“I think, after 20 years, why not give someone else a shot to take it to the next level?” said Shapiro, in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Shapiro will leave the High July 31, 2015, as he completes his 20th year guiding the museum, first as deputy director, then as director.

It has been a time of momentous change at the Midtown cultural center.

During Shapiro’s tenure the High constructed a three-building expansion designed by Italian architect [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]

Busy art weekend: Gwinnett gallery opens, Art Party, last lap for High’s ‘Cars,’ Art Papers exhibit, more

  • 6:48 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Gwinnett County gets new art gallery — garden, too

Atlanta’s northern suburbs gain another art gallery as R Alexander Fine Art in Peachtree Corners celebrates with grand opening receptions 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Though the location is new, partner Robert Harris has been an art dealer for three decades, specializing in an array of international work.

The debut exhibition’s title, “New Roots: A Celebration of New Beginnings,” alludes to its artist introductions but also to a newly installed 2.5-acre botanical garden intended to make R Alexander a Gwinnett County attraction. The garden features a waterfall overlooked by a nearly one-ton Marton Varo [More]

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center awarded $260,000 in grants

  • 1:30 pm Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, which unveiled a major renovation as part of its 40th anniversary celebration late last year, is positioned for a rosier future after announcements Thursday of two major grants from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

The Contemporary received $200,000, the largest grant ever made by the Arts Fund to a single arts organization, as part of a pilot program intended to educate Atlanta’s small and medium-sized arts groups on achieving better capitalization.

The luncheon’s theme was “Capitalize — The Arts Count,” and it featured a keynote address on that topic by Rodney Christopher, senior fellow at the F.B. [More]