to the second season of
ArtMERGE: Atlanta West
Clark Atlanta University Galleries: Anima of the African Diaspora
& Spelman College Museum of Fine Art: Carrie Mae Weems
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Reservations Require Space is Limited
Reservations for Atlanta West:
$15 for members, $20 for non-members
Reservations for both remaining ArtMERGE outings (listed below):
$25 for members, $35 for non-members
Bus leaves the Museum at 2 p.m.
This Museum outing, scheduled for SATURDAY, JULY 24 at 2 p.m., will take participants to two of Atlantas most exciting African American exhibition spaces, Clark Atlanta University Galleries and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. During this ArtMERGE, participants will travel from MOCA GA by bus to each venue where they will be given a private tour of each exhibition.
Clark Atlanta University Galleries:
The Anima of the African Diaspora is inspired by the National Black Arts Festival theme, Sister Fire: Creative Expressions of Women of the African Diaspora. Through a broad selection of works from the universitys permanent collection (enhanced by a few loans), this exhibit presents painting, prints, sculpture and textiles by women of color and reflections of Black women produced by both female and male artists. In concert, these works depict the maternal soul of the African Diaspora, a tenacious spirit that survived displacement, subjugation, and through ingenious mother wit enabled fragments of an indigenous culture to permeate the aesthetics of Western civilization in varied forms. The thirty-nine illustrations by deceased and living artists include Sheila Pree-Bright, D.E. Johnson, Gabi Nkosi, and Bongi Bengu of South Africa, Coreen Simpson, Lilian Blades, Mildred Thompson, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lucinda Bunnen, Marquetta Johnson, Hattie Miles, Lois Mailou Jones, John Biggers, Marion Perkins, Jim Alexander, Hale Woodruff, John Wilson, Calvin Burnett, Lonnie Graham and many more. Through the artists visual explorations, documentation, analysis and simple honoring of the African feminine presence, the works collectively convey cultural compassion.
CAU Art Galleries will also feature Hail to Hale Woodruff, a satellite display of prints and paintings by celebrated artist and professor Hale Woodruff (1900-1980), which will compliment the High Museum of Arts exhibition of Woodruffs Atlanta public housing murals executed in the 1930s. As the first professor of art in higher education in the state of Georgia, joining the Atlanta University faculty in 1931, Woodruff established art departments at AU and Spelman College. However, his greatest contribution to the Atlanta art scene is the Art of the Negro mural series (1950-1951) composed of six 12 x 12 foot panels and the extant permanent collection of art by African-Americans on view at CAU Art Galleries.
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art:
This exhibition features two recently completed series by internationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. The Louisiana Project incorporates still photography, narrative and video projection as part of an exploration of culture, gender and race. While the series examines the complex history of New Orleans and the conflation of cultures that have resulted, the implications extend far beyond Louisiana. Using the symbolism of shadow play and the mirror as means of reflection, The Louisiana Project investigates how perceptions of history, black women, race relations and sexual identity have been shaped. Commissioned in 2003 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, this installation was organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery of Tulane University.
The muse that prompts contemporary viewers to challenge their own perceptions in The Louisiana Project, is also featured in Dreaming in Cuba, a series of silver prints that is inspired by the history and people of Cuba. Weems, positioned as a muse who is immersed in the landscape, home and workplace of the Cuban people, raises questions about the essence and spirituality of social revolution.
MOCA GAs ArtMERGE promotes awareness of the diversity of the arts found in Atlanta and is an exciting opportunity to visit venues across the city.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED SPACE IS LIMITED
404-881-1109, or INFO@MOCAGA.ORG
Upcoming FALL ArtMERGE:
Castleberry Hill Arts District, Saturday, September 18, 2004
Marcia Wood Gallery (Katherine Taylor and Cameraless Photography curated by Lisa Kurzner), Skot Foreman Gallery, and Stable 1897 (alternative space and artists studios).
Spaces are limited
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
1447 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309