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Nandipha Mntambo
© Nandipha Mntambo
Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Featuring work by: Mequitta Ahuja, Emma Amos, Sheila Pree Bright, Nick Cave, Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lauren Kelly, Marcia Kure, Deana Lawson, Kalup Linzy, Kalup Linzy, Beverly McIver, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Lorraine O'Grady, Magdalene Odundo, Gordon Parks, Jessica Ann Peavy, Jessica Ann Peavy, Etiye Dimma Poulsen, Berni Searle, Cindy Sherman, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Renée Stout, Mickalene Thomas, Sheila Turner, Iké Udé, Doris Ulmann, James VanDerZee, Pat Ward Williams

: Wed, Sep 9, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

This exhibition explores the complicated practice of black women disguising themselves as well as the historic trend of others camouflaging themselves as black women. It is based on the premise that people manipulate their outward appearance for many reasons including: to gain access that they would not otherwise have, mimic, deflect attention, or garner confidential information. The project also surmises that artists incorporate the practice of disguise as a critical strategy to carry out or debunk cultural traditions, confront or reinforce stereotypes, explore fetishes, and challenge sociocultural norms.

"Undercover" considers the reasons and ramifications of disguise and the multiple implications it has on race and gender. It examines seemingly disparate types of disguise including, self-portraiture, cross-dressing, and blackface performance. Featuring a range of media including painting, video, and photography, "Undercover" investigates the multi-layered strategies for and outcomes of disguise. While it includes works by well-known artists including Lorraine O'Grady, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Doris Ulmann, and James VanDerZee, it also introduces promising emerging and mid-career artists such as Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lauren Kelley, Kalup Linzy, Nandipha Mntambo, Magdalene Odundo, Berni Searle, and many others.

For a corresponding lecture from participating artist Renée Cox, please see ACP 11 Collaborations.

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 10, to Sat, Dec 5 2009

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sat: 12pm - 4pm
web: http://www.spelman.edu/museum
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/172
ACP Listing #: 028

Wendy Phillips
© Wendy Phillips
Ephemeral Musings: Work from and Inspired by the Afromestizo Communities of LaCosta Chica, Mexico
Hammonds House Museum
Featuring work by: Wendy Phillips

: Sun, Sep 20, 2pm - 5pm

Opening from 2pm-5pm, artist's talk at 3pm.

Exhibition: Sun, Sep 20, to Sun, Nov 15 2009

Ephemeral Musings: Work from and Inspired by the Afromestizo Communities of LaCosta Chica, Mexico

Wendy Phillips' conceptual work is informed and inspired by the ethnographic research project she has been doing with women of African and North American indigenous descent in the communities of the coastal states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico.

La Limpia Project was inspired by what she learned about Afromestizo women’s conceptualization of illness and their rituals related to healing. In this series, her body is the location of the rituals, and her photographs include the ritual objects and symbols the women use in their traditional practices.

La Sombra Series refers to the traditional Afromestizo belief that illnesses and instances of spiritual disharmony and disequilibrium occur when an aspect of an individual called La Sombra, (also known as the soul, or shadow) becomes lost or endangered. The images also represent her musings about the symbols that represent the feminine archetype.

La Costa Chica Series includes images made in the Afromestizo community of Juchitan, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St., SW
Atlanta, GA 30310  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat, Sun: 1pm - 5pm
p: (404) 612-0482
web: http://www.hammondshouse.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/334
ACP Listing #: 043

Le Flash 2009
© Le Flash 2009
ACP 11 Opening Reception - Le Flash
Castleberry Hill District
Featuring work by: Various Artists

Exhibition: Fri, Oct 2, 7pm - 12am

Organized by Cathy Byrd and Stuart Keeler

Once a year, Paris lights up the city with art for Nuit Blanche. Toronto does the same with all night art revelry. In Santa Monica, Glow transforms the pier, the beach and Palisades Park for art encounters from dusk to dawn.

For the second year in a row, Le Flash Atlanta will feature over 40 projects in Castleberry Hill’s streets and galleries, vacant lots and windows, warehouses and rooftops.

Fantastical art and creative events will again fill a night out in the neighborhood. Atlanta will be showered with the light and sound of installations, performance art, poetry readings, music, video projections ands other lens-based projects, an iron pour and art happenings of all sorts.

The event will illuminate the district from dusk to midnight, creating a unique cultural experience, and leaving a trace of magic and mystery in the minds of those who see it.

This event is free and open to the public.

Castleberry Hill District
Walker and Peters Streets
Atlanta, GA 30313  [map: Google Maps]
web: http://leflash-atlanta.com
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/359
ACP Listing #: 002

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