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Richard Misrach
© Richard Misrach
Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley
High Museum of Art
Featuring work by: Arthur Grace, Richard Misrach

Exhibition: Sat, Jun 2, to Sun, Oct 7 2012

In 1998, the High commissioned California-based photographer Richard Misrach to create a body of work as part of the Museum’s Picturing the South series.

Misrach studied the ecological degradation of a passage of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This is an area where a number of petro-chemical industries are based and which is sometimes referred to as Cancer Alley. Like the Western landscapes for which Misrach is best known, these photographs challenge viewers with environmental and political concerns while seducing them with evocative and lyrically beautiful large scale prints. In focusing on the delicate state of the Mississippi River, Misrach’s work signals not just the environmental challenges facing the South but also the larger costs of our modern world at the dawn of the twenty first century.

To mark the culmination and publication of this body of work in 2012, more than a decade after the project was initiated, a group of twenty-one large scale prints are presented here. This is the first time that many of these important photographs have been shown to a broad public.

Exhibition: Sat, Sep 15, to Sun, Jan 6 2013

Arthur Grace: Choose Me

Every four years, tens of millions of Americans come together on a single day to cast votes for President of the United States. In celebration of the 2012 election season, this exhibition focuses on an historical project that photojournalist Arthur Grace developed during the 1988 presidential race. The series, published as Choose Me, documents presidential candidates, including George Bush, Jesse Jackson, and Al Gore, campaigning for support as they competed for the highest office in the land. Grace’s humorous and lighthearted photographs transcend the familiar press shots of presidential candidates, capturing instead the theatrical aspects of politics and portraying the distinct personalities of each candidate outside the public eye. In moving beyond scripted speeches and sound bites, Grace’s groundbreaking essay remains fresh and insightful, and is unprecedented with regard to its depth of monographic coverage of a presidential race. His work was made with an unguarded access that has become virtually impossible to achieve today, and holds a special place in the history of independent documentary photography.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am - 5pm
Thu: 10am - 8pm
Sun: 12pm - 5pm
p: (404) 733-4400
web: http://www.high.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1009
ACP Listing #: 002

Elyse Defoor
© Elyse Defoor
The Wedding Dress Project
Xchange Gallery at The Arts Exchange
Featuring work by: Elyse Defoor

Exhibition: Sat, Sep 15, to Sat, Oct 27 2012

The Xchange Gallery presents Elyse Defoor's multi-media, photography-based installation "The Wedding Dress Project," curated by Atlanta artist Jaynie Crimmins. Defoor’s work continually explores the many forms - hidden and exposed - of the feminine body and spirit. In her investigations of revealment and concealment, Defoor provokes simple questions that open to infinite complexities. How do we appear to others? Why do we cover ourselves? How do costumes reflect and deflect the world? In The Wedding Dress Project, Defoor considers the nuptial vestment as human artifact, charged by the hopes and dreams of the women who wore them. Through her intimate portrayals, Defoor evokes inner and outer dialogue that only begins at the concept of marriage.

Hours below, or by appt: 404.667.1902

Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 15, 6pm - 9pm

The Wedding Dress Project

You are invited to the opening reception for Elyse Defoor's solo exhibition of "The Wedding Dress Project." Saturday, September 15, 6:00 - 9:00. Refreshments will be served.

Artists Talk: Sun, Oct 21, 4:30pm

The Wedding Dress Project

At 4:30 pm, Elyse Defoor will host an artist talk and public discussion of her multi-media installation "The Wedding Dress Project," in conjunction with The Arts Exchange's Open House (4pm - 8pm.)

Xchange Gallery at The Arts Exchange
750 Kalb Street, SE
Atlanta, GA 30312  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 12pm - 6pm
Sat: 2pm - 6pm
web: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Arts-Exchange/47377658851
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1107
ACP Listing #: 021

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