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Ken Ramsey
© Ken Ramsey
Posing Beauty in African American Culture
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Featuring work by: Thomas Askew, Sheila Pree Bright, Mikalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 5, to Sat, Dec 7 2013

"Posing Beauty in African American Culture," which was curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography, features more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers. It explores the ways in which our contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by photographers working from 1890 to the present.

"Posing Beauty" does not define beauty. Instead, it considers the idea of black beauty in photography—how it is posed, constructed, imagined, reviewed, critiqued, and contested in art, the media, and everyday culture. This groundbreaking project is rooted in the belief that beauty is empowering in black culture and focuses on the visual expression of that power. Featured artists include Thomas Askew, Sheila Pree Bright, F. Holland Day, Lola Flash, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Mikalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Carla Williams, and many more.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
REFRAMING "BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL," a lecture by Deborah Willis: Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m.

"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California. The Museum enthusiastically acknowledges support from the Wish Foundation and the Lubo Fund.

Opening Reception: Thu, Sep 12, 6:30pm

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
350 Spelman Lane
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center
Atlanta, GA 30314  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sat: 12pm - 4pm
p: (404) 270-5607
web: http://spelmanmuseum.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1473
ACP Listing #: 008

Monika Sziladi
© Monika Sziladi
Ready for My Close-up
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Double Zero, Jill Frank, Mónika Sziládi

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 12, to Fri, Oct 25 2013

In the last half-century, feminism and performativity have influenced contemporary photography more than any other cultural markers. The exhibition title is taken from the exit line of Sunset Boulevard, a film which questions female identity issues, the rehearsal of the self, the gaze of the viewer and the use of the theatrical to command attention, all influenced by culture and all features of this group exhibition.

Double Zero - the collective duo of Hannah Ireland and Annie Vought - investigates how identity is shaped in interpersonal relationships. Their video Cha cha cha changes – and its accompanying still portraiture - document modes of presentation and the performance of the self using simple domestic materials, as the artists recreate each other as sculptures.

Atlanta artist Jill Frank bases her work on the American ideal of romance. Her subject/performers act out gestures of intimacy that resonate in our iconic media framework. The work challenges the industry driven “optimism commodity” of romance.

Monika Sziladi’s seamless collaged photographs investigate the tribalized social sphere of public relations, networking, trade shows and social meet ups: wherever individuals have folded everyday living into a masquerade of the extraordinary. Her images assert that attendance in this society is performance.

Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 4, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Thu: 10am - 5am
Sat: 11am - 5pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1434
ACP Listing #: 026

Steffani Jemison
© Steffani Jemison
When I Turn My Head
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Steffani Jemison

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 12, to Fri, Oct 25 2013

“If the sky is above my head, when I turn my head upwards, I will see the sky,” activist Huey P. Newton, whose words evoke both possibility and futility.

Steffani Jemison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers issues that arise when conceptual practices are inflected by black history and vernacular culture. Jemison uses rigorous formal methods to explore her interests in the politics of serial form, the limits of narrative description, and the tension between improvisation, repetition, and fugitivity. Jemison’s solo exhibition includes two videos and a set of inkjet prints on clear film.

Her regenerated photographs employ acetate as support so that the coherent photograph appears solid, but is translucent, thus reflecting other works, the architecture of the room, and the viewers themselves. They are both “in transit” and “at rest.”

Similarly challenging the meaning or stability of the visual trope, Jemison’s videos, which reference early chase films, show figures moving repetitively through urban landscapes in various iterations.

In a May, 2013’s Art in America. Thomas J. Lax writes that Jemison’s videos reveal “the context-sensitive and research-oriented processes that structure the artist’s work across photo-based objects and text-based images, performance and participatory projects alike”…carry[ing] an unexpected affective charge.”

Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 4, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue: 10am - 5am
Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 5pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1435
ACP Listing #: 018

Wendy Given
© Wendy Given
Claw, Shine, Gloam & Vesper
Featuring work by: Wendy Given

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 12, to Sat, Oct 12 2013

Wendy Given’s production of uncanny contemporary photography and sculpture stems from a profound interest and practice guided by natural philosophy, history, folklore, myth and magic – magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Given additionally posses a keen sensibility in observing, documenting and seamlessly merging the natural with the other worldly – or, seemingly, supernatural.

Given’s imagery is overtly multifaceted - not simply fantasy pastiche, mere references to antiquated belief systems and iconographies, nor basic field documentation - she constructs a current and substantial visual mode to reveal the implicit ironies in a modern life ruled by the unexplainable. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of power, verity and mystery in Given’s work-both intelligible and arcane. She gives significant credence to the animals, rocks, plants, earth, water and heavens – the familiar, the unfamiliar and the essential. Her works conveys an intense yearning to utilize and honor our inherent awareness – to regain the unspoken understanding that we are all, and always will be integral to and dependent on the natural world.

Opening Reception: Thu, Sep 12, 7pm - 10pm

814 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11am - 5pm
web: http://whitespace814.com
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1465
ACP Listing #: 017

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