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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

Sistagraphy
© Sistagraphy
A Different Eye: Sistagraphy Celebrates 20 Years of Photography
Hammonds House Museum
Featuring work by: Sistagraphy

Exhibition: Sun, Sep 8, to Sun, Nov 3 2013

During the past two decades, Sistagraphy has produced or participated in over 56 exhibitions across the United States and abroad, encouraging lifelong learning and promotion of the photographic arts through interpretive theme based exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach. “A Different Eye” features curated selections from Sistagraphy’s past and present members who have contributed their time and talent to the arts community through their creative lens. A first edition book of the same name will be launched to coincide with this 20 year retrospective exhibition. www.sistagraphy.org

Opening Reception: Sun, Sep 8, 2pm - 5pm

Panel Discussion: Sun, Sep 29, 2pm - 5pm

Photography Panel Discussion

20 Years of Sistagraphy by members of Sistagraphy.

Workshop: Sun, Oct 13, 2pm - 5pm

Photo Slam

Bring up to 10 digital images and share them in a One Minute Elevator Pitch!

Panel Discussion: Sun, Oct 27, 2pm - 5pm

Photography Panel Discussion

Moderator Sheila Pree-Bright. Panelists include Polly Barr, Lisa Tuttle & members of Sistagraphy.

Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St., S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30310  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat, Sun: 1pm - 5pm
p: (404) 612-0481
web: http://www.hammondshouse.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1461
ACP Listing #: 015

John Murphy
© John Murphy
Work of Body
Portal Gallery
Featuring work by: Forrest Aguar, Leslie Burns, John Murphy

Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 11, 7pm - 10pm

“Trends in art come and go, but the Nude remains a canon of high art, like a shadow we cannot jump away from…”
Mona Kuhn in an interview with Le Journal de Photographie, June, 2013.

Recent graduates Forrest Aguar and John Murphy collaborate with professor Leslie Burns to present Work of Body. The artists manipulate the human body to their unique motives, be they sensual, spiritual, or psychological. The visual dialogue between the content and aesthetic of student and professor is laid bare in this haunting contemplation on the nude.

Portal Gallery
675 Metropolitan Pkwy #6026 -E5
30310
Atlanta, GA 30310  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Sat, Sun: 10am - 4pm
Thu: 10am - 9:30pm
web: http://https://www.facebook.com/portal.gallery
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1449
ACP Listing #: 077

Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
© Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
ACP Lecture Series: Deborah Willis, Ph.D.
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Featuring work by: Deborah Willis

Artists Talk: Thu, Oct 17, 7pm - 9pm

Deborah Willis, Ph.D. is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curators of African American culture. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment as a University Professor with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fletcher Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow. Dr. Willis is also a prolific author.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the first institution in the southeast to present Dr. Willis’ nationally touring exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture (September 5 – December 7, 2013). This exhibition explores the ways in which our contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by photographers and artists working from 1890 to the present

For this event, Dr. Willis leads a conversation examining and challenging conventional perspectives on identity, beauty, cosmopolitanism, and community in Africa and the African Diaspora. She will also examine the relationship between beauty and politics and how such topics have shaped a new understanding of reading black culture from the antebellum period to the present.

This program is organized in partnership with the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and is part of the Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
350 Spelman Lane, Box 1526
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center
Atlanta, GA 30314  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 4pm
p: (404) 270-5607
web: http://www.spelman.edu/about-us/museum-of-fine-art
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1512
ACP Listing #: 088

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