"The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is pleased to present the photo documentary exhibition entitled CUBA: Then and Now. The exhibition will be on display in the MJCCA’s Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery (MJCCA, 5324 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody), January 18 – March 15, 2016. For information, visit www.atlantajcc.org.
About the Exhibition
From the art of the Havana Biennial and Muraleando to baseball and cigars, the exhibition features vibrant images of a changing Cuba. Documented over a ten year span, CUBA: Then and Now is the debut exhibition of Atlanta curator and photographer Susanne Katz. "This small country was changing before my eyes, states Katz. “As a curator, I am delighted by cultural and political contrast. The challenge for me was to focus on what to look at and how to visually describe what I was seeing. Everywhere I looked there was an unforgettable image; and there is more to every image than a photograph can say."
About the Photographer
Susanne G. Katz is known to Atlanta arts audiences as a curator, educator, administrator and photographer. Her distinguished career runs the gamut from director of the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art to staff at the High Museum to the co-founder of the long running Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Katz is the author of several museum education guides, including Producing Effective Education Materials for Small Museums for the American Association of Museums.
In addition to photographs, the CUBA: Then and Now exhibition includes prints, paintings and handmade craft items from Katz’s private collection. Cuban cigars, paper mache cars, and baseball memorabilia round out the show and serve to highlight the delights of everyday life in Cuba.
About Havanna Bienniel and Muraleando
Established in 1984, the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition aims at promoting the developing world in contemporary art. The biennial is an important forum for underrepresented voices. Latin American and Caribbean artists are now joined by other non-Western artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Muraleando, now a destination for artists from around the world, began, and still operates, as a community art project in Havana. In 2001, two local artists began teaching classes to young people in their community with a goal of beautifying and revitalizing the neighborhood.
About the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is committed to strengthening the quality of life in Atlanta and is recognized as one of the most highly-regarded Jewish community centers in the nation. From preschoolers and teens, to young adults and seniors – the MJCCA offers unique and engaging programs, events, and services for every member of the community.
The MJCCA’s Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery: Location and Hours
The Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery is located at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Gallery hours: Mondays – Thursdays, 6:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fridays 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturdays 8 am – 6 pm; and Sundays, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Admission is Free."
"Beate Sass, an Atlanta based photographer, has released her publication, Real Stories, Real People. It is a compilation of photo essays that depict the lives of individuals living with a developmental disability (DD). Persons living with a DD have dreams of furthering their education, getting a job, living independently and creating lasting friendships, but support through a Medicaid waiver is often needed to fulfill these dreams. Real Stories, Real People provides intimate portrayals of lives well lived as a result of resources provided by a Medicaid waiver and lives lacking meaning or challenged by severe hardship due to inadequate support.
Real Stories, Real People was created to educate the public and policymakers about the value of investing in the future of their fellow Georgians living with a developmental disability. This publication will be distributed at the Capitol during the 2016 legislative session and is also available to the public free of charge. Real Stories, Real People is available in Atlanta at Showcase Inc. Photo & Video, Tula Art Center, and the DeKalb County Public Libraries in Decatur, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Stonecrest, and Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown.
28-page, tabloid-style publication, 11x 15 inches
Printed on newsprint by Walton Press in Monroe, Georgia
Website: www.realstoriesrealpeople.org The website features the full version of the stories."
Imagine your photos, on THE FENCE being enjoyed by millions of people in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Houston and Santa Fe!
What is THE FENCE?
THE FENCE is a large-scale outdoor photographic exhibition series, inaugurated in 2012 as a sister initiative to Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Each year, a distinguished jury is called upon to review the work submitted through an international open call for entries. 40 photographers are selected whose projects are then presented in a large-scale, outdoor exhibitions in multiple cities across the United States. In 2016, THE FENCE will be presented in Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston & Santa Fe.
We strongly urge you to submit your work. Here's THREE reasons why:
#1: THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform.
#2: This year, for the first time, there will also be a "Georgia-based photographers" FENCE that will be exhibited in October in Atlanta (other locations around GA to be announced). If selected for the Georgia-based FENCE, participating artists will receive a $100 honorarium from ACP.
#3: Enter once and be eligible for everything. This is a chance to get your work seen by millions on the nationally exhibited FENCE or many thousands (plus honorarium) on the Georgia FENCE. Not to mention being seen by the distinguished panel of jurors. PLUS, there's a $5,000 cash award for the winner of the Jury's Choice Grand Prize, including a solo exhibition at Photoville in Brooklyn in 2016 and LOTS of other awards!
Submission deadline is March 7th.
Our advice: Take a look at the categories and past winners to grasp the concept and submit only your strongest work. If you were one of the hundreds of thousands who saw THE FENCE in 2015, you'll know why you need to submit your photos today!
"Special Speaking of Photography @ APG: Bill Yates
Artist Bill Yates will present work from his highly acclaimed project "Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink" and other work for a very special Speaking of Photography.
The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at in the APG Gallery at 6:30pm and his presentation will begin at 7:30p in The Atrium.
Bill Yates' "Sweetheart" series lay untouched in a box for fifty years until, at his family's urging he began showing the work. He met with immediate success becoming a finalist for the prestigious Critical Mass Award, landing a solo exhibition at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and placing images on ACP's The Fence. Fall Line Press will be publishing the project as a book this fall.
When – Wednesday Feb 17 6:30 – 8:30
Where – APG Gallery 75 Bennett St, Atlanta 30309 Downstairs in the Tula Building"
"Fall Line Projects presents / Dinner and a Screening / a potluck and screening event hosted by the Low Museum. The show consists of a selection of short video works by ten artists. Fall Line will have some its editions available for viewing and purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a favorite dish or drink to share. Join us Friday, January 29th from 6 to 9 PM at the Low Museum, 550 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, Unit A.
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(Just sent out to our email list, a great show opening Jan. 29th at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art)
(Photo credit: "Peter Jackson, 1889." London Stereoscopic Company. Courtesy © Hulton Archive/Getty Images.)
Spelman College Presents: "Black Chronicles II"
Black Chronicles II, an exhibition organized by Autograph ABP (London) and featuring newly rediscovered portraits of Black subjects from 19th century Britain, opens January 2016.
ATLANTA - (Dec. 22, 2015). The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will present Black Chronicles II, an exhibition curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy of London-based arts agency Autograph ABP, which explores the Black presence in late 19th century Victorian Britain through the prism of studio portraiture. The stunning mix of rare and mostly never-seen images depicts both ordinary and prominent citizens—including artists, dignitaries, servicemen and women, missionaries, students, performers and international royalty—captured in portraits by professional photographers. The exhibition, which makes its Southeast debut at Spelman before it returns to London, will be on view Jan. 29-May 14, 2016.
Developed through original research in the holdings of national archives and several private collections in the United Kingdom and in collaboration with the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images, the exhibition includes more than 100 photographs taken in commercial studios across Britain during the Victorian era. The invention of photography in 1839 and the gaining popularity of portraits introduced a powerful way to capture a sitter's likeness and mood. However, Black people in Britain are generally absent from early photographic histories. By excavating the Hulton Archive, Black Chronicles II identifies an intriguing selection of photographs—a majority seen for the first time in public—to redress the question of "absence" in Britain's historical and visual records.
The exhibition's focus is a newly rediscovered body of photographic portraits from the Hulton Archive's London Stereoscopic Company collection, including a series of more than 30 portraits of The African Choir, which toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. Buried deep in the archives for decades, these images are presented with a carefully curated selection of original albumen cartes-de-visite (calling cards) that became popular collectibles in the late 19th century.
Alongside portraits of unidentified subjects, the exhibition features well-known period personalities with extraordinary stories, such as Sarah Forbes Bonetta, brought to England from West Africa and "god-daughter" to Queen Victoria; Prince Alemayehu of Ethiopia, who was taken to Britain as a young boy after his father committed suicide following defeat by the British; international boxing champion Peter Jackson a.k.a. "The Black Prince" from the island of St. Croix; and Kalulu, the African "boy servant" of British explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who inspired Stanley's 1873 book My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave: A Story of Central Africa. Together, the visual presence of these sitters bears direct witness to their own personal narratives, the complexities of colonial and imperial history, and the expansion of the British Empire.
"Black Chronicles II makes the archive, which is often viewed as a static place for researching the past, come alive," said Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. "While the Black subjects in the portraits hail from the Victorian era, it provokes a variety of pressing discussions about tracing our ancestry, maintaining family albums, the various ways that photographs continue to shape views about race, and the under-considered relationship between photographers and sitters. The Museum is privileged to present this important internationally touring exhibition."
The Museum is organizing workshops, gallery walks, Community Conversations, lectures and other programs in collaboration with academic departments, community groups, and arts organizations. These public programs will examine and explore important themes including the importance of excavating hidden histories, the significance of the archive, and the active role that images play in shaping contemporary discourse on race and equality.
Autograph ABP Curator and Head of Archive Renée Mussai, who led on the research and curation of Black Chronicles II said the collection discredits the notion that Black faces in Victorian Britain were absent from the historical and visual record. Mussai added the exhibition's premise is to "open up critical inquiry into the archive and continue our mission of continuously writing Black photographic history. At the heart of the exhibition is the desire to resurrect Black figures from oblivion and re-introduce them into contemporary consciousness."
Black Chronicles II is dedicated to the memory of Stuart Hall (1932—2014), the late cultural theorist and former Autograph ABP chairman. Mussai and co-curator Mark Sealy, director of Autograph ABP, have used Hall's influential work on Black identity in Britain to drive the exploration of the exhibition's narrative. The exhibition features text and audio excerpts from Hall's seminal 2008 keynote speech on archives and cultural memory.
"Black Chronicles II is a stunning exhibition and the fact that the majority of the negatives unearthed from within the Hulton Archive have lain undisturbed, bound in brown paper and string for over 120 years, is truly extraordinary," said Matthew Butson, vice president of the Hulton Archive.
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art's presentation of Black Chronicles II is made possible by the Wish Foundation and the LUBO Fund. Atlanta Celebrates Photography is a supporting partner.
Black Chronicles II features the collections of Autograph ABP, Hulton Archive, Jenny Allsworth, Val Wilmer, and Paul Frecker/The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography, amongst others, and is supported by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund.
Lecture and Opening Reception
On Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., Autograph ABP Curator and Head of Archive Renée Mussai will present an illustrated lecture on these recently discovered photographs, the majority of which have not been published or presented to the public until now. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
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