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Potluck & Screening / Fall Line Projects on Friday, Jan. 29th

Our friends and neighbors at Fall Line Press have a new "Projects" initiative that they're kicking-off with a selection of short videos next Friday night, Jan. 29th.

"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.

/ Artists /
Davion Alston
Robin Bernat
Gabrielle Duggan
Cindy Hinant
Clovice Holt
Alexis Huckaby
Michael David Murphy
Neill Prewitt
Max Siciliano
Beau Torres

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ArtsATL Video on Elliott Erwitt

Great to see ArtsATL's coverage these days, especially of photography, including this new video from Virginie Kippelen, interviewing Elliott Erwitt on his recent visit to Jackson Fine Art.

Spelman College Presents: “Black Chronicles II”, Opens Jan. 29th

(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.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMS
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.

TO SCHEDULE A GROUP TOUR
To schedule a group tour of Black Chronicles II, please contact the Museum at museum@spelman.edu or 404-270-5607.

INTERACT WITH THE MUSEUM
To interact with the Museum and its community, learn more about the College's art collection, and receive the latest Museum news and exclusives, follow the Museum on facebook.com/spelmanmuseum and twitter.com/spelmanmuseum. Museum visitors are encouraged to check in on foursquare.

ADDRESS
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is located in the Atlanta University Center on the Spelman College campus on the first floor of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center at 350 Spelman Lane, S.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30314.

For visitors using GPS navigation systems, the following address leads to the front entrance of Spelman College: 440 Westview Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30310.

HOURS
The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, major holidays and official College breaks.

You Need to Know Maximus Thor

Occasionally, something crosses our radar here that isn't strictly photographic, but is too interesting and too Atlanta to not share. A few weeks ago, Creative Loafing published 20 People to Watch, and Stephanie Dazey wrote a piece about Ben Morgan and his son Maximus Thor's YouTube channel.

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© photo by Dustin Chambers

I watched the first video I found, and when I picked my jaw up off the floor, it reminded me of a never-considered hybrid between Ryan Trecartin and that fantastic first film David Gordon Green made with a bunch of kids in North Carolina.

The Maximus Thor dad/son duo released a new video tonight, and it reminded me to post this video from last year, which is extremely relevant to artists of all kinds.


There's so much great about this (again, read Stephanie's piece for background) but what's really important is thinking about it as something that's distinctly and uniquely Atlanta.

I try to keep an eye out for the most popular & visible exports from our city, and while they tend to be sports and reality TV shows, we're lucky to have people in our midst like Maximus Thor crafting suicide prevention videos that keep artists focused on their goal (not to mention Living Walls, so prominently featured in the video above, and such a great representation of the changing nature of our city).

In our current now, where personal brands, Search Engine Optimization, and Clickbait headlines rule the digital day, it's great to see such inspired creativity while throwing the toolbox out the window by naming their videos:
"11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111".

Going a little long, but hoping Maximum Thor's YouTube Channel might click with a part of what makes you, you.

DOCUMENTUM launches at Poem 88, Saturday, Feb. 20th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Robin Bernat, robin@poem88.net
Jan 14, 2016

DOCUMENTUM will open at Poem 88 on Saturday, FEB 20.
February 20 to March 26
opening reception: Saturday, February 20, 6pm to 9pm

In its inaugural iteration, photographers Stephen Shore, David Campany, Dawn Kim, Chris Rhodes, William Boling, and many more present Documentum.tv,­ a guest ­curated periodical and exhibition archiving & examining the cultural ephemera of our time. Volume 1 examines the phenomenon of Instagram through the eyes of photographers, artists, writers, and cultural thinkers who are using it for creative expression or practice. Poem 88 and Documentum.tv will present an exhibition of a selection of work from the first issue. Documentum.tv, the periodical, is developed and published by Fall Line Press. The exhibition runs through March 26.

Poem 88
1123 Zonolite Road NE, Suite 20A
Floataway Community*
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
Poem 88

Video: The Boy with a Camera for a Face

Ain’t Bad Magazine / Young Collectors Club / Meg Griffiths Photobook Launch – Jan. 21st

YCC 1_2016 Ain t Bad Magazine presents Meg Griffiths_ Thurs Jan 21st-3

Video: What 8 Million Instagram Followers Does for Your Notifications

“What is Near: Reflections on Home” opens at High Museum, Saturday, Jan. 16th

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Sarah Hobbs (American, born 1970). Denial, from the Small Problems in Living series, 2008

"What Is Near:
Reflections on Home
Opening January 16, 2016

What Is Near examines the ways in which artists have explored issues of identity and memory in the context of home. Home can be a place laden with emotion and memory, and is often inextricably tied to a sense of identity. In this exhibition, the work of five Southern photographers in the permanent collection of the High Museum approach topics of representation through the framework of home.

The artworks include Beth Lilly’s study of memories and dreams, Angela West’s return to a familiar landscape and family members, Paula Chamlee’s depictions of her childhood home after decades away, Sheila Pree Bright’s dispelling of stereotypes through depictions of living spaces, and Sarah Hobbs’s manufactured rooms filled with the anxieties of the human experience.

Each series translates a particular location or experience into one that is universal through the act of taking a photograph, and each photograph carries the weight of representing a life lived. A sense of nostalgia, while present in many of these images, does not rule the scenes. In studying these deeply personal works, the viewer may recall his or her own personal experiences of home. "

Elliott Erwitt Book Signing at Jackson Fine Art, Thurs. Jan 14th

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