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Privileged Access: Tina Barney at the Frist Center, Nashville

In Tina Barney: Social Studies, the documentary about photographer Tina Barney, the artist recalls having a realization in the mid-1970s that “the American family was going to become extinct … I realized that everything was so good I didn’t want it to end.” Most everything was good for Barney, who was born into old East Coast…

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Wim Wenders Film “The Salt of the Earth” Turns Camera on Sebastiaõ Salgado

Photographer Sebastião Salgado cares deeply about people, a quality that has led Salgado to document some of the most extreme horrors of human experience—war, poverty, greed, famine, genocide, and disasters. A new documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, aptly titled The Salt of the Earth, takes Salgado as its subject, and his deep concern for…

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Present Yet Not Present, at Tempus Projects in Tampa

To be sure, “Darkness Invisible,” a group exhibition on view at Tampa’s Tempus Projects through May 1, is squarely centered on the figure. However, proper portraits and straightforward physical depictions are noticeably absent. As a point of departure, artist curators Justin Bryan Nelson and Tracy Midulla Reller cite a Victorian photography technique known as the…

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Free Associations In A Collector’s Cache at the Nasher @ Duke

Works of contemporary art rarely come with instruction manuals, though many viewers would probably benefit from just such a set of directions. By adopting the phrase, “open this end” as its title, this timely and thoughtful exhibition seems to be offering an entry point to the contemporary art of the past five decades. But the…

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Nari Ward’s “So-Called” at SCAD Museum of Art

Artist Nari Ward is known for transforming found and discarded objects into mysterious, allusive sculptures and installations. His work often has sociopolitical overtones, percolating with questions about race, police brutality, immigration, and authority. Filtered through Ward’s fertile and poetic imagination, anger and uncertainty unfold to reveal the existence of other possibilities, such as hope and…

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Hold Still: “Pause” & Portraiture at the Zuckerman

The exhibition “Pause,” at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University through June 6, takes a multidisciplinary look at some of the most fundamental of human refusals to accept the order of nature. Change is inevitable; growth and decay are built into the natural condition. Human beings, however, have sought to stop time…

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“Zones of Contention: After the Green Line,” at the Weatherspoon

One can only imagine the anxiety involved in organizing an exhibition that responds to the endlessly complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That said, Xandra Eden thoughtfully curated “Zones of Contention: After the Green Line” for the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Because each of the seven artists is somehow personally connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, their…

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John Harlan Norris at Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock

In public, momentary eye contact and passing glances is acceptable; anything longer becomes an uncomfortable stare. And yet to be complete a face requires that it be read. When looking at portrait painting, there is freedom to scrutinize a face. John Harlan Norris has elected to obscure the facial features in his portraits on view in…

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Transcending Signifiers in “Identified: A Queer Variety Show”

“Identified: A Queer Variety Show,” which played at 7 Stages Theatre February 26-28, took an innovative approach to discussing what it means to be queer, Southern, and an artist. This show captured universally understandable experiences of queer Southerners—loving the wrong people, trying to be someone you’re not, etc.—and presented them to a general audience. Performers Corian Ellisor…

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200 Words: Sarah Hobbs at the Carson McCullers Center in Columbus

Artist Sarah Hobbs often employs photography to document her installations and arrangements of objects. Recently, she deviated from this practice by staging an installation that was viewed on-site. “Flight in Place” was on view March 16-21 in the Carson McCullers Center in Columbus, Georgia [open this week by appointment]. The center is in McCullers’s former…

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BURNAWAY’s Random and Biased Guide to the ATL Film Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival has begun! BURNAWAY is here to help you navigate the offerings. In addition to the biggies already getting tons of press, there are a number of notable films and series worth checking out. We handpicked the films below for their art or geographical interest, plus a handful just for kicks. If you’re not one of the…

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Seriously Funny: “Pratfall Tramps” at ACAC

Life is a series of painful and humiliating failures, and pratfall comedy thrives on this fact. Charlie Chaplin’s struggles with a world of brutal machinery and Lucille Ball’s frantic workplace mishaps are exaggerated mirrors of our own. The challenge is to find the exact point where the audience’s wince veera into laughter. The four women…

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Charlie Lucas Is In Transition at MINT

As I entered Charlie Lucas’s exhibition “In Transition,” on view at MINT through March 22, I was drawn by the work titled Hot Chili Pepper, a rusted green vase topped with a hodgepodge of intertwined scrap metal and plastic chili peppers. It’s playful and endearing. Most of the works in this exhibition are light-hearted, but that doesn’t mean…

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“Loving After Lifetimes of All This” at Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

“Loving After Lifetimes of All This,” an exhibition at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, North Carolina, includes works by a dozen artists and cooperatives that straddle the lines between contemporary fine art installation, craft, and social practice work. The show’s enigmatic title reflects its themes, which explore the intersection of self-care,…

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New Film Follows the Making of a Ballet

Ballet 422 is filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes’s documentary examining the two-month process of young New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Justin Peck as he creates a new ballet, the company’s 422nd. Premiering in Atlanta on March 13 at Midtown Art Cinemas, the film samples scenes from the various steps of creation, from inception to performance, giving…

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“Area 919″ Surveys Artists in the Triangle, at the Nasher at Duke

The idea for the exhibition “Area 919,” currently at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, came about over the course of a series of museum, studio, and gallery visits arranged to introduce curator Marshall Price to the area after he relocated from New York City. What resulted is a strong exhibition, organized by…

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Shifting and Subtlety: Pete Schulte at Whitespace

“Build a Fire,” Pete Schulte’s show at Whitespace, uses minimalist artwork with a spare palette to turn the rustic gallery into a space of pure light and shadow. The site-specific drawings and installations use the ever-changing ambient light to play with the viewer’s perception. After several site visits, Schulte, who lives in Tuscaloosa, produced drawings…