April 3, 2019

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This is the latest edition of BA’s digest of Southern contemporary art news-in-brief.  

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Hallie Ringle, curator at Birmingham Museum of Art, awarded Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship 

BIRMINGHAM— Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art Hallie Ringle has been awarded one of Andy Warhol Foundation’s twelve curatorial fellowships. With her fellowship she plans on producing a traveling exhibit and the first ever monograph of artist Mavis Pusey within a partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem. To produce the monograph, Ringle will travel to New York, London and Philadelphia to visit places where Pusey worked, lived and exhibited. 

AIR Serenbe announces new executive director Lucio Petroccione

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ATLANTA— After the departure of founding executive director Brandon Hinman, AIR Serenbe has announced that Lucio Petroccione will take over the responsibility beginning April 1st. Before taking over at AIR Serenbe, Lucio Petroccione held positions at Delta, the Woodruff Arts Center, and as COO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In a statement, Petroccione was quoted saying, “It’s an honor to lead an organization with a mission as important as AIR Serenbe’s, and I am excited to begin collaborating with such a talented staff and supporters.” AIR Serenbe is the non profit residency arm of the wellness community development Serenbe.

Art Institute of Chicago postpones major Native American exhibition over concerns of cultural insensitivity, weeks before opening

CHICAGO — Slated to open May 26th, “Worlds Within : Mimbres Pottery of the Ancient Southwest” has been postponed by museum officials. The exhibit, which was to focus on 70 ceramic pieces from about 1100 A.D. from the southwest part of what is now called New Mexico, had been concerning to Native Americans from the beginning. The Art Institute held a ‘scholars day’ for researchers and Indian community representatives to discuss the planned exhibition in December 2018. A major sticking point for those involved in the scholar’s day meeting was that a majority of the ceramics had been removed from graves. Patty Loew, director of Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, speaking to the Chicago Tribune said, “It’s not art. If someone dug up your great-grandmother’s grave and pulled out a wedding ring or something that had been buried with her, would you feel comfortable having that item on display?” James Rondeau, president and director of the Art Institute said, “I think our message is positive,” and, “I think this is: We’re trying our best and we need to do better. And I’m very eager to embrace a position of being perhaps in the forefront of saying that some of the points of reference here for how to deliver best practices, how to really create and speak within that ethical framework, that those paradigms are shifting and we need to shift with it.”

A new date for the exhibit has not been released.


Artists Ellie Dent and Alex Christopher Williams announce the Mast

ATLANTA —Atlanta artists Ellie Dent and Alex Christopher Williams have announced the opening of a new artist run gallery and print lab called Mast at 213 Mitchell Street. In a statement to BURNAWAY, artist Alex Christopher Williams said, “I am interested in bringing photographers who are making great work outside of the area to Atlanta as a way to strengthen and broaden the small photo community in the city. Ellie is in interested in showing emerging painters and sculptors in the Georgia region who have limited solo show experience. Alongside the gallery, we will also be running a flat file program, PechaKucha nights and visiting artist lectures.” The first exhibit will open April 11th from 6-10pm, featuring artists Katelyn Chapman and Jarrett Christian.

Flux Projects announces Ponce City Market as 2019 site

ATLANTA— Ponce City Market and Flux Projects have announced a partnership for the 2019 iteration of the public art spectacle. Spread across four days in September, the released statement said that there will be specific “focus times on each day and a schedule of events within those times” within Ponce City Market.  Former Atlanta artist and musician Ben Coleman will curate the project, focusing on sound based art and experimentation looking to “turn up the volume of the building”, using the natural sonic attributes within the brick structure. Calls for Concepts will be forthcoming.  

Mammal Gallery returns , sets sights on Spring 2020

ATLANTA — Two years after the tragic fire on Broad street that cost a man his life and  shuttered the remaining arts spaces on Broad — some, like Murmur and Broad Street Visitors Center, only temporarily — Mammal Gallery is planning on reopening its doors at The MET, about a mile from its original location. With expansive plans including a coffee shop / bar, recording studio and performance space, Brian Egan and Chris Yonker are hopeful Mammal will be hosting DIY artists, musicians and others by March 2020. Full buildout is expected to cost around 750,000$. When asked for comment, Brian Egan told BURNAWAY, “Mammal missed you Atlanta. Sorry we took a minute, but we are back! We are ready to bring the same love and energy that made Broad Street a haven for the arts to our new location, but we can’t do it without support from the community.”

Yanique Norman Studio, Atlanta, 2018

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to exhibit the work of Atlanta-based Yanique Norman at “NADA House” on Governer’s Island in New York City this May.

ATLANTA — After being accepted as the first Atlanta-based member of the New York-based non-profit New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) earlier this year, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center will participate in a Summer-long exhibition on Governor’s Island this May. Atlanta Contemporary’s curator, Daniel Fuller will be bringing the work of Yanique Norman, an Atlanta-based artist who has been on a meteoric clip of achievements for the past year including a 2018 Susan Antinori Visual Artist Grant from Idea Capital, a solo exhibition at Howard’s Athens last Fall, and inclusion in a recent group exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

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