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July 27, 2020

By July 27, 2020
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (still) / © IDIOM Film, Courtesy RaMell Ross & Cinema Guild.

Adaptive Platforms for Artist Resilience — Tuesday, July 28, 4 – 5:30 pm EDT

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

Presented by Creative Capital, this conversation will explore ways in which artist-centered organizations are pivoting to accommodate artists’ needs during COVID and evolving in the process. Panelists will share what tactics they’ve used to maintain community and share resources through repurposing, expanding, and innovating their programs. Kyle Dacuyan will moderate the panel featuring Ali Rosa-Salas, Wes Taylor, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Reimagining the Museum: Open Letters and a Decolonial FrameworkTuesday, July 28, 8 – 9:30 pm EDT

Hammer Museum curator Erin Christovale moderates a conversation between artist Jasmine Gregory, LaStarsha McGarity, and Yesomi Umolu about cultural workers’ calls for an end to systematic racism, anti-blackness, and structural injustices within art institutions and museums across the nation. Artists, curators, educators, frontline staff, art conservators, and others are using public-facing strategies such as open letters to demand the resignation of leaders, defunding the police, diversification of staff and collections, and an overall acknowledgment of practices that uphold colonialism and white supremacy within art spaces.

PEN Emerging Voices 2020Wednesday, July 29, 8 – 9:30 pm EDT

Rafael Soldi: A body in transit is now on view at the Frost Museum, Miami through December 4

Writers Damien Belliveau, Megan Dorame, Shannon Gatewood, M. Kiguwa, and Claire Lin read together for the last time as the culmination of their 2020 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship, a literary mentorship based in Los Angeles.

Screening: Hale County This Morning, This EveningThursday, July 30, 9:30 pm EDT

This outdoor screening at Hi-Lo Press in Atlanta features Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018), a lyrical documentary portrait of Black life in rural Alabama by artist and filmmaker RaMell Ross. Weekly outdoor screenings of films by Black filmmakers are scheduled at Hi-Lo Press through September.

Death to MuseumsSaturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, 1 – 4:30 pm EDT

This two-day online conference marks the inaugural event hosted by Death to Museums, a new monthly dialogue series for early-career museum workers. Each day features presentations on wide-ranging topics, all with the goal of challenging oppressive museum practices and re-evisioning them anew.

Artists Centering AccessTuesday, August 4, 4 – 5:30 pm EDT

In this conversation, a group of artists, event programmers, and designers will talk about what it means to center access in creative encounters both in-person and online. The panel will explore how disability intersects with user experience and design, and the larger role that access plays in movements towards social justice.

B20: Wiregrass BiennialOngoing

B20: Wiregrass Biennial showcases the South’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the region’s rich cultural heritage. The juried exhibition at Alabama’s Wiregrass Museum of Art encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a variety of art forms and mediums, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, new media and installation art. This year’s show features thirty-nine artists from eleven states.

See the To Do List featuring ongoing exhibitions, online tours, and other virtual programs here.

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