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Staff Picks: August 17, 2020

Nikita Gale. Installation view of Stylized Affection, 2016, at UCLA Open Studios. Gale is one of twenty artists included in She is Here, opening this week at Atlanta Contemporary. Image: Art21.

Reading Series: HERD MUSICTuesday, August 18, 7 pm EDT

HERD MUSIC, the online reading series of Columbia’s Writing Program, is hosting its thirteenth and final installment. Current students Sia Shin and Aaron H. Aceves will be joined by alumni, including Atlanta-based writer Nicholas Goodly. Alumna and Poetry faculty member Camille Rankine, author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, will also present.  

Register in advance here


Panel Discussion: Film Roundtable — Wednesday, August 19, 3 pm EDT

This virtual panel presented by Film Roundtable and Bridget Donahue Gallery will feature filmmakers Jenn Nkiru and Terence Nance and artist and conceptual entrepreneur Martine Syms, moderated by producer Tamir Mohammed. The conversation will center their filmmaking process and how they each take their own holistic approach to their life, art, and wellness amidst a COVID pandemic.  

Join Zoom Meeting here


Opening: here. there. everywhere. and A Different World at MINT, AtlantaSaturday, August 22, 11 am EDT

While observing safety precautions, MINT is safely opening two shows for the fall—here. there. everywhere., guest curated by Sierra King, and A Different World, the Summer 2020 intern show. The former is a multidimensional portrait of the journey towards Black Futurity that Black Women across the African Diaspora have been pursuing in the name of freedom through artists including Jazmine Hayes  and Toya Beacham. The latter is meant to consider the powerful role of vision and perception as one seeks truth beyond the tangible. The six women artists included in A Different World investigates the results of exploring art’s response to recent developments in science, religion, political and social reform, and identity.

Reserve a ticket here.


Opening: She Is Here at Atlanta ContemporarySaturday, August 22, 12 noon EDT

Atlanta Contemporary presents She Is Here, an exhibition celebrating 20 twenty multigenerational, multicultural, and multidisciplinary female artists. who have participated in the Studio Artist Program at the museum since its founding in 2001.  Participating artists include Nikita Gale, Shara Hughes, Sarah Emerson, Jill Frank, Pam Longobardi, and In Kyoung Chun, among others. The exhibition is co-curated by Daricia Mia DeMarr, founder of Black Women in Visual Art, and Kristin V. Cahill, curator at The Lola.

Learn more and pre-register here


Virtual Exhibition: Justin Lyon, Say It Ain’t So at Maune Contemporary, AtlantaOngoing

Justin Lyon’s solo exhibition Say It Ain’t So at Maune Contemporary showcases the painter’s narrative-based, street art style. His work is riddled with text, where words and letters are often crossed out revealing another clue or entryway into the artwork. 

Explore the exhibition here.


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