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Culture notes: Spelman Museum targets 15 artists; MOCA GA collection showcased at High Museum

Spelman Museum targets 15 artists

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, which focuses on art by and about women of the African diaspora, is making a strong push to enhance its permanent collection.

The museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a public launch party for its “15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative” at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. The result of a yearlong planning process, the initiative has pinpointed notable works by 15 black women artists that the museum hopes to acquire.

A number of pieces on the wish list will be included in the “15 x 15: The 15th Anniversary Acquisitions Exhibition,” opening Sept. 8 for a run through Dec. 3.

They will be shown alongside works by celebrated artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Hale Woodruff that long have been in Spelman’s collection.

Spelman refers to the contemporary artists selected for acquisition as “The Fifteen.” They are: Sheila Pree Bright, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Myra Greene, the husband-wife team that creates under the name IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Lauren Kelley, Marcia Kure, the collaborative artist team Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Lorraine O’Grady, Howardena Pindell, Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems.

The museum’s fund-raising goal is just over $200,000, which may not seem tremendous given that the high profile of those selected. “We were fortunate in that the artists have been generous and have provided discounts to the museum because they wanted to support the acquisitions initiative,” Spelman spokeswoman Audrey Arthur said.

The museum is at 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta. 404-270-5607, HOWARD POUSNER

MOCA GA collection showcased at High Museum
“Trading Places, Part 1: Selected Works from the MOCA GA Collection,” featuring drawings and paintings by 22 Georgia artists represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, opened Sept. 3 at the High Museum of Art. Artists exhibited include Larry Walker, Kojo Griffin, Rocio Rodriguez and the late Nellie Mae Rowe and Bennie Andrews.

The run is through Feb. 5. Information: HOWARD POUSNER

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