Contemporary opens two shows Friday
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center swings into fall 6-9 p.m. Friday with two exhibits opening (the group show “Sex Drive” and “Mike Howard: Good Ole Boy,” paintings by the Alabama artist who made his mark in New York’s East Village in the 1980s), open artist studios and a courtyard party with food and drink. $5; students and seniors, $3. 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Art of abolition at AUC’s Woodruff Library
The Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library has opened the exhibition “Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown.”
It puts into an art historical context Lawrence’s 1941 series “The Legend of John Brown,” a suite of 22 silkscreens inspired by abolitionist Brown’s historic raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., in 1859 that many historians believe led to secession and the Civil War.
The display panels provide a descriptive overview of Lawrence’s life and work as well as of Brown’s life and involvement in the struggle to end slavery in the United States.
Complementing the display are Brown publications and correspondence.
The exhibit is open through Oct. 31 but it’s best to call ahead to check library hours (subject to change because of midterms): 404-978-2052. Tours of the exhibit are available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-978-2067.
The library is at 111 James P. Brawley Drive S.W., Atlanta. More information: research.auctr.edu/jacoblawrence. HOWARD POUSNER
Prints in Athens by way of Nashville
The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens is hosting an exhibit with twang, “American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print,” posters from the famed Nashville letterpress print shop, one of the oldest in the nation.
More than 120 historical and contemporary posters, some advertising Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley concerts and the Grand Ole Opry, as well as hand-carved printing blocks, will be on view through Nov. 6. On the University of Georgia’s East Campus at 90 Carlton St., Athens. 706-542-4662, www.georgiamuseum.org. HOWARD POUSNER