The South in focus
The High Museum of Art has announced that it has commissioned Martin Parr, Kael Alford and Shane Lavalette for its “Picturing the South” photography series. The High launched the series of photographs inspired by the American South in 1996. Seventy six new prints by Parr, Alford and Lavalette will be featured in a “Picturing the South” exhibition from June 9 to Sept. 2, alongside “Picturing New York” from New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
British photographer Parr focused on Atlanta’s urban setting. Alford captured communities in the marshlands of Louisiana facing rapid coastal erosion.Lavalette explored the relationship between traditional Southern music and the contemporary landscape.
A related exhibit, “Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley” also will be on view at the High, June 2-Oct. 14. As part of the “Picturing” commission series the Los Angeles photographer focused in 1998 on the ecological decay of a passage of Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, often referred to as Cancer Alley. Last year, the High encouraged him to return to the subject, and 21 large-scale prints that resulted will be installed at the High and become part of the museum’s permanent collection. www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Spruill crafts Family Day
Saturday is Family Day at Spruill Gallery’s Holiday Market 2011. From noon to 4 p.m. at the 19th century farmhouse, kids can make snow stars, dreidels and other crafts; artists will demonstrate; and parents can sample Schakolad chocolates and watch Blend Custom Parfum Studio mix things up. Free. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-394-4019, www.spruillgallery.blogspot.com. HOWARD POUSNER