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Culture notes: City to dedicate Freedom Park public art; photo ‘Crusade’ benefit; Kahlo-Rivera designers to speak; Parks show closing

City to dedicate Freedom Park public art

“Tree of Life,” a sculpture by Mexico City artist Yvonne Domenge, will be dedicated into the City of Atlanta Public Art Collection at its new site in Freedom Park at 4 p.m. March 20.

Located along North Avenue east of Oakdale Road, the bright red work features an abstracted 16-foot-tall “tree” and a pair of companion “seeds” (4-by-3-foot orange pods).

The grouping was part of a public art exhibition, “Interconnected,” in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The artist then decided to donate the six objects to cities across the U.S. Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs submitted a proposal that brings Domenge’s related trio to Freedom Park.

The artist will speak at the free ceremony, as will Mayor Kasim Reed and other city officials. Domenge also will give a free lecture on her public art practice and process at 6 p.m. March 20 at the High Museum of Art’s Hill Auditorium. 404-546-6788,

Benefit fuels a ‘passion project’

In early April, Atlanta photography dealer Jennifer Schwartz will set off on a 10-city Crusade for Collecting tour aimed at creating new patrons for the art form. But first Schwartz needs to raise the last bit of gas money for her gallery-on-wheels, the 1977 VW bus she named Lady Blue, purchased through a Kickstarter campaign.

That’s the set-up for the “Walk Away With Art” benefit event, 7-10 p.m. March 27 at the W Atlanta — Midtown’s 27th floor Altitude Ballroom, where 50 guests will draw numbers to determine the order in which they get to choose one of 50 original works contributed by 10 photographers to take home.

Guests also can enjoy complimentary cocktails, music by a DJ and a silent auction of artwork and artful experiences. Tickets are $100 ($125 couple) via “Supporter tickets,” $25, also will be available for those who want to enjoy the event.

In a promotional video on YouTube, Schwartz calls the crusade “a passion project about art and artists. It’s about getting people excited and interested and wanting to love and support and patronize and buy original art.”

Accompanied at different times by different photographers, Schwartz will give away photos to folks who engage in conversation with them about the art and the art of collecting.

Information: 404-885-1080,

Mexican designers from Kahlo-Rivera show to speak

The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit on view at the High Museum of Art gives viewers a sense of artistic movements popular in Mexico in the early 20th century. But what about Mexican art now?

At least one answer takes the form of two reading rooms along the perimeter of the exhibit, one bright red, the other yellow.

At 7 p.m. Thursday at the High, Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, the designers of those two rooms and co-founders of the design firm THiNC, will give a free talk about what it means to be a Mexican artist today.

Esrawe is an industrial and product designer inspired by traditional folk art. Cadena’s work is largely influenced by everyday objects and environments. Sarah Schleuning, High decorative arts and design curator and Elena Mallet, consulting curator for MoMa’s “Destination: Mexico” will lead the discussion. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, ROSALIND BENTLEY

Parks film to help close photography show

It’s the finals days of the Gordon Parks’ “Segregation Series” exhibit at the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta’s Cascade neighborhood. The show enters on Parks’ documentation of the dire lives of Alabama sharecroppers in 1957. The series was an assignment from Life magazine, for which Parks’ was a long-time photographer. But a number of those pictures were never published and they are on view in this show, which also includes other iconic photographs from the late artist.

At the closing reception, 6-9 p.m. March 29, the gallery will screen the Parks-directed “The Learning Tree.” And it’s a rare chance to see his mastery of both still and moving pictures in one venue. 4600 Cascade Road S.W. 404-333-0312, ROSALIND BENTLEY

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