Catching up on two news items from late last week …
Lyle Ashton Harris wins Driskell Prize
The High Museum of Art named artist Lyle Ashton Harris as 2014’s recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. Harris is the 10th to receive the annual prize, which honors contributions to African-American art and art history.
Harris has a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media and collage to installation and performance. His works were previously on view in the Atlanta metro area in his spring 2013 exhibition “Accra My Love” at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Horodner leaving ACAC for Kentucky
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s artistic director, Stuart Horodner, has announced his departure to become director of the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky in June.
Last year Horodner helped oversee a renovation and expansion of the Contemporary, and the return of its popular annual fundraiser, the Art Party. A search for his replacement
Exhibit on genius of everyday design
Paper clips. Corkscrews. Umbrellas. Egg cartons. Light bulbs. Zippers.
Ho-hum, you might say.
But the Museum of Design Atlanta is treating these mundane things as nothing short of heroic in the exhibition “Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things.”
MODA, the Southeast’s only museum focused on design in its many forms, is hosting the touring exhibit that conveys the design stories behind 36 classic objects that have, in their own humble fashion, revolutionized the way we live.
Here’s a digital gallery of some of the items whose development is explained in the show.
Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, it will remain on view through May 11.
MODA hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. $10; $8 seniors, military and educators; $5 ages 6-17 and college students. 404-979-6455, www. museumofdesign.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Julliard-trained Brooklynite Simone Dinnerstein, a classical pianist, and North Carolina-raised singer-songwriter Tift Merritt would seem on the surface to have little in common.
Yet on one of last year’s more unexpected and category-defying CDs, “Night,” they artfully bridged disparate musical worlds. One critic called the album a “triumph of critical risk”; others praised its introspective late-night vibe.
Dinnerstein and Merritt bring their collaboration to Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center on Feb. 21, capping the school’s three-evening Festival of New Music (details: www.kennesaw.edu/newmusicfestival).
The musicians met in 2008 when they were set up for an interview for Gramophone magazine and Merritt’s own public radio show “The Spark with Tift Merritt.” They quickly realized they shared a passion for music and performance, and, in 2010, began playing and honing the “song cycle” that became “Night.”
The CD includes several
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Principal dancer Alicia Graf Mack from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre took it as a bad omen when she hit a Midtown grocery store Monday and found it “ransacked.”
The 30 dancers, plus 20 crew members and staffers for the famed New York dance troupe heard there might be bad weather before leaving Washington for their annual stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
Atlanta’s weather “event” has played havoc with the schedules of the Ailey dancers, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Big Apple circuses, the Alliance Theatre, and other touring and hometown troupes.
The Ailey troupe canceled a school matinee performance Thursday, and that evening’s opening program was hastily rescheduled for Sunday night. In six years with the company, Mack can remember one or two cancellations.
“We were kind of bummed,” Mack said. “Knowing we won’t perform until Friday, I think it’s going to
This just in from Atlanta Ballet …
Due to inclement weather, Atlanta Ballet has canceled the Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 8 p.m. performance of “Roméo et Juliette” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Atlanta Ballet will resume performances on Friday, Feb. 14.
Message to Patrons:
For patrons that purchased tickets for this performance from Atlanta Ballet’s Box Office or atlantaballet.com:
To exchange into the Friday, February 14 or Saturday, February 15 performances of Roméo et Juliette at 8 p.m., please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately with your name, phone number, and patron ID number (if available).
To exchange into a different show this season or address other concerns, please email email@example.com next week, February 18-22, with your name, phone number, and patron ID number (if available).
For patrons that purchased tickets from Ticketmaster or Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre:
Please return to the place of purchase to initiate an
By Rosalind Bentley / firstname.lastname@example.org
From his early works until now, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou has always explored the intersection of hip-hop culture and fine art.
And as guest editor of the current “Art x Hip Hop” issue of Art Papers magazine, Pecou has brought together some of the nation’s up-and-coming artists, scholars and MCs to explore topics from appropriation of black style to a meditation on rapper Kendrick Lamar. On Feb. 24, Pecou expands the “Art Papers” project with “InterSessions: ArtxHip-Hop Dialogues,” a conversation between rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) and Michael Rooks, High Museum curator of modern and contemporary art. It’s the first of a series, moderated by Pecou, that will bring together some of Atlanta’s top hip-hop artists and notable arts figures. It is free, though tickets are limited.
The inaugural event, which was sold out, was postponed by Atlanta’s SnowJam a couple of weeks ago. It was to have happened just days
By Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Film Festival has released a list of 15 documentaries that will be shown during this year’s cinema extravaganza, March 26-April 6 at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.
Two of the 15 films are products of Georgia filmmakers: “Limo Ride” and “Mayan Blue.”
Here is a listing of the 15, constituting a sampling of the fest’s documentaries, with descriptions provided by the festival…
“15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story,” directed by Nadine Pequeneza
Kenneth Young, the product of a drug-infested community, is seeking a second chance at life in one of the most punitive states in the country. Until 2010, Kenneth believed he would die in a Florida prison. The U.S. Supreme Court’s banning of mandatory life sentences for juveniles has impacted more than 2,300 inmates who were sentenced as children. Kenneth now has a chance to prove his rehabilitation through a powerful testament of a child’s remarkable capacity for change.
“120 Days,” directed
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Here’s a quick look at four art exhibits opening Saturday (Feb. 8):
Self-storage units harbor artful compulsions
Atlanta artist Sarah Hobbs, who transformed three W Atlanta-Midtown hotel rooms into a site-specific installation on travelers’ phobias and worries in late 2012, is back at it. Her installation “Repository” will open 4-6 p.m. Saturday in four units at 14th Street Self Storage.
The installation further explores human obsessiveness. This time, according to presenter Solomon Projects, it’s “the concept of individuals creating a completely private space for themselves within a public facility in order to house a compulsion, difficult aspect of their life, or a surreptitious sanctuary.”
Viewing hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Feb. 22. 151 14th St. N.W., Atlanta. Free. www.facebook.com/SolomonProjects.
Two Atlanta artists in High spotlight
The High Museum of Art will open two exhibits by Atlanta
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
ArtWorks! Gwinnett, a non-profit arts organization encouraging Gwinnett County’s arts infrastructure, held its third annual Fusion Art Awards ceremony on Monday. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre not only hosted the awards and provided some of the evening’s entertainment, but also was a recipient. The list…
Fusion Awards 2014 winners
Lifetime Achievement Award: Caryn McGarity
Vision Award: Nancy Harris
Arts Educator of the Year: Clayborn Knight
Arts Volunteer of the Year:Linda Murphy
Corporate Arts Citizen, Individual: Lisa Anders
Corporate Arts Citizen, Organization: Peach State Federal Credit Union – Marshall Boutwell
Community Impact, Community Partnership: Barefoot in the Park
Community Impact, Arts Leader: Suwanee Public Arts Commission
Community Impact, Community Arts Program: Gwinnett County Public Library “Pulp Art” exhibit
Community Impact, Creative Business: Sign Creations
Community Impact, Literary Artist: Chanda
Here is the Atlanta Opera’s 2014-15 lineup, announced at a Tuesday evening reception. For the full AJC story, with quotes from the opera’s new chief Tomer Zvulun, go to bit.ly/LNnPbw (subscriber site):
“Choral Silver Celebration,” honoring chorus master Walter Huff’s 25th anniversary year, 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center.
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Nov. 14 , 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 3, 8 p.m. March 6, 3 p.m. March 8 at Cobb Energy.
Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” 8 p.m. April 4, 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 10, 3 p.m. April 12 at Cobb Energy.
“Three Decembers,” a chamber opera by American composer Jake Heggie, 8 p.m. May 15-16, 6 p.m. May 17 at a venue to be announced.