BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Henri Jova, the Atlanta architect who died in January at age 94, left a major imprint on the city.
The former Jova/Daniels/Busby chairman, a jaunty modernist whose work was girded in reverence for the classical, will be honored in a memorial celebration at 5 p.m. April 3 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
His and his firm’s diverse credits include Colony Square, the Carter Presidential Library, the circular, space-age-styled bank branch-turned-restaurant (formerly Piebar and soon to be Cirque) hard by I-85 at Monroe Drive, additions for the Temple and and Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a new sanctuary for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. He also designed the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.
To give a flavor of the architect’s inspiring career, here are excerpts on three notable projects from David Rinehart’s 2009 book “Henri Jova, A Classical Intermezzo: An Architect’s Life” (Atlanta History Center,
BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area’s only professional musical theater company, has announced a five-show lineup for the 2014-15 season, its 35th.
The musicals it will mount at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta are “Cats,” “Chicago,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Damn Yankees” and “Barnum.” “Catch Me,” based on the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, will be a regional premiere.
The 2014-15 season will be the Lyric’s second in the 600-seat Anderson Theatre after five years at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, where capacity was roughly 100 less. Cobb Civic Center is less than two miles from the Marietta Square, home to the historic Strand.
Artistic director and general manager Brandt Blocker told the AJC that the move, made after extended negotiations with the Strand stalled, has been a “blessing” for the troupe.
“We are often playing to capacity crowds,” Blocker said. “Audiences have commented how much better the
By HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Atlanta Ballet is announcing its 2014-15 season at a luncheon today, but the AJC has the advance scoop on the lineup.
It’s highlighted by three new works: the world premiere of an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “Camino Real” by resident choreographer Helen Pickett; and Atlanta premieres of “Classical Symphony” by Russian-born San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov and “Cacti” by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman.
Plus three very recent hits are being brought back for encores.
The schedule is below, but read the context, including thoughts from Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall, at myajc.com (paid subscriber site).
ATLANTA BALLET’S 2014-15 LINEUP
Dec. 11-28: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 6-14, 2015: “Romeo et Juliette” (with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra)
Feb. 14-15, 2015: One-hour family performance by Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble
March 20-22, 2015:
W invites art into Living Room
The W Atlanta – Midtown will host its second free “Locals We Love” art event from 7 to 10 tonight[3/27] in its Living Room bar. Romy Maloon and David Batterman, artists with Atlanta’s Dashboard Co-op, will present installations; DJ Tim DeGroot will spin tunes; and there will be appetizers and cocktail specials. 188 14th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-724-2559 , watlantamidtown.com. HOWARD POUSNER
Sketchbook Project to visit Goat Farm
It looks like a food truck, but instead contains sketchbooks. Thousands of them from around the globe.
The Sketchbook Project’s Mobile Library will be stopping the Goat Farm arts center, and you can check out its content for free, 4-8 p.m. March 29 and noon-4 p.m. March 30.
Here’s a bit of background from tour organizer the Brooklyn Art Library, which has collected and cataloged 35,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries: “The Sketchbook Project has acted as an outlet for artists to share their stories
Georgia Museum revisits ‘Art Interrupted’
The installation, deinstallation and reinstallation this month of Ruth Stanford’s art work on the controversial legacy of author Corra Mae Harris at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art has focused attention on the matters of artistic expression and censorship.
A major exhibit at the University of Georgia’s Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,” reunites works that also brushed up against these issues in the years following World War II.
In 1946, the U.S. Department of State launched a cultural diplomacy program that included an initiative known as Advancing American Art. It called for the acquisition of modernist paintings by contemporary American artists with the intention of exhibiting the works through Latin American republics, Eastern Europe and Asia. Its objective was to showcase the freedom of expression enjoyed by
BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Atlanta Ballet, which has increasingly blended bold contemporary choreography with classical dance in recent seasons, appears primed to take a leap of even greater boldness during this weekend’s “Modern Choreographic Voices” program.
Several male and female performers briefly will appear nude during portions of the final of three dances on the program, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s “Secus.”
“Secus” will feature momentary frontal nudity by two male dancers and one female dancer as well as rear nudity by three female performers. With their costumes pulled down, they will be positioned on stage at an angle that should obscure at least frontal private parts, according to a ballet spokesperson.
“Modern Choreographic Voices,” also featuring dances by Alexei Ratmansky and Tara Lee, is to be performed four times Friday through Sunday at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
The ballet’s web site includes this warning: “Parental discretion is
BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
Aurora Theatre is mourning the death of founding board member Cynthia Sutt, whom the Lawrenceville troupe honored earlier this week.
Cindy Sutt, who with her husband Randy Sutt ran Rock, Paper, Scissors, a creative communications group, passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer.
Aurora had honored her and husband with “The Barbara,” the theater’s highest honor in an annual benefit Monday night.
“Words cannot express the sadness being felt by Aurora Theatre,” said a release emailed late Wednesday.
The statement credited the Sutts with contributions that went way beyond funding.
“Cindy and Randy designed and built almost every show from 1999-2005,” it said. “As Aurora grew, their firm provided pro-bono graphic design services for a full 14 years… When Aurora Theatre expanded to their home on the square in downtown Lawrenceville, the Sutt family made significant capital campaign contributions that helped propel Aurora into a regional, and now
The U.K. newspaper and website the Guardian published a travel story today detailing Atlanta’s top 10 galleries, art attractions and events.
Written by Atlantan Caroline Cox, an editor with city magazine publisher Modern Luxury and the website CommonCreativ, the story’s hip, upbeat tone is captured in its second headline: “From cutting-edge street art to community-inspired and public-transport projects, the arts scene in Atlanta is thriving.”
Cox’s Top 10 skews toward the young, the emerging and intown. Her picks:
BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
As home to a growing number of creative types — from artists to architects and designers to indie crafters — Atlanta would seem to offer a large potential audience for Austin Kleon.
Author of the new book “Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered,” Kleon will make a Georgia Center for the Book appearance at Decatur Library on March 28.
“In order to be found, you have to be findable,” says Kleon, who gave a keynote address at the recent South By Southwest Interactive Festival (a cousin of the music fest) in Austin, Texas, where he lives.
Published this month, “Show Your Work” (Workman, $11.95) is pitched as a “practical and inspirational manifesto” for artists or entrepreneurs seeking success in the digital age.
Filled with illustrations and advice, the quick-read from the author of “Steal Like an Artist” (in which he advised readers how to unlock their creativity) preaches 10 simple principles for getting
BY HOWARD POUSNER / ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Hot on the heels of Kennesaw State University’s decision to reinstall Ruth Stanford’s art installation at its Zuckerman Museum of Art, leaders of KSU’s President’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Dialogue have released a letter supporting the KSU president’s original decision to remove it.
The letter by professors Jesse Benjamin, Judy Allen and Ernesto Silva does not call for a ban of Stanford’s work, ”A Walk in the Valley,” concerning the controversial legacy of the late author Corra Mae Harris.
Instead, the letter was written “in the spirit of dialogue and deeper understanding and reconciliation,” according to Jesse Benjamin, coordinator of KSU’s African and African Diaspora Studies.
“While the conversation in the media has so far focused almost exclusively on the issue of artistic freedom and censorship, we wanted to add our voices and suggest that another side of the story has not yet been told, and needs to be,” the