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High to debut Peter Sekaer photography exhibition in 2010

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"Phrenologist's Window" was shot in New Orleans in 1936. It will be in the High's Sekaer exhibit.

The High Museum of Art announced today it will debut the first major exhibition of work by photographer Peter Sekaer in June 2010.

The exhibition “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer,” will be on view from June 5, 2010, to January 9, 2011, and is organized by the High from pieces new to the permanent collection and loans from other collections and the artist’s estate. It will show about 75 vintage gelatin silver prints, including some that have never been on public view.

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Sekaer photographed this farmer in Dalton in 1935 or 1936.

A High press release said the photographs were shot from 1935 to 1945 and document the effects of the Great Depression.

A 1982 New York Times article about a show featuring Sekaer’s work called him “a fine photographer but not a famous one.” Sekaer photographed for government agencies like the Rural Electrification Administration and the United …

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New photo exhibit at Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

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These photos by Stanley Tretick are in the "Bobby, Martin and John" exhibit. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

A new exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site follows the lives of King, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy with their families, at protests , at campaign stops — all in photos.

Each of the 150-some images in “Bobby, Martin and John: Once Upon an American Dream,” was shot by photographer Stanley Tretick. He’s the man behind the iconic photos of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s son peeking out from beneath his father’s desk in the Oval Office, which is included in the exhibition. There are contact sheets featuring King, and images from the hotel suite where Robert F. Kennedy waited for election returns the night he was assassinated.

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"Bobby Martin and John" at the King Historic Site.

The exhibition is both art and history, revealing telling moments in the lives of three leaders of the 1960s and the changes, too, in photojournalism and how politicians are …

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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Martin Luther King Jr. home

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There are free, half-hour National Park Service-run tours of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home on Auburn Avenue every day. Nearby, the National Historic Site and King Center round out the tour experience. AJC file photo

Yesterday’s historic home tour took us to Bulloch Hall in Roswell. Today, we’re continuing our list of holiday stops with the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home. You can see more photos of the home in this photo gallery from a tour led by King’s sister, Christine King Farris.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home

History: The Auburn Avenue birth home of  Martin Luther King Jr. reveals how he grew from a bright young boy into a civil rights leader. It’s the jewel of a neighborhood that also features more National Park Service-owned historic buildings, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the King Center.

Highlights:

  • Every guide has a different way of telling stories and a different connection to the house. The Rev. G.H. Williams was among the …

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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Bulloch Hall

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Bulloch Hall in Roswell is used these days for education, preservation and events like festival and quilt shows. AJC file photo

Out-of-town family and friends should soon arrive at your house for ye olde holiday visit, and the age-old question remains: What to do with them? Even for the ones you’re sincerely happy to host, this can be tough.

AJCer Howard Pousner and I had an idea: get out of the house and take them to someone else’s — one of Atlanta’s historic homes, some of which already have halls beautifully decked for the season. They can learn something about the way our fine burg was back when chestnuts really did roast on an open fire. Life their  spirits with garland, candlelight and other seasonal decoration done by folks with a true talent for making things pretty. (Not that we’re not suggesting you’re something short of Martha Stewart; no, we’d never.)

Howard will start us off with a tour he took up in Roswell.

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History: The Greek Revival home of one of …

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Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is free today

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A snapshot from inside the Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. You can visit it free Nov. 14. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

The Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame opens today with no ball in play, but free admission and free tours for all the off-season stats ‘n’ history geeks having baseball withdrawal.

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Carpeting designed for major league ball clubs and 7-year-old's dream rooms.

I took the tour earlier this week with guide Dave Barrett, known henceforth as Dave. He gamely led me around the park despite the cold, rain and me being the only one there to visit.

Here are a few tidbits that others may know, but seemed like grand trivia to me.

  • The Turner Field gates are connected by columns. They made up the edge of the track and field facility for the 1996 Olympics, before it was converted to a baseball stadium.
  • The hybrid Bermuda stays green all year and gets cut once a day. “Grows by the inch, killed by the foot,” so they say. Good thing there’s an empty section in the …

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‘Nature Unleashed’ coming to Fernbank Museum in 2010

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The eruption of Mount St. Helens on July 22, 1980, showing an elutriate cloud from pyroclastic flow rising through cloud layer. USGS photo by Jim Vallance, provided by the Field Museum.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History announced today a new exhibition that explores natural disasters through images, animation and artifacts.

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters,” will run Feb. 6 through May 2, 2010. It was organized and developed by The Field Museum in Chicago. I recommend poking through the Field Museum’s exhibition site — it offers a lot of detail about what they included in terms of hands-on experiences and hands-off artifacts. Fernbank will also show the IMAX film, “Forces of Nature,” while the exhibition runs.

The exhibit delves into earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes. Here’s the description from the press release:

Museum visitors can witness what it’s like to stand inside a roaring tornado; trigger an underwater earthquake and simulate a tsunami; …

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PHOTOS: Atlanta History Center’s Day of the Dead

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Amanda Gonzalez, 6, and other dancers got a lesson from SalsAtlanta instructors during Atlanta History Center's Dia de los Muertos celebration. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

I hate driving and I really hate sitting in traffic, but it bothered me less on Sunday because I was in a line of cars waiting to get into the Atlanta History Center for its Day of the Dead celebration.

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Sugar skulls. Not surprisingly, popular with the kids.

It was a free day of learning, dancing, singing, art and history. Vendors sold pan de muerto, tamales, tacos, churros, but the longest lines were for corn quesadillas in blue corn tortillas. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor festival and, again — free history! Here are even more photos.

This was a one-day celebration, but the History Center’s  photography exhibit, “Through the Lens of Mundo Hispanico: Georgia’s Hispanic Community,” continues through Jan. 3.

Want to go? Atlanta History Center, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. …

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Access Points 14: SunTrust model in High’s Portman exhibit

See something familiar in this week’s Access Points photo game?
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Readers Steve and Luis were on to something in those first guesses — it’s a model in the High Museum’s John Portman exhibit. But even if you hadn’t seen the model of our city in the “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” some of you might have recognized the distinct tip of SunTrust Plaza in Midtown.

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SunTrust Plaza. AJC file photo

It is among Atlanta’s tallest buildings and remains one of its most distinctive, with a busy streetscape at the base and a recognizable crown. The best view of many of Portman’s buildings is on the inside, but the exterior of SunTrust Plaza makes it stand out on the ground and in the skyline.

It’s 1.6 million square feet, 60 stories and has a tenant list including SunTrust Banks, lawyers and dentists. In the past, it held  a Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia gallery.

When the building opened in 1992, it wasn’t SunTrust Plaza, but One Peachtree Center. A December 1992 review by critic

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Should the Georgia Music Hall of Fame move to Atlanta?

Today was the deadline for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to have raised $225,000 or close its doors.

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Inside the Music Hall of Fame in 1996, when it opened. AJC file photo

The Macon museum will stay open for now — the deadline to raise money and plan for the future was extended to Dec. 2, when the state board that oversees the hall was rescheduled to meet.

Executive director Lisa Love said in an AJC interview that she’s “very positive,” but didn’t say how much money has been raised.

There’s a lot of  of energy going into keeping the museum open, from benefit concerts to dog treat sales, and to keeping the hall in Macon. An Allman Brothers museum set to open in December could increase visits, and a proposed hotel-motel tax in Bibb County would go toward the hall and other Macon attractions.

But none of this has stopped talk of moving the museum to Atlanta.

Should the Georgia Music Hall of Fame move to Atlanta?

  • No! Leave it in Macon.
  • Yes! It’ll be better off in the …

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What’s in store for the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site?

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U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, left, bumped fists outside a house just down the street from the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home. Federal stimulus money will go toward stabilizing the house. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

AJCer Rosalind Bentley talked with Judy Forte, superintendent of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, for a Q&A that ran Sunday.

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Judy Forte

Every time I’m there, it’s packed with field trip students, out-of-town visitors and adult locals inevitably returning after years without seeing the exhibits, rose garden or birth home tour.

In this interview, they talked about the park service gradually taking over more property around the King birth home, and stimulus money that will go toward stabilizing the home pictured above — all of which could improve the visitor experience.

There’s also some talk about how the historic site, King Center and the new Center for Civil and Human Rights might fit together.

Q: Under your administration, have you explored …

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