Within the 23 years he has been concerned in Atlanta’s visible arts scene, Jamie Badoud, government director of The Hambidge Heart for the Artistic Arts and Sciences, says he hasn’t seen something like Atlanta Artwork Week earlier than. “Seeing what founder Kendra [Walker] has pulled off is thrilling. I used to be impressed final yr along with her capacity to corral the humanities neighborhood as a result of it’s like herding cats.”
Hambidge is one among greater than 40 arts organizations, galleries and museums taking part on this yr’s occasion October 2 by means of October 8. Hambidge’s annual public sale will happen September 23 by means of October 7 and can culminate with the efficiency get together on October 7.
“The maturity of the visible arts in Atlanta has an extended technique to go,” Badoud says. “What’s standing in the best way is publicity. We’ve seen what has occurred with music in Atlanta. I believe now could be the time to beat the drum for the visible arts.”
Walker, an artwork advisor, launched Atlanta Artwork Week as a four-day occasion in 2022. This yr, a number of extra high-profile organizations are taking part, together with the Excessive Museum of Artwork, MOCA GA, the Carlos Museum, the African Diaspora Artwork Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA) and the Spelman Faculty Museum of Tremendous Artwork.
Karen Comer Lowe is curator-in-residence on the Spelman Museum. “I believed it was a profitable first effort final yr,” she says. “The Atlanta artwork world has been so segmented and unfold out. Atlanta Artwork Week gave us a way of neighborhood.” Spelman is providing student-led excursions of its present exhibit Harmonia Rosales: Grasp Narrative October 4, 5, 6 and seven at midday.
Spalding Nix, principal at Spalding Nix Tremendous Artwork, agrees. “We’re trapped in our personal shoe packing containers,” he says of the town’s galleries. Final yr’s occasion, Nix says, introduced a youthful, extra inclusive crowd to his gallery. On October 4 at 6 p.m., he’s providing a tour of his present group present Entanglements and a chat with photographer Spencer Sloan.
The problem for attendees will probably be selecting which occasion to go to, since many overlap. As much as 11 occasions are scheduled to happen every day, amongst them panel discussions on the Woodruff Arts Heart, lectures and, in fact, events. The Ernest G. Welch Faculty of Artwork & Design at Georgia State College’s annual MFA Open Studio Get together will happen October 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Many galleries have timed the opening of their exhibits to happen through the week. The Marcia Wooden Gallery, Whitespace, Johnson Lowe, Mason Tremendous Artwork and Maune Up to date will all host opening receptions on October 6. Tickets for all occasions can be found on-line. Most are free.
In response to an Atlanta Artwork Week press launch, 2,000 registered guests attended in 2022. “It felt as if the entire of Atlanta’s artwork neighborhood got here out to assist in a method or one other,” Walker acknowledged within the launch. “Everybody who visits says Atlanta is harking back to [Los Angeles] 10 years in the past, however we’re totally different. There’s a sure aptitude, and we’re so excited that the town is lastly beginning to obtain recognition for its contribution to the humanities.”
Mark Karelson, proprietor of Mason Tremendous Artwork and founding father of the PATH Museum in Buckhead, says the occasion has nice potential. “Now we have excessive hopes it can change into an necessary annual occasion,” he says.
Gillian Anne Renault has been an ArtsATL contributor since 2012 and senior editor for Artwork+Design and Dance since 2021. She has coated dance for the Los Angeles Every day Information, Herald Examiner and Ballet Information, and on radio stations akin to KCRW, the NPR affiliate in Santa Monica, California. A few years in the past, she was awarded an NEA fellowship to attend American Dance Competition’s Dance Criticism program.