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Atlanta's Arts Comprehensive Report

Most Comprehensive Exhibition of Work by Atlanta Artist Radcliffe Bailey to Premiere at the High

Exhibition Will Include New and Never Before Seen Works

The High Museum of Art will organize and premiere the most comprehensive presentation of works by Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey to date. Opening June 26, 2011, “Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” will highlight the artist’s experimentation with diverse media, showcasing sculptures, paintings, installations, works-on-paper, glass works and modified found objects. Comprising more than 25 works, “Memory as Medicine” will include new art created for the exhibition as well as works never before on public display. The exhibition will also juxtapose Bailey’s work with classic African sculptures from the High’s permanent collection and selected loans to show the influence of African aesthetic practices on the artist’s work.

 
 
“Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” is organized by the High Museum of Art and will be on view in Atlanta from June 26 through September 11, 2011. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (June 6, 2012– Sept 2, 2012) and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College (February 15, 2012 – May 6, 2012).

“In this exhibition, visitors will discover Radcliffe’s ability to a combine sculpture and painting, two- and three-dimensional forms and grand and intimate scales, creating works of art that are rich in texture, detail, color and, most importantly, meaning,” stated Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “The High is pleased to debut this exhibition in Atlanta, underscoring the Museum’s continued commitment to celebrating the nationally-recognized talents and legacies of our hometown artists.”

The exhibition will present Bailey’s work in three thematic sections: “Water,” “Blues” and “Blood.” Works included in the “Water” group will feature the artist’s references to the TransAtlantic Passage as a site of historical trauma, as well as an artistic and spiritual journey. “Blues” will present works that illustrate music as a transcendent art form. The third theme, “Blood,” will feature works focusing on the ideas of ancestry, race, memory, struggle and sacrifice. This section will further explore the artist’s engagement with African sculptures in tandem with his investigation of his own family’s DNA.

 
 
In 2006, Bailey traced his family’s ancestral links to the Mende people of Sierra Leone. This inspired him to create his, most intimate work to date―a miniature drawing done in ink and coffee on a piece of sheet music that features a Mende mask framed within a tiny red-velvet-lined, 19th-century tintype case, evoking an heirloom family portrait. This piece will be on view in the exhibition alongside more recent works, including a new sculpture indebted to the materiality and smooth, curvilinear forms of Mende masks, but not their functionality. Repeatedly rubbed with finishing wax in a daily studio ritual, Bailey created a Brancusi-esque objet d’art—an inscrutable prop for a Neo-Dada-style, contemporary art world performance.

Other works explore issues of scale. A number of pieces will highlight the artist’s penchant to animate his work with large-scale photographic reproductions of black-and-white prints given to him by his grandmother as well as historic photos he collects, in order to place African Americans at the center of both American and world history. Another new work, “Clean-up II,” is a painted wooden sculpture in the form of a 10-foot-high baseball bat. Bailey comments, “The reason why I made the bat so big was to beat down all the things that I confront. Baseball being one of my first passions, before art, the bat was like my paintbrush. In baseball, the fourth batter that comes up is the clean-up hitter.”

The exhibition will also feature seven sets of “medicine cabinet sculptures,” whose contents include a broad range of culturally charged objects, imagery and raw materials, from indigo powder to tobacco leaves to Georgia red clay. The contents of the cabinets are displayed in deeply recessed shelves protected under reflective, tinted glass, a nod to Kongo minkisi sculptures from central Africa, which contain healing and protective medicine within mirrored packets. These sculptures link the too often disconnected histories of peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora and emphasize collective experiences.

“Radcliffe Bailey’s art is consistently informed by a strong social and historical consciousness, and solidly grounded in family and community. The exhibition combines a rich, narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance to explore questions of history and memory,” said Carole Thompson, the High’s Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art and curator of the exhibition. “Bailey’s art traces the complex network of his ‘aesthetic DNA’ to create an antidote to cultural and historical amnesia.”

Exhibition Organization and Support
"Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine" will be on view at the High Museum of Art from June 26 to September 11, 2011, and is curated by Carol Thompson, the High's Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, in consultation with Michael Rooks, the High's Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius." Additional support is provided by the Lubo Fund, Jack Shainman Gallery, Vicki and John Palmer and members of the Radcliffe Bailey Guild. A full-color catalogue will accompany "Memory as Medicine," and will feature essays by Carol Thompson, Michael Rooks and additional authors.

Catalogue
A full-color, nearly two-hundred page book will accompany "Memory as Medicine," and will feature essays by Carol Thompson, Michael Rooks, René Paul Barilleaux, Manthia Diawara, and Ed Spriggs.

High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High¡¯s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005 the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum¡¯s size, creating a vibrant ¡°village for the arts¡± at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, visit www.High.org.

The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.

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The 4th International Soul Music Summit September 24th - 27th 2009 Atlanta, GA
Theater Emory Opens Its 2011-2012 Season with a Dark Comedy
 
 

Theater Emory opens its 2011-2012 "Bloody, Breathless, and Bold" season with Martin McDonagh’s TonyAward-nominated, hilarious and macabre masterpiece The Lieutenant of Inishmore (September 29 - October 8) in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Wee Thomas is dead! Unfortunately that cat belongs to "Mad Padraic," a crazy member of an offshoot group of the Provisional I.R.A., so someone’s going to pay! The death of Thomas spurs an evening of bloodshed and surprising comedy on the island of Inishmore.

McDonagh is the winner of the most promising playwright award in 1996, an Oscar winner for his short film Six Shooter (2006), and author/director of the hit film In Bruges (2008). Described by critics as the bastard offspring of J.M. Synge and Quentin Tarantino, McDonagh is one of the most popular and controversial playwrights of the past fifteen years, claims the production’s director Donald McManus.

"None of McDonagh’s plays captures his irreverent spirit better than The Lieutenant of Inishmore," says McManus. "It’s the funniest, cleverest, and most action packed of all his work to date."  Atlanta audiences aren’t strangers to McDonagh’s work, but this will be their first opportunity to see The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The cast includes professional actors Mark Cabus and Tim McDonough, as well as a host of Emory student actors. Set design is by Kat Conley and costume design is by Rosalind Staib.  Sound design will be by Scott Little and lighting design will be by Robert J. Turner.

The performances are September 29-October 1 and October 5-8 at 7 p.m. and October 2 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 3rd floor, 605 Asbury Circle at Emory University. Tickets ($18; $14 discount category members; $6 Emory students) are available from the Arts at Emory box office arts.emory.edu. Free parking is available in the Fishburne and Peavine parking decks. For Theater Emory information, visit theater.emory.edu.

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CALENDAR LISTING:

"The Lieutenant of Inishmore" by Martin McDonough (September 29-October 8, 2011) Thu, Sept. 29-Sat, Oct. 1 and Wed, Oct. 5-Sat, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Sun, Oct. 2 at 2:00 p.m.. Wed, Oct. 5 is a Pay-What-You-Can-AT-THE-DOOR Performance. Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 3rd floor, 605 Ashbury Circle, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, 404-727-5050, boxoffice@emory.edu, Discount Category Members $14; Emory Students $6. Call Arts at Emory Box Office for details. Additional discounts may apply to package offers. 

THEATER EMORY

Theater Emory is the producing organization of Emory University and is affiliated with the Department of Theater and Dance. It is a member of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts and operates under a season agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 
Jazz Music Can Lead To Success For Many Atlanta Youth
 
Atlanta, GA (I-Newswire) September 12, 2011 - As many as 8.3 percent of America’s teens suffer from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population. Three in ten teenage girls (31%) become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20. These statistics are examples of the obstacles our youth face daily and reasons why The Least of These seeks support to address these topics – to achieve their mission of assisting young boys and girls to realize their full potential for a better tomorrow.

The Least Of These is a division of Not By Bread Alone, whose goal is to provide education, awareness and skills building workshops and services to promote individual, family, low-to-moderate income and community development.

On Saturday, October 15 at 7:00PM, the non-profit, Not By Bread Alone, will host An Evening Of Jazz at the historic Atlanta Life Atrium & Auditorium, located at100 Auburn Ave, Atlanta Georgia. All proceeds will benefit The Least Of These, whose mission is to assist young boys and girls realize their full potential for a better tomorrow.

The event will feature the musical talents of Neo4, whom have a strong concentration in Contemporary Jazz and Jazz Fusion; the hosting skills of Janice Mathis, community activist and Vice President and Atlanta Bureau Chief of The Rainbow PUSH Coalition; and a silent auction of products and services to raise funds to continue the goal of helping Atlanta’s youth.

To help fund this charity, they are offering sponsorship opportunities ranging from Platinum to Individual levels. The sponsorships include prime seats, ads in souvenir program booklet, links on web site and more. Ticket purchase and volunteer information are available through the web site www.nbbalone.org/jazz or through a representative at 404.622.9935. All donations are tax deductible, as Not By Bread alone is a 501(c)3 organization.

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