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Georgia Museum of Art to host last Museum Mix of the year

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host its third Museum Mix of the year on October 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. All of the galleries will be open for the late-night art party. WesdaRuler will start the night with original lo-fi hip hop beats and DJ Reindeer Games will play a collage of various genres of music throughout the night. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Ben Bradberry, who goes by the name DJ Reindeer Games, is a local deejay who has performed at venues including Little Kings Shuffle Club, the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club. He enjoys mixing popular songs and crowd favorites with new sounds and rhythms to create a unique experience. Bradberry says of the night, “My goal is to create a sonic environment that will compliment the works of Mickalene Thomas: auditory collages of hip hop, world music, and 60s living room grooves.”

Wesley Johnson, who performs under the name WesdaRuler, is an Athens-based producer and experimental hip-hop artist. He hopes to add to the eclectic mix of music in Athens and expand the beats and hip-hop scene. WesdaRuler has performed at venues such as the Georgia Theatre, Hendershots and the 40 Watt club.

Exhibitions on view include “Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection,” “Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris,” “Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology” and “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.”

Sponsors of the event include Amici, Big City Bread, Donderos’ and White Tiger Gourmet.

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Writer: Stephanie Motter, stephanie.motter25@uga.edu
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078, mlachow@uga.edu

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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Mickalene Thomas highlights her muses

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The word “muse” conjures an image of an ethereal ancient Greek figure, but artist Mickalene Thomas has a different, more grounded set of muses, comprising strong African American women, including her mother, friends and former lovers. Thomas is best known for her large-scale paintings of women, which complicate the art historical representation of female beauty and reconsider tropes around femininity, identity and desire.

Currently based in Brooklyn, Thomas earned her bachelor of fine arts in painting at Pratt Institute in 2000 and a master of fine arts at the Yale University School of Art. She experimented with photography by taking photographs of herself and her mother. For each image, Thomas creates a tableau with furniture and fabrics that the models pose within. She uses stylistic influences from the 1970s, the civil rights movement and second-wave feminism as she puts forward a complex depiction of what it means to be a woman and an expansive definition of beauty.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête” from October 14, 2017, through January 7, 2018. More than 40 works by Thomas and artists whose work she has selected will be on view.

Thomas’ work both deconstructs and reappropriates art history while it reflects a personal community of inspiration. Her photograph “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires,” for example, reimagines Edouard Manet’s famed painting of a bohemian picnic with three women who are close friends of the artist.

“We are excited about the opportunity to exhibit the work of this cutting-edge contemporary artist,” said Shawnya Harris, the museum’s Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art. “We anticipate that our audiences will be engaged and fascinated with works that are both accessible and thought provoking.”

Thomas served as curator of the other artists’ works on display in the exhibition, an installation of work by fellow photographers that includes specific works of art that have inspired her. Artists include Derrick Adams, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems.

This exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation in New York, a not-for-profit foundation that aims to connect the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work. This exhibition is sponsored by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., and locally by UGA’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Programs related to the exhibition include 90 Carlton: Autumn, the museum’s quarterly reception (free for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, $5 non-members) on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. (the exhibition opens to the general public the following day); Museum Mix, the museum’s thrice-annual art party, with a live DJ and free refreshments, on October 19 from 8 to 11 p.m.; “Conversations on Muses,” a gallery tour and discussion with curator Dr. Shawnya Harris in collaboration with the UGA departments of women’s studies and African American studies, on October 20 at 12:20 p.m.; a screening of the documentary “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” on October 26 at 7 p.m.; a public tour on November 1 at 2 p.m.; a Teen Studio program on November 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (a free program for ages 13 – 18 that includes a pizza dinner; email sagekincaid@uga.edu or call 706.542.0448 to reserve a spot); and an Artful Conversation on December 13 at 2 p.m. Several of these programs are in conjunction with UGA’s 2017 Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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Georgia Museum of Art to hold reception for autumn exhibitions

Thursday, September 28, 2017

On October 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host 90 Carlton: Autumn, a reception to showcase and celebrate the museum’s autumn exhibitions. Attendees can enjoy the company of fellow art enthusiasts, light refreshments and gallery activities. They’ll also get a first look at the exhibition “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête,” which opens to the general public the next day. The event will include the opportunity to win door prizes, as well as “Ask the Experts” from 7 to 8 p.m., during which guests can able ask curators and experts questions about the art.

The museum will also unveil a new addition to the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden during the event, at 6:15 p.m.

The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance at http://bit.ly/90c-autumn2017. To become a member, call 706.542.0830 or visit georgiamuseum.org/join. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or by calling 706.542.4199.

The exhibitions highlighted are:

“Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection” (on view through November 12), which shows 19th- and 20th-century drawings from the private collection of Giuliano Ceseri.

“Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris” (on view through December 10). This exhibition showcases all known works of Louise Blair Daura, a skilled portraitist form Virginia. This exhibition will be the first attempt by a museum to examine her short career as an artist.

“Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology” (on view October 7–December 31). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of UGA’s Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, this exhibition will feature landscape paintings by Martha Odum, Eugene Odum’s wife, as well as other works related to ecology.

“Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête” (on view October 14–January 7). This exhibition, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, includes works by acclaimed contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas as well as works by artists who inspired her.

Event Partners: The Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center, Epting Events and Guide 2 Athens.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA, 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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Art and Ecology Merge in Undergraduate-Organized Exhibition

Monday, September 18, 2017

Martha Odum carried a sketch pad, a box of watercolors and a vial of water everywhere she traveled with her husband, Eugene P. Odum, for whom UGA’s School of Ecology is named. Eugene Odum is often called the father of modern ecology, but it’s possible Martha was its mother, dotingly painting gorgeous portraits of her child. The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will show some of those landscape paintings in the exhibition “Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology,” on view October 7 to December 31.

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ecology program at the University of Georgia, established as the Institute of Ecology in 1967 (it became a school in 2007). As Martha and Eugene Odum traveled the country to further Eugene’s scientific knowledge, Martha painted watercolors of the natural landscapes she observed. Her work highlights depleted resources in the South as well as the love of ecology and the environment that she and her husband shared. This exhibition includes both her paintings and silver hollowware that she created, which draws on natural forms. Together, they show just how much Odum revered the natural world.

UGA undergraduate student and Beard Scholar Victoria Ramsay served as curator for the exhibition, under the guidance of Dale Couch, the museum’s curator of decorative arts. Ramsay is the beneficiary of a scholarship established by Drs. Linda and Larry Beard, strong supporters of the museum’s commitment to the decorative arts. The scholarship provides a paid internship to undergraduates focusing on the decorative arts at the museum. Ramsay is one of the first two students to receive the scholarship.

In addition to Martha Odum’s paintings and silver, the exhibition includes other works from the museum’s collection to illustrate how human history has interacted with ecology over the years. One 19th-century painting shows the American Shad, a fish native to Georgia that was overfished. A chair with a hide seat speaks to patterns of migration and cultural influence, as well as to the way in which the ecology of the region was changed by the trade in hides. Basketry made from river cane tells another story of loss, due to agricultural exploitation. Savannah River Valley pottery demonstrates adaptation to the resources available in the area. Each object shows the overlap of art and ecology. “Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology” is an not only an expression of wonder in the face of natural structures and elements, but also an argument that these structures are worthy of being preserved.

Programs related to the exhibition include 90 Carlton: Autumn, the museum’s quarterly reception (free for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, $5 non-members) on October 13 at 5:30 p.m.

This exhibition is sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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Writer: Kerri McNair, kjm43617@uga.edu
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078, mlachow@uga.edu

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.

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