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Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin
Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement 
Photographic Exhibition by Dr. Curtis Graves
Artist Talk: 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10. 2016
Thursday, August 04, 2016 – Sunday, December 04, 2016
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin: Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement photographic exhibition, by Dr. Curtis Graves. As a direct descendent of Africans enslaved on New Orleans’ Evergreen and Whitney Plantations, Dr. Graves artistically explores these spaces as sites ancestral subjugation with a particular focus on the structures that housed enslaved Africans. Via a well-crafted minimalist photographic aesthetic, this exhibition forces the viewer to experience these plantations from the lived visual perspectives of the enslaved. By examining the intentional spatial trauma created by plantation architecture, Dr. Graves also encourages the viewer to consider the ongoing contemporary marginalization of the memory and history found at historic sites of Black suffering in the United States. This exhibition is on display in the Small Gallery (2nd Floor) at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris

Fine Arts Exhibition

Artist Talk: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11. 2016  
Thursday, August 04, 2016 – Sunday, December 04, 2016
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Creative Milieu, will host Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris. Eloquently curated by Tracy Murrell, this compelling exhibition is a vibrant exploration into the lifelong artistic evolution of Oscar Harris and the inseparable connection between his art, architecture and love of jazz. Oscar Harris is an accomplished artist and retired master architect, responsible for creating many iconic architectural structures in the city of Atlanta. Mr. Harris is also the author of Oscar: The Memoir of a Master Architect. Curator Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta-based visual artist, Curator for Hammonds House Museum and a consultant with the National Black Arts Festival. This exhibition is on display in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, August 04, 2016 – Sunday, January 22. 2017

The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with GAS-ART GIFTS (Gregarious Art Statements), Little Bee Books, and Georgia State University, will host Freedom in Congo Square, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award winning artist R. Gregory Christie. This exhibition, made possible by the generous support of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation, showcases the original art created for the illustrated children’s book, Freedom in Congo Square. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford, creating a powerful exploration into the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, as they struggle to preserve their dignity and African heritage. This exhibition is on display in the Chidren's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Granny Nanny Cultural Group Traditional Maroon Performing Arts Ensemble

Traditional Maroon Performing Arts Ensemble

A Musical Homage to the Legacy of Black Rebellion

Thursday, August 25, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of History, will host the Traditional Maroon Performing Arts Ensemble, Granny Nanny Cultural Group. Master musicians and storytellers, the Granny Nanny Cultural Group offers a musical homage to the legacy of Jamaica's National Hero, Maroon Chieftainess Granny Nanny, and the collective rebellion of black communities to enslavement and colonialism. Via traditional drumming, singing, and dance, the history of Jamaica’s Maroon nation is brought to life, providing an intimate glimpse into the traditions and spirit of a people who refused to be conquered. The Granny Nanny Cultural Group is a Maroon performance ensemble from the Windward Maroon community of Moore Town in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park in Jamaica. This event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.  

  

 

 

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