Events Listings

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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Monday, January 2, 2017 – Tuesday, February 28. 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 Children's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Burning Brush, I am Who I am
The Art of Athlone Clarke

7:00 p.m. Friday, January 27,  Exhibition Artist Talk

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host The Burning Brush, I am Who I am: The Art of Athlone Clarke. On fire, but not consumed by the flames, The Burning Brush is an incendiary visual declaration by Athlone Clarke, one of arts most authentic and provocative voices. A metaphorical reference to Exodus 3:1-15 (King James Version), this multimedia exhibition, via a deft fusion of thoughtful brushwork, textual commentary and reclaimed documental artifacts, demands attention and inspires awe. This exhibition is on display in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s first floor Cary-McPheeters Gallery, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

STORIED STONE: ZIMBABWE SHONA ART
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Gallery, will host Storied Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Art. This exhibition on loan from 
the Zimbabwe Gallery, and the collection of gallery owner Colin Thompson, features authentic Shona works created by contemporary sculptors who honor the
cultural and artistic legacy of their ancestors via stone. Stone art produced from Zimbabwe are often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe 
historically engaged in sculpting from this region. Zimbabwe, derived from the Shona word dzimbadzamabwe, means ‘house of stone’. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate along with civic and social residency CONSTELLATIONS will host an exhibition by internationally renowned street artist Gonzalo Borondo. “Voices of the World” features Borondo works originally created and exhibited on the windows of the historic Atlanta Daily World Building at 145 Auburn Avenue during the 2014 Living Walls Conference, and speaks to the benefit of dialogue between our past and our future. These works are on display in the lobby of the Auburn Avenue Research Library Auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
 

 

Voices of Muslim Women from the U. S. South

Wednesday, March 22. 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Public Lecture   

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA) at Georgia State University, and the Departments of English and African American Studies at Georgia State University, presents Muslim, Woman, and Student In the Contemporary U.S. South. This community dialogue and panel discussion will explore the lived experiences of Muslim women living in the Deep South. This event will also feature a screening of the film Voices of Muslim Women, by feminist scholar and activist Dr. Maha Marouan, Professor of African American Studies and Women Studies at Pennsylvania State University. The film examines Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama, female Muslim students,who must navigate issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class on a daily basis.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

 

Atlanta Civil Rights Movement 1948 – 1968                        

Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Arcadia Publishing and Preserve Black Atlanta, will host author and historian Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, who will discuss her latest publication, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968. A well-researched pictorial history, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968 presents a stunning visual record of the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, and the courageous men and women who made it possible. Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is the founder and CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, Inc. and has served as a historian and consultant with the Herndon Home Museum, Georgia State University Honors College and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

 

My Journal :Myself, Inside Out! Creating the Path by Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will host author Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq., who will discuss her latest publication, Myself: Inside Out! Creating the Path. The NCNW is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30303

 

Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Sunday, June 25, 2017

Exhibition Reception and Opening Event 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017  

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars by renowned photographer Susan J. "Sue" Ross. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities.  This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

  

The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston

Thursday, March 30, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host author Michele Moore, who will discuss her latest publication, The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston. A story of families and friendships forged through struggle, loss, and redemption, this novel follows the parallel lives of working class family matriarchs, Cassie McGonegal and Meliah Amey Ravenel who labor on floors of the massive factory assembly lines segregated by gender and race,  in the storied port city of Charleston, South Carolina.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

 

 

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi

Film Screening

Saturday, April 22. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in recognition of Earth Day (2017), will host a screening of Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. This extraordinary film reveals the captivating story of a Delta community called Mileston, in which sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s; and as landowners, became instrumental leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Voices and Flows

Spoken Word Poetry Event

Saturday, April 29. 3:00 p.m.

In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Voices and Flows. This community event will feature original poetry and spoken word performances.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

 

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