Events Listings

Continue to follow the AARL events page and social media for expansion project updates and ongoing events and exhibitions with the Hammonds House Museum and other collaborative community partners.

 

All events and exhibitions listed will be offsite until the completion of the Library expansion. Please check each event for location.

 

Esoteric Lore: Rights of Passage
Art Exhibition
Friday, September 5, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014
As an official partner with Africa Atlanta 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) in collaboration with Esoteric Lore, will host Rights of Passage. This multi-media art exhibition will illustrate the shared history between Africa and the western world celebrating cross-cultural human relations and histories. This exhibition will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Ashley Bryan Traveling Exhibit of Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature
featuring the artwork of R. Gregory Christie, Shadra Strickland and Michele Wood
Art Exhibition
Friday, September 5, 2014 - Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL), in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum
will host the Ashley Bryan Traveling Exhibit of Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature featuring the artwork of children’s illustrators and authors, R. Gregory Christie, Shadra Strickland and Michele Wood. This extraordinary exhibit features artwork that strives to continue the legacy of renowned children’s book author and artist, Ashley Bryan, by creating authentic images of the Africana experience in children’s literature for the next generation of emerging readers. This exhibition will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery at the Hammonds House Museum, located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

Art History of the African Diaspora: Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth
Film Screening
Wednesday, September 10. 1:00 p.m.
In collaboration with L and S Video, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) and Hammonds House Museum will host a screening of the documentary film, Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth. This film is an intimate conversation with Elizabeth Catlett, whose technically flawless abstracted sculptures of the human form reflected her deep concern with the African American experience and the struggle for dignity and social justice. This event is part of the Art History of the African Diaspora Film Series and will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The 1859 Savannah Slave Auction: A Genealogy of People and Place
Community Lecture
Saturday, September 13. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL), in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum and Emory University will host the community lecture The 1859 Savannah Slave Auction: A Genealogy of People and Place. Facilitated by Dr. Kwesi J. DeGraft-Hanson this lecture will examine the largest recorded sale of enslaved Africans in American history connecting three historic places in coastal Georgia: Hampton Cotton Plantation on St. Simons Island, Butler Island Rice plantation near Darien, and the Ten Broeck racecourse in Savannah. This community lecture is produced in collaboration with WRFG Radio 89.3 FM Atlanta with generous grant support from the Georgia Humanities Council. This event will take place at the Hammonds House Museum, located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

TUKULA: Community Art Workshops
Saturday, September 27. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
As an official partner with Africa Atlanta 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Esoteric Lore will host the TUKULA Community Art Workshops. These dynamic hands-on community art workshops will feature multiple creative activities facilitated by artists from the Esoteric Lore Art Collective. This event is coupled with the multi-media art exhibition Rights of Passage and will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

LUVEMBA: Rights of Passage Exhibition Reception
Saturday, September 27. 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
As an official partner with Africa Atlanta 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Esoteric Lore, will host LUVEMBA: The Rights of Passage Exhibition Reception. This event is the reception for the multi-media art exhibition Rights of Passage and will include live spoken word performances. This event will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Photography of Chester Higgins (1968 - 2012)
Photographic Exhibition
Sunday, October 5, 2014 – Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL), and in recognition of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (2014) will host the work of noted New York Times photographer Chester Higgins. This exhibition is a celebration of the photographer’s unique vision, and his passion for ordinary people and the rituals that enrich our lives. This exhibit is a selection of images from 1968 through 2012. Exhibition Opening Event: Sunday, October 05, at 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This exhibition will be on display at the Hammonds House Museum, located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

Art History of the African Diaspora: Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
Film Screening
Wednesday, October 08. 1:00 p.m.
In collaboration with L and S Video, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) and Hammonds House Museum will host a screening of the documentary film, Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression. Made just a few years before his death (June 9, 2000), Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, opened his studio to documentary filmmaker, Linda Freeman, offering unique access inside the work of this great American Modernist. This event is part of the Art History of the African Diaspora Film Series and will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Afro-Panamanian Altars and Shrines
Cultural Remembering and Community-Building through Altar Making
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Sunday, November 30, 2014
As an official partner with Africa Atlanta 2014 the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum will host Afro-Panamanian Altars and Shrines Cultural Remembering and Community-Building through Altar Making. This stunning exhibition will explore the living traditions of altar making among Panamanians of African descent. These three dimensional displays will illustrate the profound role of altars in connecting Afro-Panamanians with their ancestors and the cross generational transmission of cultural histories and collective values. Communities and practices represented in displayed altars will include: Cristo Negro de Portobelo (“Black Christ” domestic altar), Ras Tafari (Rastafarian shrine), Yoruba (Nigerian Ifa practices in Panama) and Family Ancestor Shrines. Exhibition Opening Event: Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. This exhibition will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery at the Hammonds House Museum, located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

Art History of the African Diaspora: Benny Andrews: The Visible Man
Film Screening
Wednesday, November 12. 1:00 p.m.
In collaboration with L and S Video the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) and Hammonds House Museum will host a screening of the documentary film, Benny Andrews: The Visible Man. This film explores the life of renowned artist and educator Benny Andrews, whose figurative expressionistic style celebrated the human spirit and the pursuit of the American Dream. This event is part of the Art History of the African Diaspora Film Series and will be held at the Central Library One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

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