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.


Image Perceptions

The Art of Ealy Mays from the Collections of Kerry and C. Betty Davis, Greg Richardson, Larry and Brenda Thompson ● Guest Curator, Young Hughley

Art Exhibition: Sunday, March 20, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Artist Talk: Ealy Mays in Conversation with Young Hughley - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 05, 2016

Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Image Perceptions, an exhibition by Paris-based contemporary artist Ealy Mays. Skillfully curated by Young Hugley, this compelling exhibition fuses satire, social commentary and black intellectualism into accessible thought provoking visual narratives on race, gender and class. Image Perceptions features artwork from the collections of Kerry and C. Betty Davis, Greg Richardson, Larry and Brenda Thompson. This exhibition will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.


Ethnic Notions: Black People in White Minds
Film Screening / Community Discussion
Saturday, June 18, 2016 • 10:00 a.m.
In recognition of Juneteenth (2016) Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and The Baton Foundation will host a screening of Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary Ethnic Notions. Approaching a complex subject with great sensitivity, this compelling film examines the historical origins and contemporary relevance of archetypal racial stereotypes (loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes, and wide-eyed Pickaninnies). A critical discourse on racial stereotyping, filmmaker Marlon Riggs deftly situates the practice as an essential device in the justification and perpetuation of systemic racism in the United States. This event will include a post screening community discussion facilitated by Anthony Knight, Founder and Chief Executive of The Baton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves the emotional, intellectual and cultural needs of Black boys. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum located at 503 Peeples St., Atlanta, GA 30310.


Summer of the Cicadas by Cole Lavalais 
Book Signing and Discussion 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 • 1:00 p.m.
Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and Jack Jones Literary Arts will host author Cole Lavalais, who in conversation with renowned author and publisher Tina McElroy Ansa, will discuss her debut novel, Summer of the Cicadas. A captivating coming of age novel, Summer of the Cicadas is a journey into the haunting world of fragile college freshman Viola "Vi" Ikewe Moon, whose sanity is threaten by deep rooted ancestral angst and a father that she can neither clearly remember nor completely forget. Cole Lavalais holds a M.F.A. from Chicago State University, a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches a community-based writing workshop on the south side of Chicago. Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Baby of the Family, and founder of DownSouth Press, created to publish and promote the literature of African American people. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.



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