Events Listings

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Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
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 exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The City Too Busy to Hate: The 50th Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination 
Community Wall of Commemoration 
January 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, with community dialogue and memory preservation. Throughout 2018, a memory wall, located on the first floor, is dedicated for public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.  At the conclusion of the year, all reflections will be saved and made accessible to the public in the Archives Division. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Inner City Urban: Vine City
Photographic Exhibition
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Sunday, April 29, 2018 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present Inner City Urban: Vine City by activist and photographer Rose Smith. This riveting photographic exhibition repositions the viewer directly into the intentional gaze of the Vine City community, artistically subverting traditional power dynamics of “who and what is being seen” constructing a potent social commentary on the intersectionality of race, class, and geography in contemporary Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, Baldwin Lee, Jamel Shabazz and Carrie Mae Weems, Rose Smith is a conceptual documentary photographer who uses the medium to reflect contemporary issues that affect people of color. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
Illustrated Children's Literature by Bryan Collier
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, will present selected artwork from 12 Rounds of Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. This powerfully illustrated poetic verse biography of Ali’s life, from the time he was born to his lighting of the 1996 Olympic Torch in Atlanta, is written by Charles Smith and illustrated by renowned artist Bryan Collier. The artwork in this exhibition is from the Auburn Avenue Research Library Archives' Bryan Collier Collection. This exhibition will be on display in the Children's Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30303.
 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield, firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, Black Angels is a profound reclamation of the celestial nature of Black Woman, that thoughtfully evoke the indigenous African roots of matriarchal centered ritual and traditions found throughout the Black diaspora. Charmaine Minniefield is a lecturer in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College and has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for 20 years. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
African American Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrating 30 Years
1988 -2018 Darryl Peek and In The Mix Band
Musical Showcase 
Saturday, June 16. 5:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month (June) and the 30th Anniversary of the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will present the Darryl Peek and In The Mix Band musical showcase. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Rock Rubber 45s
Film Screening and with Community Dialogue with Bobbito Garcia
Sunday, June 24. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month (June), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with ATL PBS and WABE FM 90.1 will host Bobbito Garcia — legendary DJ, radio personality, filmmaker, and member of the Rock Steady Crew. Bobbito will premiere his new film Rock Rubber 45s. A cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García, the film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Party Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles
Film Screening
Wednesday, June 27. 6:00 p.m.
In recognition of Pride Month (June), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hope Clinic at the Emory School of Medicine will screen the independent documentary parTy boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles, This film focuses on methamphetamine addiction within the LGBTQ community of color, and explores a drug epidemic that is affecting the lives of Black and Latino gay millennials at an alarming rate. Directed by filmmaker Micheal Rice, parTy boi is deftly crafted to spark debate and educate LGBTQ youth around the world about crystal meth and drug addiction. This event will include a post-screening discussion. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
African American Philharmonic Orchestra
Community Concert
Thursday, June 28. 7:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month (June), the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO) will present a community concert celebrating 30 years of Jazz excellence. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018
In recognition of Sistagraphy’s 25th anniversary, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism. Sistagraphy is collective of African-American Women Photographers that give emerging and established photographers opportunities to exhibit their photography through local and national venues and to make a positive difference in the lives of the artists and the community it serves. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Poetic Justice 
Film Screening
3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

In recognition of the 25th Anniversary romantic drama Poetic Justice written and directed by John Singleton, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will host a screening of this cinematic classic. Starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, this street-smart love story follows a mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur). Featuring poetic works by Maya Angelou, she and The Last Poets make cameos in the film. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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