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Oct
14
Sat
Exhibition – “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête”
Oct 14 2017 – Jan 7 2018 all-day
Exhibition - "Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête" @ Georgia Museum of Art

This exhibition of more than 40 works by the acclaimed African American artist Mickalene Thomas also includes a selection of works by artists who inspired her: Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Thomas is well known for her paintings encrusted with rhinestones, but she has worked in photography since she was a graduate student at Yale more than two decades ago. Her photographs draw on a wide range of influences — from art history to popular culture, from Henri Matisse’s odalisques to images of 1970s supermodel Beverly Johnson — but they all focus on beauty and what it means to be a woman.

The exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, and curated in-house by Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art.

It is sponsored by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation, the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Willson Center.

The following events will be associated with the exhibition:

Friday, October 13, 2017
90 Carlton: Fall
5:30-8:30 pm
The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the fall exhibitions which will include a sneak preview of the exhibition Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and its companion, tête-à-tête. Enjoy light refreshments, gallery activities, door prizes and “Ask the Experts” from 7 to 8 p.m. Event Partners: Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center and Epting Events. $5, free for members. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or by calling 706.542.4199. Register at http://bit.ly/90c-summer17.

Friday, October 20, 2017
Conversations on Muses
Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series
12:20 -1:10 pm

This fall, the Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series will highlight the exhibition, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête through a gallery tour and discussion led by curator Dr. Shawnya Harris in collaboration with the UGA departments of Women’s Studies and African-American Studies. The event is free, open to the public, and an opportunity for students and faculty, including First Year Odyssey.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Film Night
7:00- 9:00 pm
Directed by Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is the first documentary to reveal photography’s role in shaping the cultural identity of African Americans from slavery to the present era. The documentary is in part inspired by the work of photo historian Deborah Willis and features the work of distinguished historical photographers such as James Van Der Zee and Gordon Parks as well as numerous contemporary photographers including Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Hank Willis Thomas who are also featured in the Georgia Museum of Art’s presentation of Mickalene Thomas’s Muse.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tour at Two
2:00- 3:00 pm
Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, for a tour of the exhibition Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Teen Studio: Mickalene Thomas
5:30-8:30 pm
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to this studio-based workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The group will spend time in the galleries exploring the work of contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas in the exhibition “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.” Drawing inspiration from Thomas’ work, teens will create their own mixed media works of art using photography and collage. Includes a pizza dinner. This program is free, but space is limited. Please email sagekincaid@uga.edu or call 706.542.0448 to reserve a spot.

Dec
9
Sat
“Sharing Our Stories” – Exhibition in Downtown Eatonton
Dec 9 all-day

“Sharing Our Stories” is an academic and community initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and guided by Christopher Lawton, director of experiential learning for Putnam County Schools and director of the Georgia Virtual History Project. It a partnership initiative of the Willson Center, the Putnam County Charter School District, the GVHP, and the Georgia Writers Museum.

The project is part of an ongoing effort to involve the Putnam County community in telling its own stories, both as context for, and document of, this crucial American literary landscape which gave birth to both Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker.

Putnam County High School students and faculty, working with local community members, will curate an enormous exhibition celebrating the photographs and documents scanned at the Briar Patch Arts Festival and Butler-Baker Octoberfest. These materials will be on display throughout downtown Eatonton during the annual Christmas Parade.

Additional partners for this event are the Butler-Baker Alumni Project, Eatonton Main Street, the Briar Patch Arts Council, the Uncle Remus Museum, the Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society, the Putnam County NAACP, and the Old School History Museum.

Common Heritage – the NEH grant program that will aid the “Sharing Our Stories” project – is intended to “support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture.”

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Feb
8
Thu
Global Georgia Initiative: Qiu Xiaolong – Reading and Conversation: “A Chinese Cop in the Global Age” – Betty Jean Craige Lecture in Comparative Literature
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm
Global Georgia Initiative: Qiu Xiaolong - Reading and Conversation: "A Chinese Cop in the Global Age" - Betty Jean Craige Lecture in Comparative Literature @ Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium | Athens | Georgia | United States

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. He published prize-winning poetry, translation and criticism in Chinese in the eighties, and became a member of the Chinese Writers’ Association. In 1988, he came to the United States as a Ford Foundation Fellow, started writing in English, and obtained a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington University.

He is the author of Death of a Red Heroine (2000), A Loyal Character Dancer (2002), When Red Is Black (2004), A Case of Two Cities (2006), Red Mandarin Dress (2007), The Mao Case (2009), Don’t Cry, Tai Lake (2012), Enigma of China (2013), Shanghai Redemption (2015), and Becoming Inspector Chen (in French and Italian, 2016 and 2017) in the critically acclaimed, award-winning Inspector Chen series; a collection of linked stories Years of Red Dust (first serialized in Le Monde, 2010); three poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003), Evoking T’ang (2007) and 100 Classic Chinese Poems (2010); and his own poetry collections, Lines Around China (2003) and Poems of Inspector Chen (2016).

Qiu’s books have sold over two million copies worldwide and have been published in 20 languages. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.

The event will include readings by Qiu and a conversation with Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center. It is presented as the Department of Comparative Literature’s annual Betty Jean Craige Lecture. Betty Jean Craige is University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and a former director of the Willson Center.

The Global Georgia Initiative presents global problems in local context with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. The series is made possible by the support of private individuals and the Willson Center Board of Friends.

Feb
22
Thu
Global Georgia Initiative: Willson Center / Grady College Conversation – “Journalism and the Contemporary South”
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm
Global Georgia Initiative: Willson Center / Grady College Conversation - "Journalism and the Contemporary South" @ UGA Chapel | Statesboro | Georgia | United States

Join us for a conversation on journalism in the contemporary South with six panelists with national experience in the modern media and the challenges they face in telling the stories that speak to a tumultuous time.

  • Eliza Borné, editor, Oxford American
  • Valerie Boyd, professor, UGA Grady College of Journalism
  • Richard Fausset, Atlanta bureau chief, The New York Times (moderator)
  • Alysia Nicole Harris, editor, Scalawag
  • Pete McCommons, editor & publisher, Flagpole
  • Chuck Reece, editor in chief, The Bitter Southerner

 

The event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dean Charles Davis of the Grady College will introduce the discussion.

The Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative presents global problems in local context with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. The series is made possible by the support of private individuals and the Willson Center Board of Friends.

 

Apr
4
Wed
Global Georgia Initiative: Sinéad Morrissey – Reading
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm
Global Georgia Initiative: Sinéad Morrissey - Reading @ Seney-Stovall Chapel | Athens | Georgia | United States

Sinéad Morrissey was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. As an undergraduate, she studied English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to gain a PhD in eighteenth-century literature.

She has published six collections of poetry with Carcanet Press: There Was Fire in Vancouver (winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 1996), Between Here and There (winner of the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2002), The State of the Prisons (winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Commonwealth Literature Prize and the T S Eliot Prize and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2005), Through the Square Window (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the T S Eliot Prize, Poetry Book Society Choice and winner of the Irish Times Poetry Prize in 2009), Parallax (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and winner of both the T S Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize in 2013), and On Balance (Poetry Book Society Choice and winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, 2017). In 2015, Parallax and Selected Poems, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (New York) was a finalist in the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry. In 2016 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Further awards include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and first prize in the UK National Poetry Competition.

She is the co-editor of The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2016) and collaborated with composer Piers Hellawell and Fidelio Trio on a voice/music co-production, Up by the Roots, broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” in July 2016 and performed at the Cheltenham Festival.

Morrissey served as Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2013-2014), undertaking an extensive program of poetry workshops in schools, prisons, and other community settings. In 2016, Parallax was selected as the most important Irish artwork of any genre for the year 2013 in Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, edited by Fintan O’Toole.

A former assistant director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, she has recently taken up position at Newcastle University as a Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). She will also be teaching on the MA in Creative Writing and supervising Creative Writing PhD students with a focus on poetry.