Events & Exhibitions Schedule Fall 2011

Check out our list of poetry readings, author talks and collection conversations, and exhibitions of rare materials throughout the fall.

Published 09-06-2011

EXHIBITIONS

“Portrait & Text: African American Artists of Dance, Music, and the Written Word”
Through Dec. 22, 2011
MARBL, Level 10, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
Featuring portraits by Harlem arts patron and photographer Carl Van Vechten and MARBL’s (Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library) exceptional collection of African American primary sources, this exhibition offers a unique perspective on many renowned African American writers, actors, singers, and dancers. Included are Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Harry Belafonte, Richard Wright, Marian Anderson, Carmen de Lavallade, Pearl Primus, Countee Cullen, Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, and many others. Curated by Randall K. Burkett and Kelly Erby. Free and open to the public. Information: jdelliq@emory.edu, 404.727.0136.


“Shadows of the Sun: The Crosbys, the Black Sun Press & the Lost Generation”
Aug. 15, 2011-March 16, 2012
Schatten Gallery, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
An exhibition that shines a light on the press, modernism, and the generation of writers, artists, jazz musicians, and exiles in Paris after the First World War. The Black Sun Press, founded by Caresse and Harry Crosby in Paris in the 1920s, is emblematic of the avant-garde nature and adventurous spirit of the “Lost Generation” during that time. Curated by Kevin Young. A small, accompanying exhibition called “Postcards from Paris” about expatriate literary and artistic figures is curated by Amy Hildreth, a doctoral candidate in English. Free and open to the public. Information: jdelliq@emory.edu, 404.727.0136.


“The Portrait Project: A Snapshot of Emory Libraries Staff,” featuring the work of Melanie Bunn
On view beginning Sept. 12, 2011
Level 2, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
This exhibition features 20 portraits of library colleagues painted by stacks and storage supervisor Melanie Bunn. Each portrait is accompanied by a caption describing the person’s role in the library with the intention of raising the visibility of the often-anonymous work done by library staff across multiple units. Free and open to the public. Information: jdelliq@emory.edu, 404.727.0136.


“The Abandoned Mansion”
Sept. 19, 2011-Jan. 6, 2012
ECIT Gallery, Level 2, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322
An exhibition of images from Atlanta-based photographer Brian McGrath Davis. In previous lives, the mansion on Emory’s Briarcliff campus was a mental health institution and an outpatient addiction recovery center, but first it was the 1920s estate of Asa Candler Jr., son of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company. Boarded up since the late ’90s, the abandoned mansion continues to be a source of fascination, and Davis was granted access for this project. He is a PhD candidate at Emory’s ILA, and the subject of his research is photographic theory, life writing, memory and place studies. Free and open to the public. Information: jdelliq@emory.edu, 404.727.0136.


READINGS & TALKS

Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: D.A. Powell
6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, 2011. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta 30322
Born in Albany, Georgia, Powell’s poetry subjects range from movies, art, and other trappings of contemporary culture to the AIDS pandemic. His first three collections of poetry, “Tea” (1998), “Lunch” (2000), and “Cocktails” (2004), are considered by some to be a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Powell’s most recent book, Chronic (2009), received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have been featured in the Norton anthology “American Hybrid” (2009) and “Best American Poetry” (2008) —condensed from PoetryFoundation.org


“Art, Artists, and Archives: A Conversation with Hazel Biggers and Amalia K. Amaki,” moderated by Emory Professor Emeritus Richard A. Long.
4 p.m. Nov. 3, 2011. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta 30322
The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University recently acquired two major collections: the papers of artist John Biggers and collector Paul R. Jones. The conversation will address the importance of preserving papers related to artists and art history. Co-sponsored by MARBL, Emory ILA and the departments of Art History and African American Studies.


Gallery Talk with Kevin Young
6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16, 2011. Free and open to the public.
Schatten Gallery, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta 30322
Paris in the 1920s is the setting as Young, curator of the "Shadows of the Sun" exhibition, talks about Black Sun Press owners Harry and Caresse Crosby, their dedication to their small avant-garde press, and their friendships with Lost Generation writers Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Hart Crane and others, whose rare books are featured in the exhibition.


RELATED EVENTS

Author Talk: Mark Auslander
4 p.m. Oct. 24, 2011. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta 30322
Auslander will discuss his new book, “The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family,” released in late August. The book is about an enslaved woman known as “Miss Kitty,” and her owner, Methodist bishop James Osgood Andrew, the first president of Emory’s board of trustees when the university was located in Oxford, Georgia. The book will be available for sale and signing at the reading. Co-sponsored by MARBL, PCORE (President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity at Emory), and Emory’s Office of Community and Diversity.


Creative Writing Reading Series: Natasha Trethewey
6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2011. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322
Trethewey, a faculty member in the creative writing program at Emory, is the author of several collections of poetry, including the Pulitizer Prize-winning "Native Guard" and the recent "Beyond Katrina." A book-signing will follow the reading.