Events Listings

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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, January 22. 2017

The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with GAS-ART GIFTS (Gregarious Art Statements), Little Bee Books, and Georgia State University, will host Freedom in Congo Square, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award winning artist R. Gregory Christie. This exhibition, made possible by the generous support of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation, showcases the original art created for the illustrated children’s book, Freedom in Congo Square. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford, creating a powerful exploration into the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, as they struggle to preserve their dignity and African heritage. This exhibition is on display in the Children's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin

Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement 
Photographic Exhibition by Dr. Curtis Graves

Exhibition Closing Reception - 3:00p.m. Sunday, December 4. 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin: Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement photographic exhibition, by Dr. Curtis Graves. As a direct descendent of Africans enslaved on New Orleans’ Evergreen and Whitney Plantations, Dr. Graves artistically explores these spaces as sites of ancestral subjugation with a particular focus on the structures that housed enslaved Africans. Via a well-crafted minimalist photographic aesthetic, this exhibition forces the viewer to experience these plantations from the lived visual perspectives of the enslaved. By examining the intentional spatial trauma created by plantation architecture, Dr. Graves also encourages the viewer to consider the ongoing contemporary marginalization of the memory and history found at historic sites of Black suffering in the United States. This exhibition is on display in the Small Gallery (2nd Floor) at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris

Fine Arts Exhibition 

Exhibition Closing Reception - 3:00p.m. Sunday, December 4. 2016 

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Creative Milieu, will host Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris. Eloquently curated by Tracy Murrell, this compelling exhibition is a vibrant exploration into the lifelong artistic evolution of Oscar Harris and the inseparable connection between his art, architecture and love of jazz. Oscar Harris is an accomplished artist and retired master architect, responsible for creating many iconic architectural structures in the city of Atlanta. Mr. Harris is also the author of Oscar: The Memoir of a Master Architect. Curator Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta-based visual artist, Curator for Hammonds House Museum and a consultant with the National Black Arts Festival. This exhibition is on display in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Giwayen Mata

Friday, December 30, 2016 • 3:00 p.m.

This is a free event, sponsored by the Office of Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, in collaboration with Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.  Join us as we present another season of purpose with the All Sistah Dancem Percussion and Vocal Ensemble - GIWAYEN MATA.  Celebrating Nia, the the 5th priciple, this event will include a communal libation and candle-lighting ceremony facilitated by community activist Malika SaraMaat Imhotep.  This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Libraries for 4 Black Lives @ AARL

Build a World Where Black Lives Matter

Community Discussion  

Saturday, January 21. 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration Libraries for 4 Black Lives (L4BL), will host a public forum on reaffirming the role of American Libraries as advocates against marginalization and injustice by upholding its core values of equity, civic engagement and intellectual freedom.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Jazz on Auburn Avenue

Celebration of Congo Square

Musical Concert 

Sunday, January 22. 4:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Jazz Lovers, will host Jazz on Auburn Avenue. Sponsored by the Atlanta Jazz Lovers, a local organization committed to providing free live jazz music at public venues, this concert will celebrate Congo Square, considered by many the birthplace of America’s only true art form.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.    

 

Celebrate and Elevate 

A Communal Conversation on Alvin Ailey

Community Discussion

Saturday, February 11. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Alvin Ailey Ambassadors of Atlanta, will host Celebrate and Elevate: A Communal Conversation on Alvin Ailey. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

From Old Guard to Vanguard: A Second Generation Panther by Malik Ismail

Author’s Discussion and Book Signing       

Saturday, February 25. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host local author and historian Malik Ismail, who will discuss his latest publication, From Old Guard to Vanguard: A Second Generation Panther. This compelling book explores the historical importance and the ongoing contemporary relevance of the Black Panther Party. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

 

Voices of Muslim Women from the U. S. South

Thursday, March 23. 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Public Lecture   

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of English, will host a screening of Voices of Muslim Women from the US South. Moroccan born filmmaker Dr. Maha Marouan, associate professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, explores Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students, who must navigate issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class on a daily basis. Dr. Maha Marouan will lead the film screening and accompanying lecture followed by a post screening question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi

Film Screening

Saturday, April 22. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in recognition of Earth Day (2017), will host a screening of Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. This extraordinary film reveals the captivating story of a Delta community called Mileston, in which sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s; and as landowners, became instrumental leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Voices and Flows

Spoken Word Poetry Event

Saturday, April 29. 3:00 p.m.

In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Voices and Flows. This community event will feature original poetry and spoken word performances.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Black Films Matter

Film Festival

Friday, May 19. – Sunday, May 21.

In celebration of the longstanding magic of Black Cinema, and its impact on the contemporary film, media, and culture, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Atlanta Film Society presents the BLACK MOVIES MATTER Film Series. A collection of feature films, short film blocks and panels, BLACK MOVIES MATTER serves to reframe the concept of classics, stimulate discussion, and honor the collective power of Black stories and Black storytellers.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

 

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