Events Listings

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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Art Exhibition

Monday, January 2, 2017 – Friday, March 31. 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.

 

The Burning Brush, I am Who I am
The Art of Athlone Clarke

Fine Art Exhibition

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 02, 2017  Exhibition Closing Event

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host The Burning Brush, I am Who I am: The Art of Athlone Clarke. On fire, but not consumed by the flames, The Burning Brush is an incendiary visual declaration by Athlone Clarke, one of arts most authentic and provocative voices. A metaphorical reference to Exodus 3:1-15 (King James Version), this multimedia exhibition, via a deft fusion of thoughtful brushwork, textual commentary and reclaimed documental artifacts, demands attention and inspires awe. This exhibition is on display in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s first floor Cary-McPheeters Gallery, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

STORIED STONE: ZIMBABWE SHONA ART
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Gallery, will host Storied Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Art. This exhibition on loan from 
the Zimbabwe Gallery, and the collection of gallery owner Colin Thompson, features authentic Shona works created by contemporary sculptors who honor the
cultural and artistic legacy of their ancestors via stone. Stone art produced from Zimbabwe are often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe 
historically engaged in sculpting from this region. Zimbabwe, derived from the Shona word dzimbadzamabwe, means ‘house of stone’. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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 event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
  

Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars

Photographic Exhibition 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars by renowned photographer Susan J. "Sue" Ross. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

 

The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston

Book Discussion and Signing

Thursday, March 30, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host author Michele Moore, who will discuss her latest publication, The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston. A story of families and friendships forged through struggle, loss, and redemption, this novel follows the parallel lives of working class family matriarchs, Cassie McGonegal and Meliah Amey Ravenel who labor on floors of the massive factory assembly lines segregated by gender and race,  in the storied port city of Charleston, South Carolina.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

 

Wielding Words Like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism 1995 – 2005

Community Lecture and Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African American Studies will host, acclaimed American Indian Movement activist and scholar Dr. Ward Churchill, who will discuss Wielding Words like Weapons, Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005. Challenging established historical narratives and conventional interpretations of current events, Wielding Words like Weapons is a powerful commentary on critical resistance, framed by the modern American Indian Movement in the United States.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Griot’s Corner with Dr. Stephane Dunn: Featuring Filmmaker Julie Dash
From Illusions to Daughters of the Dust and Beyond

Community Dialogue

Thursday, April 6, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. 

As part of an ongoing series, in collaboration with The Griot’s Corner with Dr. Stephane Dunn, Director of Morehouse College's Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host renowned American filmmaker Julie Dash. This intimate conversation facilitated by film scholar and author Dr. Stephane Dunn, will focus on Julie Dash’s pioneering career, enduring cinematic vision and her seminal filmography that authentically foregrounds the Black woman and her experiences across wide swaths of geography and time. This event will begin with a screening of the digitally remastered version of Julie Dash's early masterpiece Illusions, starring Lonette McKee. The Griot’s Corner with Dr. Stephane Dunn is a series of conversations with legendary and emerging Black filmmakers about their craft and the movie industry. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
Film Screening
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.
As part of an ongoing series in collaboration with The Griot’s Corner with Dr. Stephane Dunn, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of the newly restored Blu-ray edition for the seminal independent film Daughters of the Dust, by renowned American filmmaker Julie Dash. The first film to achieve a nationwide theatrical distribution by an African-American female director, Daughters of the Dust is a cinematic masterpiece, with a resonance and relevance that endures and is further enriched by the passage of time. Film scholar and author Dr. Stephane Dunn, Director of Morehouse College's Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) will facilitate a post screening community discussion. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Black Power Mixtape

Film Screening

Sunday, April 9, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.

In collaboration with The Baton Foundation, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of the documentary film The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. This impressionistic visual record of recent history is accompanied by the present-day reflections via contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars. The Black Power Mixtape  1967-1975, chronicles the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. This event will include a post screening discussion facilitated by Anthony Knight, Founder and President of The Baton Foundation which serves the emotional, cultural and intellectual needs of Black boys in Atlanta and in the African Diaspora. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi

Film Screening

Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 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.

 

In The Morning
Film Screening
Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Bronze Lens Film Festival will host a screening of In the Morning, written and directed by Nefertite Nguvu. A nuanced mapping of the emotional anatomy of inter-connected Black New Yorkers over the course of a single day; In the Morning captures the emotional complexity of contemporary friendships and modern romance. Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu, will facilitate a post screening community discussion. 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, 2017 • 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. 

 

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