Events Listings

Continue to follow the AARL events page and social media for expansion project updates and ongoing events and exhibitions with the Hammonds House Museum and other collaborative community partners.

 

All events and exhibitions listed will be offsite until the completion of the Library expansion. Please check each event for location.

 

Open Season
Art Exhibit by Shanequa Gay
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
Opening event and Artist Talk, Sunday, January 25, 2015
Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Open Season by renowned artist Shanequa Gay. A compelling visual critique on the systematic disenfranchisement of African American males in the United States, Open Season is a dramatic exploration of the plight and perceptions of Black males in contemporary American culture. This exhibition will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

 

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs
Book Discussion and Book Signing 
Sunday, March 01, 2015 • 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2015), the Southwest Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host one of America’s most popular living playwrights and best-selling author Pearl Cleage, who will discuss her latest publication Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs. In this deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs raises women’s confessional writing to the level of great literature. This event will be held at the Southwest Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.

 

 

Glory of Ancient Africa: Great Empires
Community Lecture
Monday, March 02, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
The Southwest Branch Library, in collaboration with the Teacher Transformation Institute and the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host educator and activist Chike Akua, who will facilitate the Glory of Ancient Africa: Great Empires. This community lecture will examine the magnificent history of various African empires that, at their height, were the equal of any contemporary civilizations in Europe or Asia. This event will be held at the Southwest Branch Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.

 

 

African Art, Women, History: The Luba People of Central Africa

Film Screening

Saturday, March 14. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2015), the Southwest Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, will host a screening of the documentary film, African Art, Women, History: The Luba People of Central Africa. This film explores the gendered visual iconography found in Luba artistry, paying close attention to its emphasis on the female form and how art sustains the collective memory of a people. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

 

Black Girl in Moscow

Book Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, March 14. 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host playwright and professional model, Jacqueline Clay Chester, who will discuss her latest publication Black Girl in Moscow. This engaging memoir highlights Jacqueline Clay Chester’s pioneering role in the American fashion industry of the 1960’s, focusing on her experience as one of three African American fashion models in the socially and politically controversial 1959 American Fashion Exhibition in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This event will be held at the Southwest Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.

 

 

Double Vals
The Keys To Success In College And Life Beyond

Book Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, March 21, 2015 • 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2015), the Southwest Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, nationally acclaimed co-valedictorians of Spelman College’s 2013 graduating class, with matching 4.0 GPA's. The Bronner twins will discuss their latest publication Double Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond, a masterful roadmap to personal growth, professional excellence and holistic success via education and faith. This event will be held at the Southwest Branch Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.

 



Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth

Film Screening
Monday, March 30, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2015), the Southwest Library, Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, will host a screening of the documentary film, Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth. This film is an intimate conversation with Elizabeth Catlett, whose technically flawless abstracted sculptures of the human form reflected her deep concern with the African American experience and the struggle for dignity and social justice. This event will be held at the Southwest Branch Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth

Film Screening
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 • 1:00 p.m.
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2015), the West End Library, Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, will host a screening of the documentary film, Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth. This film is an intimate conversation with Elizabeth Catlett, whose technically flawless abstracted sculptures of the human form reflected her deep concern with the African American experience and the struggle for dignity and social justice. This event will be held at the West End Library, 525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta 30310. 

 

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