Art @ Agnes Scott College

State of the arts at ASC and around Atlanta — from students' perspectives!

Events: “Growth Spurt” at Danneman’s Coffee, 11/21


Exploring visual tactility for one night only.


Former Agnes Scottie Rhonda Lowry (now studying at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago) sent an invitation to a show she’ll be a part of this Saturday night. “Growth Spurt,” which will be shown for one night only on this Saturday, 11/21, and is the collaborative effort of 6 (mostly) Atlanta-based fiber artists (Ms. Lowry, April Leigh, Masha Kouznetsova, Aubrey Lonley-Cook, Corinne Kornder, and Jane Gillian Morrow). As the event info indicates, “the artists in this exhibit use their chosen processes of knitting, embroidery, twisting, binding, and much more to give life to material, to experiment with form and embellishment, and to expand our perception.” Sounds pretty cool! The show will run from 5pm-midnight in the upstairs of Danneman’s Coffee. (Click flyer image for the official Facebook event page.)

Danneman’s Coffee is located at 466 Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta, at the corner of Edgewood Ave. and Boulevard. No cost for attendance (though you should probably buy some coffee while you’re there).


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Talking Water, Talking Constructs (and The Taboo Question)

At the Talking Water event last week, visiting Professor of Biology Dr. Joanne Chu brought up the notion of how our reality is shaped by our language. In other words, how the very words we choose to communicate with essentially create meaning as their use (and the limitations of their use) shape and inform our perception of various people and events.

Case in point: The term “Water Wars” is often thrown around in describing the current conflict over water resources between Georgia, Alabama and Florida (not to mention a number of other places around the world). In fact, Linda Armstrong’s installation piece goes by that very title (pictured above, and currently up in the Still Water exhibit), and the work’s name is derived from the many headlines detailing these conflicts occurring all over the globe.

Based upon the concept of the linguistic construct, or the theory that the very words we choose to describe a situation impact the way in which we understand and deal with that situation, Dr. Chu posed the following questions: What if our governing bodies were female-lead? Would this change the way we understood and dealt with this conflict? (Would it even be considered a conflict?)

Perhaps surprisingly for an all-female institution of higher education, the response of the audience seemed to be largely one of doubt, silence, and a good part resistance.

While we may acknowledge that to simply say “A woman would have done it differently,” would be a generalization, and does little to explain the how and why of the matter, it remains for me an interesting and exciting mental exercise to wonder, “How might a woman (or any individual with historically less political sway than the average white, male, upper-class politician), approach this issue?”

(I don’t mean to diss white, male, upper-class folks here, only to consider the potential benefit of heteroglossia within our political system.)

So, would a female governor handle the current water situation differently? Depends on the individual woman, right? Myself, I think that we could definitely benefit from framing this issue differently. We know we have one watershed, and we have to learn how to share it between three states. Let’s start there: SHARE. How can the governors of each of these states hold their citizenry more accountable for their own personal water use? Educate us on the fact that our individual water usage doesn’t just impact our water bill, but a community of people spread across three states? Do we really need to be pitted against our friends and family across state lines in claiming that our water needs are truly higher, more dire?


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Field trip to explore exhibit on black female identity

Nine students and two faculty members enjoyed a trip to Spelman College Museum of Art’s exhibition: UNDERCOVER, Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities. Thanks to Anne Collins Smith, Curator of Collections for an engaging gallery talk.


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“Mater Matrix Mother & Medium,” 2009

A still from the video “Mater Matrix Mother & Medium,” a collaborative film based on the artwork by Mandy Greer—which is in the trees at ASC, near E. College & S. McDonough and tucked in near Presser Hall and Buttrick.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
7:00pm in the Dalton Gallery


If you are interested in art as advocacy, water issues and sustainability this is a happening for you!

“Talking Water” is a casual discussion with students, artists and environmentalists around the “STILL WATER” exhibition–anyone can take part in the conversation.

In conjunction with the “Still Water” exhibition, the Dalton Gallery presents “Talking Water,” an evening of discussion about artmaking and advocacy. Local artists from the exhibition along with students and environmentalists Shana Udvardy of the Georgia Conservancy & Jim Abbot of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper will be in attendance.

Exhibited artists include:
Linda Armstrong (GA), Linda Gass (CA), Mandy Greer (WA), Steve Jarvis (GA), Kathryn Kolb (GA), Michael Murrell (GA), William J. Nixon (GA), Aviva Rahmani (NY & ME), Jeff Rich (GA), Lauren Rosenthal (PA), Steven Sachs & Rebecca Des Marais (GA), Katherine Taylor (GA), Patricia Tinajero (TN via Ecuador), Stan Woodard (GA), Tom Zarrelli (GA)

Shana Udvardy is the Georgia Conservancy’s Water Program Manger and has been involved in state and regional initiatives to protect Georgia’s water quality and quantity.

Jim Abbot is chairman of Ogeechee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit advocacy organization that he co-founded. Located in Statesboro, Georgia, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper belongs to the international Waterkeeper Alliance and is a lead organization within the 165-member Georgia Water Coalition. Abbot is an adjunct professor of classics at Agnes Scott, where he has also been a director of foundation and corporate relations and assistant dean of the College.

This event is co-organized by the Dalton Gallery & the Office of Sustainability.

Aviva Rahmani, image from "SOS: Gulf to Gulf," 2009

"Ecological Art is an art practice, often in collaboration with scientists, city planners, architects and others, that results in direct intervention in environmental degradation. Often, the artist is the lead agent in that practice." —Aviva Rahmani


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Mandy Greer Crochet Event at Agnes Scott

Crochet River

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Luminous Cat performance at Le Flash 2009





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“Pink Seductions” by Lucha Rodriguez opens at Gallery Stokes


Opening installation for "Pink Seductions" by Luca Rodriguez

Having become something of a regular opening attendee at Gallery Stokes in Castleberry Hill, I had the good luck of seeing the new “Pink Seductions” show by SCAD graduate student Lucha Rodriguez, as part of the Gallery’s Emerging Artist Series. The show, which runs through this Saturday, explores the body as an “intimate private space” and includes some incredibly intricate, truly lovely work.

The following week, Craig Donkoski will open “Durations,” which will run through December 11. Look for a post on that post-Halloween!

Gallery Stokes is located in the Castleberry Hill Arts District, 261 Walker St. SW Atlanta, Ga. 30313. The Gallery is open by appointment as well as during Castleberry Hill 2nd Friday Art Strolls, 7-10 PM.


More from "Pink Seductions" by Lucha Rodriguez


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Nancy Pham ’10 discussing the artwork of Steve Jarvis at the opening of the “Still Water” exhibition

Nancy Pham '10 discussing the artwork of Steve Jarvis

Nancy Pham '10 discussing the artwork of Steve Jarvis

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Carol McWhorter ’10 discussing Steven Sachs & Rebecca Des Marais’ “Drought” at the opening of the “Still Water” exhibit.

Carol McWhorter discussing Steven Sachs and Rebecca DesMarais' "Drought"

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“Day of the Dead” at Eyedrum, Oct. 23-Nov 29

2nd Day of the Dead at Eyedrum, Oct 23-Nov 29

2nd "Day of the Dead" at Eyedrum, Oct 23-Nov 29

Friends and cool Atlanta weather are great! So is supporting your local non-profit arts space.

If you find yourself in Atlanta this pre-Halloween weekend, you really should head to the opening of Eyedrum’s 2nd “Day of the Dead” celebration on October 23rd (this Friday!). Running through November 29th, the branding group Tweet Design show “features over 70 identical, miniature coffins, all decorated in their own unique, artistic style and voice, by equally unique artists, musicians, and designers.” Adding to the festivities will be taquitos (!!!), tarot card readings, and in the Eyedrum tradition, some great live music provided by Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins.

Eyedrum is located at 290 Martin Luther King Dr., Suite 8, Atlanta GA 30312. For more information, check out their website.

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