Weekend Arts Agenda: Art & Dialogue at the Contemporary April 09 2015

A weekly roundup of cultural happenings going on from Thursday to Sunday


Aram Moshayedi, curator at the [hammer.ucla.edu/|Hammer Museum] in Los Angeles, has worked with such as Maria Hassabi and Mario Garcia Torres on projects aimed for west coast audiences. Artist Carter Mull has been based and producing work in Los Angeles since 2004, but he claims a much larger world view — born in Atlanta, studied in Rhode Island, spent formative years in New York, created solo exhibitions in Switzerland and France, and travels often — culminating in what is undoubtedly a unique and formidable cultural awareness. Thurs., April 9, at 7 p.m., both Mull and Moshayedi will participate in a conversation as part of the Art & Dialogue program by Artadia, which is partnering with the [http://clatl.com/atlanta/julie-delliquanti-the-arts-leader/Content?oid=13071729|Atlanta Contemporary Art Center] and Burnaway. In its inaugural season, the Art & Dialogue program attempts to bridge connections between artists, curators, and audiences in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. More details can be found here.



  • Courtesy of Nelson Street Gallery

Currently based in Oakland, Cali., and originating from Maui, Hawaii, mixed media artist Cianna Valley is fascinated with memory. “I like the idea that thoughts can be revisited and re-imagined to such an extent that they become fictitious images built out of elements of several realities,” Valley says. In her solo exhibition Old Growth, Valley attempts to create a visual record of past and present through print, sculpture and mixed media installation at Nelson Street Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Fri., April 10, from 7-11 p.m., and will include sounds by DJ Cousin Dan. More info available here.



MOCA GA's founder and director Annette Cone-Skelton and GATHERED juror John D. Lawrence are coming together on Sat., April 11 for an informal discussion of GATHERED: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists and the work of artists Alvaro Alvillar, Maria Artemis, Angus Galloway, Liselott Johnsson, W. Chester Old, Michael Roman, Jerry Siegel, and Caomin Xie. GATHERED spotlights some of Georgia’s best artists — with only 77 chosen out of over 1,000 submissions, the level of quality is undoubtedly high. If you haven’t had time to stop by, know that this it is your last chance to see the exhibition before it closes. Admission is free, so if you want an excuse you’ll have to get creative. More details available here.



  • Courtesy of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

In 1936, Walter Rich, the founder of Rich’s department store, wanted to introduce the world to Atlanta and its blooming dogwood trees with a week-long event of parades, pageants, and carnivals. Almost 80 years later, the city of Atlanta will still pop a Claritin-D and head to Piedmont Park for a cultural celebration. From Fri., April 10, to Sun., April 12, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival will host musical performances, backyard barbecues, a 5K, and an artist’s market sure to impress. For a full schedule of events and detailed information regarding tickets, click here.