Clark Atlanta University Art Museum Fall 2023–24 Exhibition Season
From the venue:
“Hidden Gems: AUC Faculty and Staff Exhibition”
The Art Annuals created an unparalleled community of Black artists; this exhibit continues this tradition by celebrating the AUC and the growth of programs that focus on the visual arts, like the AUC Art Collective. Students are coming together to learn and explore Black Arts at Spelman Museum of Art and CAUAM but there is a population’s creativity whose work is unknown to all of us, the faculty and staff at CAU, Morehouse, and Spelman. The call for art was responded to by faculty and staff from a variety of departments and disciplines. Discover the depth of our community that is called the AUC, our Hidden Gems.
“The Audacious Platform”
“The Audacious Platform” foregrounds the significance of Clark Atlanta University as a site for the display and critical examination of African American art from the forties until the present. A limited survey of the permanent collection, it includes works acquired during the Atlanta Annuals (1942-1970), which was an ambitious and surprisingly bold endeavor that emphasized African American art in an era when black art was rarely considered in mainstream institutions. The works from the Annuals are contrasted with later acquired pieces that provide insight into the institution’s presentation of African diaspora art from the American and Global South.
From “Black Spring” to the Eternal
Inspired by Charles Alston’s 1962 painting “Black Spring” and a work from David Driskell’s “Young Pines” series, this exhibition highlights depictions of natural scenery and their metaphorical implications from the permanent collection. Ranging from visual commentaries about sociopolitical issues to the idea of transcendence, these works, which were created from 1905 to 2015, encourage reflection on the ways African American artists engage rural, urban, and cosmic landscapes to convey ideas about their place within society. It also draws attention to explorations of humanity in relation to spiritual and celestial realms.
“Wilay Mendez Paez: Portals to a New World”
“Wilay Mendez Paez: Portals to a New World” provides insight into the artistic practice of the Atlanta-based, Afro-Cuban artist. Wilay is the inaugural fellow for The Workshop, a multi-year Clark Atlanta University Art Museum initiative that seeks to close the distance between artist and audience by highlighting the steps fundamental to the creative process. The artist will conduct a series of public workshops illustrating the role of writing, sketching, and modeling in his work. He will also expand an existing project that uses sculpture rather than face covers to give visual form to masks as a broad concept. Masks, for Wilay, are more than a form of disguise and ornamentation. His sculptures, similar to performances in costumes in African and African Diaspora masquerades, draw attention to objects as conduits for reflection about social interactions. They conceal, protect, and serve as a site for developing new vantage points.
This project was made possible with funding support from the City of Atlanta/Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
For groups larger than ten (10), please email Sol Mason at dmason at cau.edu to reserve space for your group.