Exhibition Visit & Curator Q & A | Hammonds House Museum ,Atlanta

Fri, Oct 22, 2021, 10:30 AM -
Fri, Oct 22, 2021, 11:30 AM

Event Location

1600 Peachtree Rd NW -, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States, 30309 Show on the map
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Event Description

Join the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective faculty and staff for a visit to the exhibition, Exhibiting Culture: Highlights from the Hammonds House Museum Collection and a Q & A with Executive Director and Chief Curator, Karen Comer Lowe.
Boasting more than 450 world-class works of art, the Hammonds House Museum permanent art collection dates from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. At the center of the collection are 250 works collected by the former owner of Hammonds House, Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, including work by master artist Romare Bearden and the oldest known painting by acclaimed landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson. Featured in the Exhibiting Culture show will be works by Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence, and many more.
Karen Comer Lowe worked as Manager and Curator of the Chastain Arts Center for 10 years. She has a passion for the arts and has experience in museums, galleries, and arts institutions for over twenty years. Karen has also worked in curatorial and educational positions in institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, the Tubman African American Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has also worked as an independent Art Advisor and Appraiser and has developed relationships with The Westminster School, famous personalities and many private clients.
Karen has built connections with artists and arts institutions nationwide. She also curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, and has worked with artists such as Amy Sherald, Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Elizabeth Catlett amongst many others. She has also given lectures on artists and art movements throughout the southeast. Karen has given workshops on collecting art throughout the region. In addition, she taught art history classes at Spelman College. In 2017, Karen received the honor of "Best Curator" in Creative Loafing’s "Best of Atlanta" issue.
During the pandemic, She worked with internationally known artist Hank Willis Thomas in placing the sculpture "All Power to All People" in Atlanta as a stop on its tour throughout the US. In addition, she developed an independent Instagram conversation series with artists and professional arts workers, within the African Diaspora; named Creative Conversations. This educational series is planned to engage the broader public in the visual arts. Karen has had conversations with Hank Willis Thomas, Hebru Brantley, Sheila Pree Bright, Halima Taha and others.
Nestled on a quiet residential street in Atlanta’s historic West End, Hammonds House Museum is a unique setting to explore the cultural diversity and legacy of artists of African descent. The Museum is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and a passionate arts patron. Shortly after his death in June 1985, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the leadership of Chairman Michael Lomax purchased the house and the collection of 250 artworks which Dr. Hammonds had amassed over the years. The property was purchased with the intention of it becoming the African American research library but the library board passed on the building. Edward S. Spriggs, who had been the director of Studio Museum of Harlem for seven years was now in Fulton County's Public Arts department and was watching the debates about how to use the newly acquired building with great interest. Spriggs submitted a proposal for an African American Museum to the board of commissioners which was adopted. The Hammonds House Galleries, a 501(c)3 organization, opened in 1988. The name was later changed to Hammonds House Museum.
Hammonds House Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 450 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Highlights of the collection include 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden and the oldest known painting by acclaimed landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson. Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, P.H. Polk, Hale Woodruff, and James Van Der Zee are among the scores of important regional, national, and international artists represented in the collection.
The Museum’s yearly calendar of events includes 4 visual art exhibitions by significant mid-career and established artists, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, art education for young people, as well as book readings, music concerts and more.
For 33 years, Hammonds House Museum has been a mecca for people seeking inspiration, interaction, and intellectual stimulation centered on art of the African Diaspora.
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