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by Sally F. White
July 30, 2014 06:11 PM | 2592 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Means Street in west Midtown is hosting the premiere screening of the documentary “A History of Nexus: How an Artist Co-op Transformed Atlanta” Aug. 7.

The free, public evening film presentation will trace the unique story of the iconic Atlanta art center from art-oriented Nexus publications and studio programs to the present contemporary art complex.

Created as a master’s thesis by artist Alexandra Troxell, a Nexus Archive intern and recent graduate of Georgia State University, the movie traces the history of stakeholders in the center from 1973 through the 2000s.

Today it is a nonprofit, non-collecting institution dedicated to the creation, presentation and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists.

Metro Atlanta artists, connoisseurs and collectors will find the film an enlightening history of the area’s burgeoning contemporary art community.

Today’s center creates diverse cultural landscapes for artists, art professionals and the art-interested public through exhibitions, educational programming and studio artist programs.

Information: (404) 688-1970 or

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Another first for the National Black Arts Festival is set for Aug. 2 and 3 at The Loft at Center Stage on West Peachtree Street in Midtown.

The “Wisdom of the Cypher” hip-hop theater world premiere performance by Toni Blackman, a world-renowned writer, actress, rapper and activist, will offer the first high-energy montage of lyrical verse and spoken work.

Joined by Atlanta-based Beatboxer D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik (Andre Lett) and directed by Monica L. Williams with Courtland Hankins as the musical conductor, the spoken-word and digital projections will let images and music unfold a potential future for this format.

As the founder of the Freestyle Union Cipher Workshop, Blackman is considered a leader in the realm of hip-hop education and activism worldwide. She is also the first hip-hop envoy with the U.S. Department of State.

The aesthetic style of the “choreopoem” is a performance-art piece featuring freestyle, songs, monologues and storytelling and culminates in an inclusive cypher — a circle where artists gather to exchange ideas.

The festival is the longest-running, multi-disciplinary arts festival of the African diaspora in the world. For 26 years the Atlanta-based nonprofit has presented a series of annual events and exhibitions from renowned legends as well as emerging young artists to engage and inspire the public.

Tickets and Information: (404) 730-7315 or

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Atlanta artist Pam Rogers’ work will be spotlighted in an exhibition Aug. 14 through Sept. 13 at the Forward Arts Foundation’s Swan Coach House Gallery on Slaton Drive in Buckhead.

This end-of-summer “Terra Flora” exhibition follows nature-based influences from botanical illustrations and expands art history and anthropology in the imagery. The works examine the relationships between people, plants and place as Rogers strives to weave the strings of art and agriculture, myth and magic, healing and hurting into an inquisitive organic whole.

A public, meet-the-artist reception is set for Aug. 14 and hosted by Forward Arts volunteers Betsy Glenn, Helen Izlar, Katie Nalley, Deaver Neal, Liz Scott, Barbara Slick and Gretchen Taylor.

In 1965 a group of extraordinary women established the nonprofit foundation. The distinguished arts patrons transformed the carriage house of the Swan House estate on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center into a thriving restaurant, gift shop and art gallery and use monies from sales and fundraising events to support the visual arts in Atlanta.

Information: (404) 266-2636 or

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