Celebrate the openings of the new exhibition. 

Since its inception in 1985 and revival in 2016, the exhibition has addressed the deep vernacular traditions at work in the art of the Southeast. The 2021 Atlanta Biennial does this while simultaneously confronting the social issues caused by COVID-19, racism, inequality, and the essential role artists play in our understanding this moment and movement.

Atlanta Contemporary publicly announced the curators, Dr. Jordan Amirkhani (Of Care and Destruction) and TK Smith (Virtual Remains) in February of 2020 one month prior to the mandated shelter-in-place announcements throughout the country. Though the intent to commission new work by artists from around our city and region remain, both curators quickly recognized their challenge in navigating the anxiety, grief, and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and how best to elucidate these collective sentiments.

Exhibition Opening

Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 11:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday, February 21, 2021 | 11:00pm - 6:00pm

We encourage those with health concerns or who wish to visit with fewer people in the galleries to register for the 11:00am-12:00pm time slot. This morning slot will allow at-risk visitors to explore the space before the crowds arrive. Other visitors, please consider registering for 12pm and onward.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means Street. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.

Please RSVP with the link above or click here.

Members are invited to a member preview of the show on February 19, 2021! Get exclusive access to the shows before the general public.

For your safety and ours, all guests and Members must have a timed ticket or reservation. A limited number of visitors will be admitted every hour.

Visitors will receive a confirmation email. Please arrive on time. If you arrive late you will be admitted only if capacity allows. Entry is not guaranteed to those who walk up.

Safety Guidelines

All Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times.

Visitors are expected to follow health guidelines on social distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet apart at all times. Atlanta Contemporary has designated maximum capacity for the galleries and project spaces as well as indicated traffic flow.

All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, and hand sanitation is located throughout the galleries.

See our Visitor Guidelines for more information.


Dr. Jordan Amirkhani

Dr. Jordan Amirkhani is a Professorial Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at American University in Washington, DC. She received her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom in 2015 and has published scholarship on the Franco-Cuban painter and polemicist Francis Picabia, the British conceptual art collective Art & Language, and the photographic work of Crow artist Wendy Red Star. Recent curatorial projects include Identity Measures, an exhibition of 23 New Orleans-based artists for the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans’ 2019 Open Call exhibition, and DIALOGUES, an inaugural exhibition of 32 artists for STABLE—a subsidized studio, gallery, and educational space in northeast Washington, DC. In addition to her academic scholarship, Jordan also writes art criticism for a number of contemporary art publications including Artforum, Art Practical, Baltimore Arts, and Burnaway.org. Her emphasis on contextualizing contemporary art and artists working in the American Southeast garnered her a prestigious Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation “Short-Form” Writing Grant in 2017 and three nominations for The Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

TK Smith

TK Smith is a Philadelphia based writer, art critic, and curator. Smith is currently a PhD candidate in the American Civilization Program at the University of Delaware. He received his MA in American Studies and his BA in English and African American Studies from Saint Louis University. Smith’s research interests lie in American art, material culture, and the built environment. Smith most recently curated Looming Chaos at the Zuckerman Museum of Art as an inaugural Tina Dunkley Fellow at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. The 2020 exhibition featured the fiber abstractions of Atlanta based artist Zipporah Camille Thompson. His writing has been published in Art Papers, Burnaway, and ARTS ATL.



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