Atlanta Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition with Lonnie Holley. Holley will be discussing his process and current body of work. His artist book, CDs, and LPs will be available for purchase. A special thanks to Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston, SC), and Dust-To-Digital (Atlanta, GA) for providing us with his merchandise for the duration of the exhibition.

Bio

Lonnie Holley

Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs (grave digger, cotton picker, and short-order cook at Disney World) before making his first artwork at the age of 29. Self taught, he started carving sculptures from sandstone and then settled on his preferred material: found objects. Holley has made totemic sculptures from items such as steel scrap, plastic flowers, melted televisions, defunct machines, and crosses.

Holley was included in the seminal exhibition More than Land and Sky: Art From Appalachia at the National Museum of American Art in 1981. In 2013 The Whitney Museum, NY, most recently hosted Holley’s debut New York performance concurrent to the museum’s Blues for Smoke exhibition. His work is included in museum collections, including; Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI; Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; and the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY. Holley has also gained recognition for his music, and he has collaborated with the indie-rock bands Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective.


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October 8 / 12:30pm
Contemporary Talks

A Conversation Between Sister Cities

Les Abattoirs and Atlanta Contemporary

Presented by Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States
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Atlanta Contemporary and Les Abattoirs partner together for a dynamic conversation between executive directors, Veronica Kessenich and Annabelle Ténèze, and how they steward their respective organizations through these unprecedented times.

October 17 / 12:00pm
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Discrit

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Join us for Discrit, a free art education initiative spanning lectures, screenings, workshops, and panels designed to foster lively conversation and speculation about contemporary art and culture.

October 25 / 12:00pm
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A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.

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