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Past Event February 25, 2017 / 11:00am – 12:00pm
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.
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.
LocationGallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4
January 12, 2017 – April 2, 2017
June 24 / 7:30pm
ART PARTY 2023
It’s that time of year again — only 2023 marks our 50th Anniversary! Join us for our annual fundraiser — the night will transform the campus with programming, present you with special performances, and of course, Open Studios with our artists in the Studio Artist Program.