Measured in Moments

Measured in Moments

In Collaboration with The Safe House Museum


October 4, 2018 – December 1, 2018

Atlanta Contemporary presents Measured in Moments, an off-site exhibition at The Safe House, a black history museum located in Greensboro, Alabama.

Measured in Moments considers the ways in which shifting responsibilities impact culture, community, and how we are known, even to ourselves. It’s about the visible and invisible, learned and self-taught power dynamics. It’s about the robbery of time, leading to the robbery of self. It’s about the one hour a day that is our own, to practice personal devotion, to commit courageous thinking. The show looks at gestures of refusal; not taking just half, but wanting so much more.

Featuring work by Paul Stephen Benjamin, Archie Byron, Myra Greene, Lonnie Holley, and Cosmo Whyte.

This exhibition is located at The Safe House Museum at 2401 Davis St. in Greensboro, Alabama. Operating hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays.

About The Safe House

On the night of March 21, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. sought refuge from the Ku Klux Klan inside a small shot gun style home in the depot neighborhood of Greensboro, Alabama. Today that house is known as The Safe House Black History Museum. It is a site of great significance to American Black History as well as the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The museum documents the struggle for equality at the local level, along with other highlights of the civil rights movement in hale county. The Safe House Museum is unique as it contains many artifacts of the struggle from slavery to equality, as well as unpublished local and state photos of the civil rights movement. There is living history at the museum as it is directed by Ms. Theresa Burroughs, a Greensboro native who participated actively as a foot soldier during the movement. Theresa and her family kept Martin Luther King Jr. safe in their home on the night of March 21, 1968.

The Safe House Black Historic Museum is an educational non-profit corporation of Greensboro, AL which has as its mission to preserve the unique culture and history of the rural, black belt south. The museum seeks to achieve its mission through: the promotion of African American heritage in the arts, mass media, and history, the promotion of the importance of preserving historic structures and documents, and the promotion of cultural research and documentation.

Bios

Paul Stephen Benjamin

Paul Stephen Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from Georgia State University. Last spring, Benjamin mounted the solo exhibition Come Over at The Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, GA, and his video installation Black is the Color was exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. His work has been on exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in the Exquisite Corpse and the Coloring exhibitions. He was also featured in the group exhibition Emerging Artist Award Winners 15th Year Retrospective Exhibition at The Swan Coach House. Among his awards to date are the Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Diasporal Rhythms Artists Recognition Award, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program, and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award.

Archie Byron

Archie Byron is an American artist who was born in 1928. Archie Byron has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Shrine and at the Speed Art Museum. There have been many articles about Archie Byron, including ‘High Museum of Art Receives 54 Artworks from Souls Grown Deep Foundation’ written for ARTFIXdaily in 2017. Archie Byron was a childhood playmate of Martin Luther King Jr., but never marched with him during the civil rights era, stating that he would not do so unless he could carry his shotgun. He founded the first African American-owned private-investigator firm in the United States. Following King’s assassination, the King family hired Byron’s firm as bodyguards. From 1981 to 1990, Byron served as a member of the Atlanta City Council.

Myra Greene

Greene uses a diverse photographic practice to explore representations of race.  Greene is currently working on a new body of work that uses African textiles as a material and pattern to explore her own relationship to culture. She received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography and has completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work is in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the Princeton University Art Museum.  Myra Greene’s work has been featured in nationally exhibitions in galleries and museums including The New York Public Library, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Museum of  the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Sculpture Center in New York City. Myra Greene was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides in Atlanta Georgia, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Spelman College. 

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.

Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. He attended Bennington College in Vermont for his BFA, the Maryland Institute College of Art for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has been included in such exhibitions as the 2013 Forward Arts Foundation Artist of the Year Retrospective in Atlanta, GA, Outward Reach: 9 Jamaican Photography and New Media Artists at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, African Continuum at the United Nations Gallery in New York, Movers and Shakers at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the 2010 and 2014 Jamaica Biennials. He was the 2010 winner of the Forward Art Foundation’s emerging artist of the year award, and the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” in 2015. Cosmo Whyte is currently a professor at Morehouse College.

Location

The Safe House Museum at 2401 Davis St. in Greensboro, Alabama Off-site event


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