Tops Gallery

Tops Gallery

Marja Vallila

January 9, 2017 – February 26, 2017

Founded in 1973 as an alternative to the more established art and culture hierarchy – Atlanta Contemporary was founded on the principles of engaging in experimentation and risk-taking through varying exhibitions, programming, and support of working artists. Our founders created an artist-run space in the truest sense of the term.

Here in the South, we do not see an overabundance of art institutions dedicated to the art of our time which makes exhibitions, performances, screenings, and publications that emerge from artist-run spaces even more important, more vital to what our region has exposure to. Atlanta Contemporary wants to shine a light on some of the current crop of exceptional artist-run spaces operating in our region. Located in our former SHOP (Gallery 6), we invite these spaces for a two month take over. They will have carte blanche to exhibit, play, and experiment. We look forward to seeing how these spaces reflect, expand, and update the ethos of our own early days.

Tops Gallery is a contemporary art space located in downtown Memphis. The program aims to create surprising and challenging exhibitions that engage the local community in Memphis, TN and beyond.

Photos courtesy of Tops Gallery and Amber Bernard.


Mild Climate (Nashville) August 27th – October 2016 
Good Children (New Orleans) November - December of 2016 
Tops Gallery (Memphis) January - February 2017 
Institute 193 (Lexington) March - April of 2017 
The Fuel And Lumber Company (Birmingham) May-June 2017


Gallery 6 gallery map

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