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The Sweet Spot Book Signing with Alfred Conteh

Saturday, June 29th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

You are cordially invited to join us at the museum this Saturday, June 29th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for The Sweet Spot  exhibition catalog book signing with Alfred Conteh!

The Sweet Spot exhibition and catalog contributes to a growing interest in examining the significance of the South in relation to the production of African American art and critical intellectual thought. The catalog chronicles the two-part exhibition, inspired by Conteh’s painting The Sweet Spot.

The exhibitions pulls from Conteh’s Two Fronts and Tetanus series. Part one highlights landscapes as specific sites and as territories of the mind, while part two features portraits of African Americans from the southside of Atlanta. Together, they demonstrate the artist’s desire to make an explicit connection between his subjects and the difficult environments in which they reside despite the tensions between the rhetoric of Atlanta as renaissance and reality of many of its residents.

The full color catalog, produced through a partnership with Kavi Gupta Gallery, includes an essay by the curator, Dr. Maurita Poole, and additional commentary. 

Book Signing with Sheila Pree Bright 

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1 - 2pm 

The Art Museum presents a book signing with Sheila Pree Bright, photographic artist and visual producer of Radical Lens, currently on view through June.

Join us on June 8th to view Radical Lens and purchase a copy of #1960Now the book. With over 25,000 copies sold, the content is a collection of history that offers a look at youth activism from the past and now. Museum Director, Maurita Poole, Ph.D., comments on the images in the exhibition, which are also in Bright's book, stating "These protest photographs presuppose an audience inundated by images on social media. Her focus on activists’ signs and texts, rather than on specific leaders, subverts initial expectations of civil rights photography.  Instead of lionizing individuals, Bright presents social justice advocacy in Black Lives Matter as a collective endeavor that involves the decentering of leadership and skillful use of social media."

CAU Art Museum Announces New Acquisitions

Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – April 30, 2019 – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today announced that it has acquired six new works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation (SGDF) for the University’s permanent collection. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is the foremost collection of artworks by artists from the African American South. The newly acquired works for CAU contribute to and expand the collection by adding textiles and work by folk artists.

Clark Atlanta University Art Museum is the second historically black university (HBCU) to receive a gift of works from the foundation. The selected works for the Clark Atlanta Art Museum collection include four Gee’s Bend quilts, with an emphasis on Bricklayer and Medallion motifs, as well as sculptures by Thornton Dial Jr. and Dilmus Hall. These works will be shown in the exhibition “Crafting a Life” during the 2019–2020 academic year.

CAU joins three other institutions in expanding the collection: Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and The Phillips Collection.   SGDF’s collection transfer program is designed to strengthen the presentation of African American artists from the Southern United States in the permanent collections of leading museums across the world. With the addition of these four museums, the foundation has now placed more than 350 works by over 100 artists in 16 institutions, primarily through a combination of gift/purchase.


For more information, please contact Dr. Maurita Poole at mpoole@cau.edu or 404-880-8671.



Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Join CAUAM on April 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for an open gallery experience as we live-stream the Love Is open mic and town hall conversation conducted by National artists Sheila Pree Bright and Alfred Conteh for Protect Yo Heart Day!

Bright and Conteh's work, which is currently on view at the museum through June, illustrates the role of visual art in community preservation and social justice advocacy. They will present themes in their work which connect to the #ProtectYoHeART campaign created in 2009 by @UncuttART. It was introduced to the world at Art Basel (2014) with his first mural in Wynwood (Miami). The #ProtectYoHeART stencil can be seen in every major city across the United States, and it is much more than just art; it is symbolic in inspiring people to honor self-love and self-appreciation. The art campaign has grown organically, resulting in over 3 million social media posts and over 1 billion likes on Instagram.

Love Is Open Mic & The Sweet Spot II | 4:00 to 5:00 pm 
To participate, email cauartmuseum@gmail, message us on social media @cauArtMuesum, or arrive early to sign-up for open mic! Express affirmations and meditations in alignment with the Protect Yo Heart call to actions.

Conversation with Sheila Pree Bright & Alfred Conteh | 5:00 to 5:30 pm 
Bright and Conteh will discuss their works in regard to the campaign and the impact of Nipsey Hussle's love and struggle for the community. Bright will discuss her earlier work shooting hip hop culture in Houston Texas and images of the rapper Scarface, featured in the book Contact High: A Visual History in Hip-Hop Culture. Conteh will focus on his body of work inspired by daily life in areas of Atlanta where mostly African Americans reside. 

Town Hall with Artists & Audience | 5:30 to 6:00 pm 
The artists will open the conversation to museum guests.

Curator Talk

March 21, 2019

Join us on Thursday, March 21st for the Black Interiors curator talk with Martina Dodd. The exhibition, drawn entirely from Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’s permanent collection, calls attention to interior spaces as sites of liberation and creative expression. Within the enclosed walls of the home African Americans have re-envision space as freedom, fashioning their dwellings to reflect their personal values and cultural memory.

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Artist Talk 

October 25, 2018

Join us today, Thursday 10/25, as Sheila Pree Bright discusses the #1960Now series, a documentation of current social justice movements. Rather than the black-and-white portraiture characteristic of the series, this show highlights her still shots on aluminum and the video Art + Intersections. Juxtaposing iconic moments from the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, Bright’s video shows similarities in the activism of the two eras. At the same time, she thoughtfully connects artistic design, technological innovation, and the pursuit of social justice.

Artist Talk

October 28, 2018

Join us this Sunday as Alfred Conteh discusses The Sweet Spot. This two-part exhibition revisits Alfred Conteh’s Two Fronts and Tetanus series. It takes its name from one of his landscape paintings and explores the notion of freedom in relation to living one’s best life. The first part of the exhibition emphasizes Conteh’s landscape paintings. The second, which will open in February, focuses on portraiture. Both landscapes and portraits are contrasted with an on-site installation and sculpture from the artist’s Tetanus series.