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Exhibition Opening

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4pm

Guy Gabon: Soleil de la Conscience, John WIlson: A Sense of Something Universal, and Crafting for Life - A Permanent Collection Exhibition. 


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. 


#ProtectYoHeARTDay Honoring Nipsey Hussle

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 Brightand 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 with Martina Dodd

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.

Artist Talk with Sheila Pree Bright 

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 with Alfred Conteh

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.