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Wilay Méndez Páez: Portals to a New World (Portales a un Nuevo Mundo)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 4 – 7 pm

Join us on October 6th for the opening of Wilay Méndez Páez: Portals to a New World (Portales a un Nuevo Mundo). This exhibition provides insight into the artistic practice of Atlanta-based, Afro-Cuban artist Wilay Méndez Páez. Wilay is the inaugural fellow for The Workshop, a multi-year Clark Atlanta University Art Museum initiative that seeks to close the distance between artist and audience by highlighting the steps fundamental to the creative process. The exhibition includes drawings, collages, and sculptures that show how Wilay moves from a vague, not fully formed idea to the realization of a material object. Damaged and cast-off things become a gateway, or portal, to a world of possibilities. Reserve your timed ticket here.

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Interlude 20/21

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 11 – 7 pm

Join us on October 6th for the opening of Interlude 20/21 highlights recent acquisitions in relation to works from the museum’s permanent collection. Each work provides insight into how an artist has reckoned with key issues and artistic trends of their time. We are particularly enthusiastic about the addition of works by Atlanta-based artists. They reveal that artists in the American South, and Black cultural institutions, continue to transform the visual landscape of the twenty-first century in profound ways.


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Our Covid-19 Policies

To ensure the safety of our staff members and visitors, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM) is limiting the number of people in the museum to 10 at a time to allow for social distancing while viewing the exhibitions in each gallery space. All guests are required to wear masks inside the museum and will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering. Timed tickets are only for one hour.

If you are sick, are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to the virus, we ask that you stay home and wait until you have a negative COVID-19 test and/or have been cleared by a doctor to visit CAUAM.

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A Conversation with Kiese Laymon and Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, February 15, 2020, 4 – 5:15 pm

Join us on February 17th from 4:00pm-5:15pm for a conversation with Kiese Laymon and Jesmyn Ward. This discussion is being brought to you by The New MississippiS Project, a collaboration between universities and museums in the southeastern United States, and the African American Read-In at Augusta University. This public program will serve as an educational platform that engages contemporary writers from Mississippi to deepen the discussion about the intersection of ecological and sociopolitical injustice. RSVP here

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Artist in Dailouge at ZMA

Please join our Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows this Wednesday in conversation with Atlanta based artists Krista Clark and Zipporah Camille Thompson at the Zuckerman Museum of Art. The galleries open at 6:00 pm with the conversation beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.
The event is free and open to the public.

Clark and Thompson's art works are featured in "UNBOUND" and "Looming Chaos" now on view until May 10th at the Zuckerman. The exhibitions approach abstraction and its utility in interrogating identity, politics, and artistic expression.

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For more information on "UNBOUND" and "Looming Chaos,"

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Opening of or L’Autre Bord & Black and Blur

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4 – 6 pm

The Bridge of Beyond, or L’Autre Bord, is the final project for Black Optics Artist in Residence Guy Gabon. It consists of a new body of work inspired by her engagement with both the museum’s collection and the city of Atlanta. 

Black and Blur features a large-scale installation and abstract paintings by Atlanta-based artist Michi Meko. The title is inspired by the work of Fred Moten. In Black and Blur: consent not to being a single being, Moten uses his intimate knowledge of music and performance to expand understanding of the concept of blackness. Meko shares with Moten a desire to give form to blackness as an aesthetic and human experience. Meko’s concern with color, material, and the meditative seamlessly come together in the large-scale installation.

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Opening of Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows’ Exhibitions at ZMA

January 25, 2019 3-7 pm at the Zuckerman Museum of Art

Join our Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows, Nzinga Simmons and TK Smith for their opening of their exhibitions "UNBOUND" and "Looming Chaos," at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

The exhibitions are the cumulative projects of the inaugural Tina Dunkley Fellows. The multi-institutional, cross-regional curatorial fellowship is a collaborative project between Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The fellowship is meant to foster the next generation of museum professionals.

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Exhibition Opening

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4-6 pm

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

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Black Optics Artist Residency  

The Black Optics Artist Residency Program is for emerging and established artists of the African Diaspora. The artist-in-residence is expected to create a new work that is connected to either the museum’s permanent collection or a temporary exhibition. The visiting artist will also develop programming that involves sharing their work and area of expertise (e.g. printmaking, sculpting, playwriting, fashion design) with faculty and students at Clark Atlanta University and broader Atlanta communities.  

The artist residency program supports Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’ goal of being a center for the presentation and critical study of African Diaspora art and museum praxis. The visiting artist is given time and space for creative growth and experimentation. Their project should generate new perspectives about the museum’s permanent collection, exhibition, and/or contemporary museum practices. 

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CAUAM 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.

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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. 

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#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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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