“Southern” at ATHICA

“Southern” explores the emotional depth and aesthetic diversity of nine artists, spanning four generations, who are interrelated in their “radical contemporaneity.” Through photography, video, and sculpture, they present an aesthetically rich installation that questions boundaries between art and religion, aesthetic and documentary practice, and folk and fine art. Southern features many never-before-seen works.

Participating Artists

Stanley Bermudez (Athens, GA) – Drék Davis (Bernice, LA) – Hope Hilton (Winterville, GA) – Ted Kuhn (Athens, GA) – Michael Lachowski (Athens, GA)- Judy Rushin (Tallahassee, FL)- Sam Seawright (New York, NY) & John Seawright (Athens, GA) – Steven Thompson (Brooklyn, NY) – James Perry Walker and the family of Washington Harris of the Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple (Memphis, TN)

Affiliated Events

Friday, February 3
7-9 p.m.
Grit-Off! with performance: Keep Hope Alive
Enjoy a grits competition judged by local restaurateurs and a Ted Kuhn performance addressing the relationship between the Hope Scholarship and the Georgia Lottery. $6.00 suggested donation includes tasting and voting (but no one turned away for lack of funds).

Friday, February 17
6:30-8 p.m.
The Universe of John Seawright
A multimedia and literary event honoring the late Athens poet and author John Seawright, with readings by Coleman Barks, Laura Carter, Dana Downs, Allan Flurry, Pete McCommons and southern food by area restaurants. $12 Suggested donation includes victuals (but no one turned away for lack of funds).

Sunday, February 19
2-4 p.m.
Children’s Event: Stitching Stars: A Southern Paper Quilt Event with artist Hope Hilton and education coordinator Sage Rogers.
2:00 Storytelling with Hope Hilton
2:30 Gallery Tour
2:45 Paper Quilt Making!
Hear the story of Harriet Powers and her quilts! Artist Hope Hilton will be reading the children’s book “Stitching Stars”, based on the life of Athens’ most famous quilt maker. After that we will take a quick tour of the gallery exhibition, culminating in an art project based on Hilton’s piece for the exhibit. With this as inspiration, we will work with kids of all ages to create a paper quilt square with their very own story. $3.00-$6.00 Suggested Donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)!

Sunday, March 4
3-6 p.m.
Curator & Artist Panel Discussion and other events. Featuring a lecture by Curator Judith McWillie on the Saint Paul Spiritual Holy Temple of Memphis, TN. Free!

Through April 1.

ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc.
160 Tracy Street, Unit 4
Athens, GA 30601

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