Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Georgia Museum of Art to feature in UGA's "Spotlight on the Arts 2014" Festival

The UGA Arts Council's third annual Spotlight on the Arts festival is set to take place over nine days, Nov. 6-14, and will feature a number of events focusing on cultural arts enrichment and education. The Georgia Museum of Art in particular will be hosting various events associated with the festival along with its ongoing exhibitions.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Laura Valeri, associate curator of European Art, will be leading a Tour at Two event at 2 p.m. about the recently opened exhibition "The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon's St. Anthony." At 7 p.m. that evening, there will be a showing of "The Past is a Grotesque Animal," a 2014 documentary about of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes. The film, funded by a $100,000 Kickstarter campaign, offers a personal look into how the singer's dedication to music and art led him to shirk society and relationships. This screening ties into current museum exhibition "The … of E6, Part of Athens Celebrates Elephant Six" on view through Jan. 4, 2015.

The following day, independent curator of "Emilio Pucci in America" Mary Koon will be giving a Tour at Two about the exhibition at 2 p.m. On Saturday Nov. 8, the museum will host a special extended Family Day themed around it's 66th birthday, which will include a scavenger hunt in the permanent collection as well as the opportunity for children to design art-inspired birthday cards and personalized buttons as souvenirs.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, another Tour at Two will be offered by Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American Art, on "American Landscape in the Permanent Collection" at 2 p.m. Throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can paint empty ceramic bowls with glazes that will be used in March 2015 for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's yearly Empty Bowls Luncheon ($7 to participate).

"Artbots" begins on Wednesday, November 12 at the museum. This experiential display allows visitors to interact with members of The Hatch, an Athens makerspace, and different art-making machines. On the same day at 2 p.m. visitors can also join William U. Eiland, museum director, for a Tour at Two of the permanent collection. At 3:30 p.m., the performance of "Adwords/Edward" will mark the first composition made about, for, and on Google Glass, a show that musically explores the consequences of wearable technology.

Thursday, Nov. 13, will mark the second day of Artbots, as well as an Artful Conversation event at 2 p.m. with Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, about the painting "Little Grand Canyon Yellow" by Howard Thomas. Later that evening at 5:30 p.m., the museum will screen "Earth Red: Howard Thomas Paints a Gouache," Jim Herbert's first film. At 6 p.m., Make it an Evening ($5 for refreshments) will feature desserts and a tour led by Pierre Daura Curator of European Art Lynn Boland. Wrapping up the day is Student Night at the Georgia Museum of Art from 8-10:30 p.m.

On the final day of the festival, Friday, Nov. 14, Artbots will still be available at the museum and a Tour at Two focusing on the exhibition "An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab" will be led by Lamar Dodd professor of ancient art history Mark Abbe.

For a full schedule of events and more information about the festival, visit the UGA Spotlight on the Arts webpage.

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