Thursday, November 03, 2016

"Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective"

"Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective" opens this Saturday, November 5, during the University of Georgia's Spotlight on the Arts festival. In this exhibition, the Georgia Review — the university's highly regarded journal of arts and letters — celebrates the wide-ranging roster of visual artists whose work it has reproduced with a selected retrospective of paintings, works on paper, photographs and 3-D compositions by contributors from across the United States and beyond: Kael Alford, Benny Andrews, Nina Barnes, Carl Bower, Tamas Dezso, Vanessa German, Margaret Morrison, Celeste Rapone, Bianca Stone, Kara Walker, Patti Warashina, and Masao Yamamoto.

Masao Yamamoto, KAWA = FLOW #1637, 2013–15

Focusing on the many ways in which stories can be told, the exhibition drives the point home on a local and global scale. Of the 25 works in the show, some come from the state of Georgia while some, like the photographs, document conditions in Iraq, Romania and Colombia — many of the works address issues of gender, race and politics. "Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective" emphasizes art-making as visual testimony.

Jenny Gropp, managing editor at the Review and co-curator of this exhibition, said she is “thrilled to be presenting this particular gathering of artists.” Annette Hatton, former managing editor of the Review, is Gropp’s co-curator, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art, served as in-house curator.

Events related to the exhibition include:

Tour at Two: Jenny Gropp, managing editor of the Georgia Review and co-curator of the exhibition, will give a special tour.
Wednesday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Opening reception: Award-winning poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths will read work at this event as part of her Georgia Poetry Circuit tour. Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m.

Closing reception: Light refreshments will be served and the exhibition will be open.
Thursday, January 19, 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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