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The High Museum of Art will join forces with the Dallas Museum of Art for a 2019–20 exhibition titled Speechless, which will explore the myriad ways we use our senses to connect to the world. The multisensory, interactive and immersive experience is intended for visitors of all backgrounds and abilities. It opens in November in Texas museum and in April 2020 at the High.

The show will debut new work by six leading or emerging international designers and design teams — Ini Archibong, Matt Checkowski, Misha Kahn, Steven and William Ladd, Laurie Haycock Makela and Yuri Suzuki. Their site-specific installations and new commissions will create participatory environments in which senses merge or substitute for one another. Among its components are the following:

California-born, Switzerland-based designer Ini Archibong at work (Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art)

  • The Oracle, from California-born, Switzerland-based designer Ini Archibong. It will explore nontraditional ways of experiencing sound.
  • Glyph, by designer/filmmaker Matt Checkowski. He will use short films about the participating designers to explore the creativity behind each one’s work and the role of empathy.
  • Scroll Space, from New York artists and brothers Steven and William Ladd. It will feature a vibrant, tactile room made of tens of thousands of hand-rolled textile “scrolls” made in collaboration with 2,000 community members in Dallas and Atlanta.
  • Sound of the Earth, Chapter 2, a sound installation by London artist and designer Yuri Suzuki. It will integrate audio crowdsourced from around the world and take the form of a spherical sculpture with which visitors can interact.
  • Misha Kahn‘s meandering coral garden. It will be composed of vibrant, interactive inflatables that will move, inflate and deflate over the course of each day.

Meet MOCA GA’s 2019/20 Working Artist winners

MOCA GA has named Atlanta painter Ariel Dannielle, North Carolina sculptor Courtney McClellan and Atlantan William Downs as its 2019/20 Working Artist Project Fellows. The program, now in its 12th year, supports mid-career or established artists in metro Atlanta. The initiative “provides an unparalleled level of support for individual artists, expands the museum’s mission and promotes Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work and thrive,” MOCA GA Director Annette Cone-Skelton said in a press release.

The fellowship gives the artists a major stipend to create new work, a solo exhibition of the new work, an exhibition catalog and paid studio apprentices over the course of a year. Guest curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi of the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis selected the new fellows.

Ariel Dannielle

Ariel Dannielle, who has a B.F.A. from the University of West Georgia, was born and raised in Atlanta. She creates large-scale paintings that depict the daily experiences of young black women and says she’s been influenced by the work of Kerry James Marshall and Alice Neel. She focuses on developing personal narratives within her portraits that challenge gender and racial stereotypes. Her work has been seen in Atlanta at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery, the Goat Farm, MINT gallery, TILA Studios and ZuCot Gallery as well as at Trio Contemporary Art Gallery in Athens, Perez Museum Miami and the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Courtney McClellan

Courtney McClellan, from Greensboro, North Carolina, now lives and has her studio in Atlanta. She earned a B.A. in studio art and journalism/mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has an M.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was a Fountainhead Fellow in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (2013–14) and a sculpture fellow at the University of Georgia (2015–17). She’s been an artist in residence at the Hambidge Center in Raburn Gap, the Wassaic Project in New York and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2020, Witness Lab, her new solo exhibition and performance project, will be exhibited at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She is a visiting assistant professor of art in sculpture at UGA.

William Downs

William Downs‘ work can be seen through August 31 in Recent Drawings (with Krista Clark, Yanique Norman and Rocio Rodriguez) at Sandler Hudson Gallery, which represents him. The Greenville, South Carolina, native has a studio in southwest Atlanta, a B.F.A in painting and printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and a multidisciplinary M.F.A from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2018, the national nonprofit Artadia named him an Atlanta awardee. He’s had solo and group shows at Sandler Hudson as well as at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Grizzly Grizzly gallery in Philadelphia, and E.C. Lina and Parker Jones galleries in Los Angeles. His work has toured in two major exhibitions, Art AIDS America and Black Pulp!

Living Walls’ “Start Talking. Stop HIV.” underway

The nonprofit Living Walls last week began a new event series titled “Start Talking. Stop HIV” and unveiled a Barry Lee mural to encourage conversation in Atlanta. The project, which continues through August, aims to reduce HIV infections by encouraging open and safe discussions. It continues July 15 with a “Health Policy & HIV Criminalization in the South” discussion (7–9 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center Annex on DeKalb Avenue) and July 23 with an “HIV Advocacy & Protest Through Art” discussion (7–9 p.m. at Sister Louisa’s Church Annex on Edgewood Avenue). More events will be announced soon.

Atlanta-based Living Walls creates intentional, thought-provoking public art meant to inspire social change and activate public spaces. To date, it has facilitated more than 100 public murals, citywide conferences attended by 5,000 art enthusiasts annually and collaborative projects in Miami, Moscow, Rome, South Africa and Spain.

Submission deadline July 15 for Calle grant

Laura Patricia Calle

Local and national artists or art collectives are invited to present proposals for a public art project through the 2019 Laura Patricia Calle Grant, administered by the nonprofit Living Walls. The submission deadline is July 15. Organizers seek proposals for murals, public sculptures, performances and public art interventions that inform and promote awareness of social equality, feminism, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights and cultural diversity.

The grant is named for Calle, who promoted art and culture and demonstrated her passion for it every day, all while trying to make Atlanta a better place to live. The grant is designed to honor her life, hard work and passion for the equality of all people and diverse cultural expression in public spaces. Calle, Living Walls’ programming director, died in November 2015 at age 26.

Don’t miss . . .

Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay’s Lit Without Sherman: A Love Letter to the West End opened at Hammonds House over the weekend. The new immersive exhibition includes murals painted on museum walls, specially designed toile schema wallpaper and interactive video vignettes that tell West End stories. It runs through October 13 at the museum, 503 Peeples St. SW.

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