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The nonprofit art space MINT plans three performance-art events by 2019–20 Leap Year artist Amanda Grae Platner in November and December, all under the title Initiate, Consent and Touch. Leap Year is MINT’s flagship program, a sort of incubator and home base for emerging artists. MINT opened at The MET in the Adair Park neighborhood near the West End MARTA station in the fall.

Platner will perform Initiate at 7 p.m. November 23, Consent at 7 p.m. November 30 and Touch at 7 p.m. December 7. Admission is free, but attendance is limited to 30 people per performance, and tickets must be reserved (follow the links on the date you prefer). Those with reservations will receive instructions on how to participate. The performances are not recommended for children.

“The rules of relationships are changing, boundaries are being redefined,” says Platner, one of five current Leap Year artists. “I invite you to participate in an interactive performance exploring intimacy through paint.”

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Minniefield installation planned for Juneteenth 2020

Charmaine Minniefield

Charmaine Minniefield

Atlanta artist Charmaine Minniefield will create a multimedia installation for the Juneteenth 2020 celebration in Oakland Cemetery, according to the nonprofit Flux Projects, which is raising funds for the artist and the artwork. The June 19 event observes African American emancipation, commemorates freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives will honor unmarked graves in the African American section of the cemetery through the multimedia installation of a ring shout, a traditional worship and gathering practice that has its origins in West African ritual and ceremony that predate slavery. The installation will include a replica of a praise house (a small wooden structure), exterior projections to depict the ring shout and an interior installation that evokes the visual ceremony.

For Juneteenth 2019, Flux sponsored a performance by the Georgia Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters. Funds for Minniefield’s project are being raised through a Power2Give campaign via the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, which offers a one-for-one match for every dollar donated. More than $4,900 has been raised toward a goal of $20,000, and donations will be accepted for the next 49 days. They can be made HERE.

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Three artists join Contemporary’s Studio Artist program

Atlanta Contemporary holds an Open Studios event this Thursday, November 14, to introduce three new members of its Studio Artist program — InKyoung Choi Chun, Julie Kouneski and Kelly Mitchell. Kouneski and Mitchell joined the program November 1; Chun will join February 1.

Atlanta Contemporary Art CenterThe Studio Artist program supports local working artists by providing subsidized studio space and a creative environment. It has nurtured artists at all career stages and in all media, including ceramics, film and video, installation, painting, photography and sculpture.

Kouneski, the Contemporary says in a statement, “works with the sensing body and investigates notions of empathy, embodiment and the fluid self through performance, installation and video.”

Mitchell’s art centers on oral histories woven into the fabric of the African diaspora, specifically related to concepts of land tenure, territorial claims, community autonomy, swamp marronage and inherited identity.

Chun uses primary colors and basic shapes in a variety of media, fluctuating between recognizable imagery and geometric form.

The Contemporary’s Open Studios, held three nights a year, are a chance to meet the artists, see their work and, perhaps, buy something. Thursday’s event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for students with valid ID, and $35 for VIP admission.

 

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