Culled from the ashes of South Downtown’s several gallery closures last year, Mammal Gallery announced today that it has signed a 10-year lease agreement at The MET. The art gallery and live music venue aims to be fully operational by March 2020.
Built by Coca-Cola cofounder Asa Candler in 1914, The MET is a 1-million-square-foot warehouse complex in Adair Park. The new Mammal Gallery will inhabit the iconic blue water tower that overlooks the property, as well as a 6,100-square-foot portion of the warehouse adjacent to it.
“We think that a platform where people [are] able to do what they want to do is important,” says cofounder Chris Yonker. “We want to have a hospitality-driven performance space because we think that‘s something that Atlanta needs. We’re all artists and musicians too, and we’re trying to build something that we would like to see.”
The warehouse will serve as a music and performing arts venue, featuring a wide range of programming. The venue will be fully integrated with a recording studio that will provide artists with recordings of live performances or studio sessions. The first two floors of the water tower will be converted into a coffee and cocktail bar with regular business hours, while the upper levels will serve as office space for Mammal employees.
Mammal Gallery didn’t waste any time getting events going and also announced it will host Otherworld Encounter this month. The science-fiction-themed art experience features more than 25 interactive art installations, including a collective-imagination Dreamscan Laboratory, a colorful Centralia Park with touch- and sound-reactive foliage, a 360-foot Space Dome and an array of psychedelic visual art and virtual reality experiences.
The exhibit will run April 13–May 5, with morning, afternoon and evening entry times available. The Mammal Gallery’s bar and coffee shop will be open during the exhibit, and sales will directly benefit fundraising for the venue. More information and tickets for the exhibit can be found on the Otherworld Encounter website. Stay tuned for more information on the new Mammal Gallery. ARTS ATL will have a follow-up story later this week.