Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekend Arts Agenda

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Anya Liftig will be at The Contemporary this weekend.
  • Anya Liftig will be at The Contemporary this weekend.

Castleberry Hill's ArtStroll continues with their street food collaboration tonight, Whitespace screens a new film, Matt Relkin continues his ruminations on September 11th at Beep Beep Gallery, Sister Louisa paints an art car at the High Museum, and more this weekend. All the details after the jump.


Brooklyn-based performance artist Anya Liftig provoked a significant reaction at New York’s MoMA last March. On view at the museum was Marina Abramović’s exhibition The Artist is Present, a stoic marathon-sitting installation that invited the public to participate. It attracted thousands of visitors, celebrities and other artists to sit in silence with the performance art icon. Liftig caused a stir when she intervened with her own performance, The Anxiety of Influence, dressing exactly like Abramović for a daylong staring contest. Tonight at the Contemporary, she presents excerpts from recent works and discusses her process. More

Venske & Spanle
  • Venske & Spanle

Castleberry Hill's ArtStroll will continue their collaboration with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition tonight. Marcia Wood's annex will be featuring work by artists from recent exhibitions, including "Mary Engel, Olaf Hajek, Greg Hill, Marcus Kenney, William Steiger, Robert Sagerman, Katherine Taylor, and Venske & Spanle." More details at Castleberry Hill.

Chris Hubbards Heaven and Hell car
  • Chris Hubbard's Heaven and Hell car

The Avondale Estates neighborhood is hosting its third annual Art-B-Que all weekend long. Part-artist-market and part-neighborhood-festival, the shin dig is hosting a huge schedule of artists working with everything from jewelry to photography and a line-up of local bands on two stages. The highlights include a number of Howard Finster devoted folk artists like Chris Hubbard and C.M. & Grace Laster. Find the full schedule here.



Matt Relkin's clean, geometric paintings have been trying to cope with the events of September 11 for years now. His latest solo exhibition at Beep Beep Gallery, The Big Bang, takes that subject matter into mythical depths. Read more about his work on Culture Surfing and see more details at Beep Beep.

Hormuz Minina.
  • Hormuz Minina.

Hormuz Minina is undertaking quite the performance as part of the Beltline's arts programming. As the press released says, "Beginning around 8:00 pm on June 12 an interfaith ceremony will bless the earth for Minina, who will excavate a cavity and embed himself among the roots of the 100 year old oak tree growing there. For the duration of the night he will occupy this place within the earth as an offering for the success of the BeltLine project." If that says what I think it says, Minina is planning on digging a hole and sitting in it all night. If you miss it, another event on the June 27 will be showing a video of Minina sitting in the hole. More details here.



Whitespace Gallery screens a collaborative film by Blake Williams and Robin Bernat, "Wishes." The film, made here in Atlanta, centers around tango, love, and desire. The film begins at 8 pm.


High Museum's current "Allure of the Automobile" exhibit is all about elegant design and sleek shapes. Whether you love or hate Sister Louisa's art, no one is accusing it of being elegant or sleek. That strange combination will somehow meet on Sunday, when the museum invites anyone to decorate an art car with the help of Atlanta's most vulgar nun. The event gets started at 1 pm. More details at the High.

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