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Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Why Things Fall'

Macey Ley, All the Places I've Never Been and Some I Have (One-Person Room Series), 2013, 108x36x36 in.
  • Courtesy Macey Ley
  • Macey Ley, "All the Places I've Never Been and Some I Have (One-Person Room Series)," 2013, 108x36x36 in.

Why Things Fall, at Further Art, is about why things fall. Admire the polarity of this self-explanation: the exhibit shows how "rules of gravity and of society play primary roles in each of the works on display." Or, as artist Macey Ley explained to me, "Each of our own bodies of work considers one or both kinds of falling, but collectively, there is the sense that acknowledging and owning these falls provides a distance to reflect upon and embrace them. Why things fall isn't really a question. It's more a declaration that when things do fall, we have an opportunity to see what we couldn't before and to respond thoughtfully in order to correct our course and our perspective." Fall features works in paper, sculpture, painting, and installation by Ley, Jeffry Loy, and Cassidy Russell. Opening reception is Friday from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Three more picks, after the jump.

FRIDAY

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Jessica Caldas, Johnny Drago (a CL Fiction Contest winner) and Rebecca Hanna - a printmaker, dramatist, and artist, respectively - are the recipients of this year's year-long mentorship program, Leap Year, which is run by MINT. The trio's final show, a kind of capstone for the program, will be at The Goat Farm, with an opening reception from 7-10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Lauren Kelley,
  • Courtesy Lauren Kelley
  • Lauren Kelley, "Pickin,'" 2007

Posing Beauty in African American Culture, at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, belongs to the exhibitionary tradition that is about itself. The show explores the concept of beauty and its presentation and shaping through works of art. Hey! Our Rodney Carmichael, always more incisive than I, just wrote about it. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. Continues through Dec. 7.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

The Horizon's staging of The Santaland Diaries, an adaptation of David Sedaris' breakthrough essay, comes with the usual trappings. 'Tis the season, etc. etc. But that doesn't detract from the material's this-side-of-surreality - which, classically Sedaris, gags you with the banal. Tickets start at $25. Go here to buy them. Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

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