Now, WABE's John Lemley and Kate Sweeney are on the case. They asked Michaud and Decatur Book Festival's Darren Wang to come into the studio for this excellent segment on City Cafe. There seems to be a new round of activity around the mystery. We'll be on the case as it develops.
Two of the four murals are up for the viewing. Andy Moon Wilson's brilliant blue work can be found on the Westside near Get This! Gallery at 670 11th St. You'll find the Southern Sunday Art Revival's gracing a window at 364 Nelson St. in Castleberry Hill.
Murals by Tommy Taylor and Lucha Rodriguez are currently in progress in Inman Park, and Midtown, respectively. The murals are scheduled to be finished July 30 - details on unveiling celebrations across town still to come.
Photos of Taylor and Rodriguez at work after the jump.
I just received an interesting package in the mail.
1. An envelope inside the manila envelope, one of those standard white business envelopes with a clear cellophane address window revealing a $10 bill. On the front of the envelope it says: "for you." On the back: "Follow your narrative urge! #14."
2. A note, bookended with hearts, that reads:
Thank you for opening the envelope. The money is real. This is not an ad campaign or sales pitch — it's an art project. Please save the story fragment enclosed, use the hints and find me.
And is stamped on the back with a UFO and the text: "sited by Horace Burgess above the Biltmore House: UFO RSNQHDR (NOT LOW)"
3. A clue on a torn slip of paper that reads:
14. Southern women have a natural relationship with the earth. It may have been bred during the Civil War, when genteel ladies suddenly found themselves in charge of entire vast farms in the absence of their husbands.
At 29, Muhly is already one of the world's most sought-after composers. He's worked with artists as diverse as Phllip Glass, Björk, John Corigliano, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Antony and the Johnsons; he's written the film score for the Kate Winslett movie The Reader and a cantata based on Strunk and White's Elements of Style; and he's recently been commissioned by the Met for a full-length opera tentatively titled Two Boys to be based on a British case involving a 14-year-old boy taking on the on-line identity of a woman to lure strangers to kill him. He's currently in the Atlanta area to help guide the world premiere of a new work “How Soon?” which was co-commissioned by Kennesaw State University and will be performed by the contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird, the KSU Women's Chorus and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra tonight, Saturday, April 2, at Kennesaw State's Bailey Center Performance Hall.
Muhly told the students he needs to keep a “veil of secrecy” between himself and the specifics of the music business, including how much he gets paid, so he can concentrate on actually making music. The initiative and drive to self-publish elude him, he said, and the thought of it, like the thought of publicists, long contracts, press blackouts, and health insurance, makes him anxious. The claim was, in the end, believable. Among his final words to the students about the biz: “Be nice to everybody.” It's good advice, but we're guessing there's probably a little more to it than that.
eighth blackbird will perform Nico Muhly's “How Soon?” tonight, April 2, at Kennesaw State University's Bailey Center Performance Hall. For more information, visit ticketing.kennesaw.edu or call 770-423-6650.
The Art Papers Art Auction, the contemporary art magazine's annual fundraising and hobnobbing event, takes place Fri., Feb. 4 (collectors preview party) and Sat., Feb. 5 (auction). You don't have to wait until the 5th to start bidding, though. The online auction is officially open for preview and bidding. Going once, going twice ...
Last October, an anonymous donor gifted $112,000 to the Atlanta Opera. The AO then launched the Heart of the Opera campaign to raise $112,000 in 112 days, using the anonymous gift as an incentive for other donors. The idea worked: The 112 days ended on January 18 and the opera surpassed its goal, raising $125,000 from 434 donors.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra also announced this week that it'd be getting a $1.85 million infusion from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation. As a result, the ASO is establishing the Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair. The award will be granted every five years to a tenured orchestra member and come with a $10,000 check. Reeder lived in Atlanta most of her life (she died in 2007 at age 97) and was a longtime supporter of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Fulton County Public Art Program is holding a series of informational workshops in early February for artists interested in learning about the program's upcoming commissions and how to submit. Good to know: To be eligible for a commission, an artist "must be accepted into the Fulton County Public Art Registry." Registry applications are due by March 1; workshops will have details on that as well. Upcoming dates include Thurs., Feb. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fulton Regional Library at Ocee, Meeting Room, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8897; Sat., Feb. 5, 1-3 p.m. MOCA GA, Education/Resource Center, 75 Bennett St., Suite M-1, 404-367-8700; Wed., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Black Box Theater, Studio Building, 915 New Hope Road, 404-613-3220. More info and RSVPs, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this year arts funding powerhouse Flux Projects and local production company Proper Medium joined forces to create Flux Films, a series of online shorts about the goings on behind some of Atlanta's most interesting public art works and the artists who create them. To date there have been six Flux Films, including the series debut on John Morse's "Roadside Haiku" and an up close look at Douglas Weathersby's glop-tastic "Paint Shed" project.
Most recently, Flux Films profiled Amber Boardman, a local sound/video artist whose three-channel installation "Prelude," set to Wagner's "Das Rheingold," was one of standout pieces at Flux 2010 in Castleberry Hill last October.
Now Flux Films wants to know what you'd like to see added to the series — it's accepting suggestions in the comments section of Flux Projects' Facebook Page. And if you don't mind, leave your suggestions here too — we're interested to hear as well.
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