Watching how people felt such strong allegiance to particular characters made me think how lots of us want to identify ourselves with something larger than life — the same way sports fans have insane bonds to their favorite team. We really want to identify with these teams, the individual players, and our fellow fans. In the same way, there's a wrestling character for everyone — Stone Cold Steve Austin chugs beer and rides in on a 4-wheeler; The Undertaker is all dark and gloomy; The Rock is the peoples' guy. You pick your favorite and become part of that community and fan culture. You pay to see matches in person or watch it on Pay-Per-View; you buy the shirts and jerseys and hats; you pay to join the club. You buy into the brand. And clearly, the fans are getting something out of this whole transaction or there wouldn't have been 70,000 people crammed in the Dome last night.
Anyway, despite all this capitalism and brands and down-with-the-system mumbo jumbo, I know it's really all in fun. And sometimes in life it's best to just crack open a beer, turn off your higher brain, and watch these massive, ripped behemoths pummel each other into a pulp with folding metal chairs.
Award-winning choreographer and media artist Johan Bokaer presented two live performance pieces at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center on April 2. In "Replica" the artist examines memory loss, pattern recognition and perceptual faculties in relationship to space. "Filter" is the new work he created during his residency at ArTech.
More photos from Johan Bokaer's performance.
The artist collective Dodekapus put on the whimsy-themed show "I Can Dream All Day" at the Relapse Theatre Warehouse space. The show was described as "a wild and experimental journey through the land of dreams and nightmares with magical performances, pillow fights, mysterious potions, and extravagant displays of the imagination."
See more photos from the "I Can Dream All Day" show.
In 2010, the High Museum held its first ever Collectors Evening — an exercise in curatorial democracy to help build the museum's permanent collections. At the event, which is open to the public, each of the High's curators presents a potential new acquisition. The guests vote, and the artwork with the most votes wins. Last year, the museum made four new acquisitions: a collection of 20 photographs from the “Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train Rediscovered” portfolio by Paul Fusco; the painting “Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo” from Kehinde Wiley’s series “The World Stage: Brazil”; an African art sculpture titled “Ntadi”; and a round-back chair and table from the “Sketch Furniture” series by Sweden’s Front Design.
The second annual Collectors Evening took place Friday. Voters chose four works: Vik Muniz’s “Leda and the Swan, after Leonardo da Vinci” (2009); an African “Elephant Headress” (19th century); Spencer Finch’s “Bright Star (Sirius)” (2010); and Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Vinchon’s “Portrait of Nency Destouches” (1829).
Then the evening took an unexpected turn. From the press release:
After the formal voting, an attendee offered up four Delta Air Lines worldwide business-class tickets for bidding. The money raised through this impromptu auction allowed for the acquisition of the fifth piece, the limestone sculpture “Lamentation” (1946), by American artist Robert Laurent. An anonymous donor purchased the sixth and final piece for the folk art collection, Minnie Evans's untitled painting on paperboard (1968).
Check out photos of the High's six newest pieces below.
Ten choreographers brought their pieces to the 14th Street Playhouse stage Nov. 5-6 as part of the annual Dance Canvas showcase. The concert pairs emerging choreographers with professional and emerging dancers in all styles.
The third annual Tibetan Festival was held at the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Atlanta's center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Culture.
Eyedrum hosted Living Walls the City Speaks, a the 3-day conference on public art and urbanism Aug. 13-15. The exhibition focused on street art and its role in engaging public space as well as featuring numerous works of street art on the walls of Eyedrum.
The Atlanta-based artist's collective performed its final show of the season at the Woodruff Arts Center's outdoor plaza July 23-24. Melding danceworks, film and live music, the installation dance production moved throughout the crowd and the WAC campus.
Earlier today, the High Museum uncrated Dalí's massive “Santiago El Grande.” The 13 1/2-foot-by-10-foot painting, which will be on view in the museum's upcoming Salvador Dalí: The Late Work, was designed by the artist as an altarpiece for Madrid's Real Monasterio de El Escorial.
More pictures and exhibit info after the jump.
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