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October 12 - This week, two major exhibitions have opened in the city. SCAD FASH is hosting an exhibition of legendary Vogue fashion photographer Horst P. Horst's works spanning the 1930s to the 1990s. These images are moving and tell a complex story – not only of beauty trends but also of what was happening in the world all viewed through a fashion photography lens.

Meanwhile, the High Museum of Art has also unveiled an exhibit featuring 58 pieces by Brooklyn-based photographer and artist Deana Lawson. The works explore topics such as family, lineage, history, and Black identity. 

I also am sharing a peek at the newly painted pedestrian tunnel at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Learn more about artist Sanithna Phansavanh and his process. And don't miss a ton of great events coming up this weekend!

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Horst P. Horst at SCAD FASH, photo by Isadora Pennington
An Incredible Life: Horst P. Horst on display at SCAD FASH

🎞  Inside the gallery of the SCAD FASH museum, an incredible array of large photographs line the dark walls. This exhibition, Essence of the Times, showcases over 80 works by the internationally renowned late fashion photographer Horst P. Horst that spanned his career from the 1930s through the 1990s. 

“For the students, this exhibition is very important because we are not teaching fashion or photography history– we are teaching history in general. They have the chance to learn so much about composition, and it’s also such a great example of how you have to adapt with the times to be still in your game. He kept working all these years, he was always updating and capturing what was going around in the time. This is a great inspiration for the students and a big motivator to create and experiment,” explained Director of Fashion Exhibitions Rafael Gomes

Read more about the Horst P. Horst exhibition here.

Deana Lawson exhibition at the High, photos by Isadora Pennington
A High Museum of Art exhibits works by photographer Deana Lawson

📷  “Deana is one of the most exciting photographers working today,” said Assistant Curator of Photography Maria Kelly. The exhibition is the first museum survey of Lawson’s work, and showcases 58 works produced over the past two decades. The pictures are large, with figures that are nearly full-size who often gaze out confidently toward the viewer.

“Her works straddle the line between photography and contemporary art.” 

Read more about the Deana Lawson exhibition here.

Artist Sanithna Phansavanh  photographed by Isadora Pennington

Pedestrian tunnel at Agnes Scott gets a makeover

🎨 For many years, the pedestrian tunnel that connects College Avenue to Stone Mountain Drive has been more or less left to the elements. A magnet for tags and graffiti and the floors lined with trash, this tunnel was at best quirky and at worst it was dangerous and scary.

Two small lights had long since been painted over, and the high school and college students who walk through this tunnel daily would often refer to it as “creepy.”

So when the City of Decatur put out a call for proposals for local artists to pitch a mural, Decatur resident and artist Sanithna Phansavanh felt it was his responsibility to his community to submit his own proposal. 

Read more about the pedestrian tunnel makeover here. 

Art Happenings

👻  The Ghastly Dreadfuls, an annual tradition of grim humor and ghost stories, returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts. Starting tonight with multiple dates through Oct. 29.

🧑‍🎨  Experience an immersive art experience at PushPush Arts this weekend with You Can’t Get There From Here, this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, Oct. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.

🖼  Enjoy food, beverages, and art at the closing reception for “Celebrating our Collective Culture” Latinx exhibition at Decatur Arts Alliance this Friday, Oct. 14 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

🧙‍♀️ Witches Market? Say no more. Bizarre Bazaar Witches Market at Little Cottage Brewery will have witchy art, crafts, DMT Tacos, and tarot readers. Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-10 p.m.

🏔  Anne Irwin presents Setting the Scene, a group exhibition of landscapes this Friday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

👻  Spirits for Spruill on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 4-7 p.m. will offer spirits, food, music, and the unveiling of the 3rd annual art installation AMPLIFY.

🎨  ABV Gallery presents 'ARTIFACT,' a solo exhibition of 40 works by The Obanoth. Opening Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6-10 p.m.

🏢  Opening party for Close to the Edge: the Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture at MODA on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7-9 p.m. (pictured).

Halloweentown haunted pop-up at East Atlanta Village Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-6 p.m. 

🏷  Stop by Thinking Man’s SATURDAZE Market this Saturday, Oct. 15 from 3-9 p.m.

👥  Networking event Creatives Night Out at Creator’s Canvas Studios in Scottdale on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Break out your sketchbooks for Lets Sketch Aligator at the mural on Mitchell Street this Sat., Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. 

🖼 Solo exhibition of Derrick Phillips’s work, Bullet & Nooses II will open at the Aviation Community Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6-9 p.m.

🅑  The B Complex asks Is This an Art Show? Find out for yourself on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1-6 p.m.

  The 2022 Cinequeer Film Night, hosted by Southern Fried Queer Pride at eyedrum, is this Saturday Oct. 15 from 7-11 p.m.

🧶 Fiber Parts hosts a class to make a Huipiles-inspired embroidered clutch on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. and a sewing class where you can Add Pockets to Anything on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

💐  Art in the Garden will transform a garden in Grant Park into an outdoor art showcase for 5 local artists on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

📷  Learn photography basics in one day at the Photo 1 Express hosted by Atlanta School of Photography on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
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Artist and educator Hope Limyansky-Smith made a gift for a mouse 🐭 PS - make sure you've got your volume up to hear some great commentary.
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