Lisa Tuttle: Mock Proposal
February 23 to March 30, 2019
Reception: Saturday, February 23, 5-7:30 pm
For her first solo exhibition at Poem 88, Lisa Tuttle presents a series of images that correct Confederate monuments toward an historical accuracy.
Tuttle says about the work:
"It really began as a hypothetical proposal but the more I work on it, the more I think that it is completely feasible. “Mock” can also imply ridicule, and that is not my intention. A bit tongue-in-cheeky perhaps but increasingly a serious, alternative albeit subversive proposal. Historical observance of the defeat and surrender of the CSA (April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse and the dissolution of the CSA government on May 4, 1865 in Washington, Ga./Wilkes County.) If “historical” significance prevents their removal, then perhaps we might observe a different, but accurate, historical significance!"
So fantastic to see this mural through the rain this morning, on the Fulton County Daily Report building at Pryor & Trinity. The piece is part of Off the Wall ATL, an incredible effort from local arts non-profit Wonderroot.
The mural pairs Richard Avedon's 1963 group portrait of Julian Bond with Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee activists here in Atlanta, with Atlanta-based artist Sheila Pree Bright's contemporary portrait (taken in Vine City) of mothers including Samira Rice (mother of Tamir Rice), Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant), and Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner).
"Sheila Pree Bright re-created the Richard Avedon image with mothers of unarmed victims of police brutality from across the nation. These mothers have become leaders and activists fighting for social justice to bring about accountability and policy reform that speaks to racial injustices in the 21st century."
The New York Times covered the mural with this piece from Fayemi Shakur: "From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter: Honoring Black Mothers Who Lost Their Sons." And the Off the Wall project was on CBS This Morning last week, including an interview with Wonderroot executive director (and former ACP board member) Chris Appleton.
It's also fascinating to see how the Avedon photograph is one of at least three frames from this particular shoot. An alternate shot, below, appeared in his book "Nothing Personal".
This version above is a slight crop of the original frame, and here's a 2nd version of the mural photograph, but this time without Julian Bond's daughter, Phyllis.
"Please join us at the official closing party of Fulton County Arts and Culture's Fine Art Acquisition Program Exhibition. The exhibition features 114 pieces of art recently purchased by the County, our largest acquisition to date.
6:30 - 7:30pm
Hear from Darnell Wilburn of Garcia | Wilburn Gallery and a panel consisting of Terrell Clark, Sharon B. Dowdell, Rose Barron, Ronnie Phillips, Niki Murphy, Nancy Blum, Gittel Price, Dianne Kirkland, Diana Toma, Christopher Eubanks, Dennis Morton, and Carolyn Grady."
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