2019 Atlanta Biennial
A thousand tomorrows
January 17, 2019 – April 7, 2019
The American Music Show, Beverly Baker, Robert Beatty, Mary Ann Carroll, Kevin Cole, Jessie Dunahoo, Joy Drury Cox, Jill Frank, Mike Goodlett, Alicia Henry, John Isiah Walton, Carol John, Joni Mabe, Jiha Moon, Alina Perez, Amy Pleasant, Jim Roche, Tom Scicluna, Matthew Shain, Aaron Skolnick, Melvin Way
co-curated by Phillip March Jones, Curator-at-Large at Institute 193, Lexington and Daniel Fuller, Curator, Atlanta Contemporary
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta, GA 30318
John Isiah Walton
Mary Ann Carroll
Matthew Shain & Amy Pleasant
The American Music Show
This is not an exhibition from a hindered view obstructed by glass, but a view forged by a lasting commitment to go, look, and see. Art has never been confined to the realm of museums, galleries, artist studios, or any other dedicated spaces that collectively contain art. It is, indeed, the stuff of everyday life: images, words, renderings, sounds, and movements. When manipulated by a skilled artist, these elements convey some essential truths and speak to the human condition. In this exhibition, rowdy optimism and unswerving openness are on full display alongside rigid discipline and the universal need for connection. The artworks on view address a variety of political, social, economic, and personal realities, but in their collectivity are foremost about artists recapturing their future: combining their vision and abilities to construct something tangible and welcoming tomorrow, the day after, and many days after that.
The 2019 Atlanta Biennial presents works by twenty-one artists from the region who are simultaneously engaged in both immediately local, regionally specific conversations and larger themes pervading our world. The boundaries of the Southeastern United States are not so easily delineated, and there is plenty of debate on exactly where qualifies as belonging to this somewhat nebulous, but still approximate, geographic region. For our purposes, the Southeast will be defined by the ten states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.