6-8 p.m. Friday, January 30: The Georgia Review celebrates the release of its Winter issue at the Dodd Galleries’ Art Party: Exhibition Opening Extravaganza!
Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Rd.
In celebration of its new Winter issue, The Georgia Review will host a series of roving pop-up readings and micro-performances at the Lamar Dodd School of Art to coincide with the Dodd Galleries’ exhibition opening. Managing editor of the Review Jenny Gropp and local fiction writer Sabrina Orah Mark will read from their writing, and Historic Sunsets, an experimental French dream-pop duo front-manned by Thibault Raoult, will play music. It is free and open to the public. Copies of The Georgia Review will be available, and Wildfood Catering will provide snacks.
The evening will feature an exhibition by the Dodd’s visual artist-in-residence Mequitta Ahuja, whose portfolio of richly textural self-portraits Automythography appears in the Review’s latest issue. Ahuja, who holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives and works in Baltimore, will be present at the opening. Her paintings have appeared in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Arthouse in Austin, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, and the Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York. Ahuja has also exhibited work at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.
Brett Busang, critiquing Ahuja’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, wrote that her work is “refreshingly personal while her iconographic style has the qualities of illuminated manuscripts, folk murals, and shy self-portraiture…. I suspect that, in choosing such an eccentric approach, she wishes not to abolish representation as we in the West know it, but to acknowledge it as one among many possibilities.”
Mequitta Ahuja’s Automythography marks The Georgia Review’s first collaborative project with the Dodd Galleries. Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Ahuja will be in residence at the school from late January to early February 2015, and she will also give an artist lecture on January 27 at 2 p.m. in room S150 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Other exhibitions opening at the Art Party include Dodd Post-MFA Fellow in Photography Justin Schmitz’s Like a Juggernaut, local artist and Lyndon House director Didi Dunphy’s community-centric To-Do List, and The Exquisite, a collaborative and evolving group project organized by printmaking graduate students Tyler Leslie and Ryan McCullough. Each of the aforementioned exhibitions will be on display at the Dodd Galleries until February 26.
7 p.m. Wednesday, February 4: Noah Blaustein presented by the Georgia Poetry Circuit
234 W. Hancock Avenue
Noah Blaustein has had published poems in Zyzzyva, the Massachusetts Review, the Harvard Review, Barrow Street, Poetry Daily, The Fish Anthology (selected by Billy Collins), Orion, Pleiades and many other journals. Noah’s first book, Flirt, was selected by Kevin Prufer for University of New Mexico’s Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series edited by Hilda Ras. The anthology he edited, Motion: American Sports Poems, was an editor’s pick of National Public Radio and The Boston Globe as well as a Librarian’s Pick of the New York Public Library. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and kids.
7 p.m. Thursday, April 16: C. G. Hanzlicek presented by the Georgia Poetry Circuit
234 W. Hancock Avenue
C. G. Hanzlicek was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1942. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and an M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1966. He is the author of nine books of poetry: Living in It, Stars (winner of the 1977 Devins Award for Poetry), Calling the Dead, A Dozen for Leah, When There Are No Secrets, Mahler: Poems and Etchings, Against Dreaming, The Cave: Selected and New Poems, and, most recently, The Lives of Birds, which appeared in 2013. He has translated Native American Songs, A Bird’s Companion, and poems from the Czech, Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan, which won the Robert Payne Award from the Columbia University Translation Center in 1985. In the summer of 2001, he retired from California State University, Fresno, where he taught for 35 years and was for most of those years the Director of the Creative Writing Program.
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