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Gallery 72

Gallery Hours:: 8am – 6pm,  M-F

Art Against the Wall, An Artist Response to Civil Wars

Curated by Radcliffe Bailey

On view: July 11 – August 22, 2014


This exhibition features work by artists Mohau Modisakeng, PAA Joe, Stephen Shames, George Washington Carver, Donald Locke, E.K. Huckaby and artifacts courtesy of the Jack Shainman Gallery and Atlanta History Center.



6:30 pm – Theatrical Reading - UPRISING By Gabrielle Fulton


As the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is upon us, Gabrielle Fulton aims to examine notions of freedom as she develops her play UPRISING, which reflects on liberty, self-determination, and sacrifice in a free black community during Secession Era America.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Shelia Poole’s interview and article: (online today – in print tomorrow) ::


Arts ATL - Review: “Art Against the Wall” mixes everyday objects and artworks in meditation on war, at Gallery 72″ ::

A letter from the Curator:

Civil wars have ripped cultures apart throughout the history of the world. The city of Atlanta recognizes the impact of what happened here 150 years ago.  However, there is a general failure to understand just that.

I welcomed the challenge to curate this exhibition. To not just put history into words, but to create a feeling; examining the way objects speak to each other; from the Buffalo soldiers to the Black Panthers, from the drum and how it creates conversation; to put into words …would fail its historical importance.

When I think about this, it’s not about me as an artist, but rather my movement within a time, with a people, the inspiration, the feeling. It is to be short, poetic and without explanation.

When you sit down and have a conversation with an older person, you are sitting with history; it is ever evolving. I never claimed to know history, I just live, work and walk through it. The civil wars are how we deal with ourselves. Just as Frederick Douglass was born into a world that had two distinct moral systems that conflicted, and was forced to mediate between them; this exhibition should invite us to deal with an emotional conversation created by conflict, the conflict of civil war.  ~Radcliffe Bailey        

Gallery 72 is located in 2 City Plaza at 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. We encourage all attendees to carpool or use public transportation. 2 City Plaza and Gallery 72 are located just two blocks away from the 5 Points MARTA Station.

Gallery Contact: Courtney Hammond,  404-546-6980,

Upcoming Exhibitions – 2014


August 29-September 13, 2014  Second Annual Walthall Fellowship Exhibition: Part 1. The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art in partnership with WonderRoot and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents 11 Atlanta artists in their last stage of the prestigious 2014 Walthall Fellowship through a collaborative exhibition at Gallery 72. These artists will be presented in two consecutive exhibitions, as Part 1 and Part 2 of the Walthall Fellowship Exhibition, organized by Kirstie Tepper and Teresa Bramlette Reeves. Artists will present work of various media including digital, visual, creative writing, performance and installation. WF Part 1 exhibiting artists: Iman Person, Antonio Darden, Jessica Caldas, Onur Topal–Sumer, Aubrey Longley–Cook, Julie Sims

Special Event – Artist Talk  and First Thursday’s Downtown Art Walk – September 04, 2014 – 6:30pm


September 19-October 04, 2014 Second Annual Walthall Fellowship Exhibition: Part 2 Continuing the exhibition of artists participating in the prestigious 2014 Walthall Fellowship program, hosted by WonderRoot and organized by Kirstie Tepper and Teresa Bramlette Reeves of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, artists will present work of various media including digital, visual, creative writing, performance and installation. WF Part 2 exhibiting artists: Chris Chambers, Alex Gallo-Brown, Johnathan Welsh, Heather Greenway, Julie Sims, Nathan Sharratt

Special Event – Artist Talk  and First Thursday’s Downtown Art Walk -October 02, 2014 – 6:30pm


October 17 – Nov, 2014 – Fourth Annual Elevate Atlanta :: Elevate Atlanta 2014, Social City – public art exhibition will present large scale sculpture and performance throughout downtown. Serving as an exhibition venue for Elevate, Gallery 72, in conjunction with the French Consulate of Atlanta and France Atlanta will present Paris based digital artist, Joanie LeMercier. LeMercier’s work focuses on the basic interaction of digital and experiential artwork with physical space and visitors. He produces these sculptural elements through methods of triangulation and repetition and each installation of work is site specific.  Local artist Branden Collins of The Young Never Sleep will also exhibit at Gallery 72 in conjunction with Elevate Atlanta showcasing his human scale fantastical, sculptural costumes – There will be two-four coinciding performances along with panels throughout the week of October 17-23.



Previous Exhibitions:

Foreword, An introduction to Atlanta  - June 2014

“Foreword” Press:

ArtsATL – Review Gallery 72

Curbed – South Downtown Resurgence Continues with Gallery 72

Creative Loafing – Gallery 72 to Open in Downtown’s Old AJC Building

Creative Loafing – Former AJC Headquarters Debuts as City’s ‘Gallery 72’

Grand Opening Slide Show, by Architecture Tourist