Gallery 72 is a municipally owned art gallery located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The Gallery is located in the lobby of City owned 72 Marietta street building. It is free and open to the public to access. The gallery was opened in 2014, and has since focused on serving local talent including individual artists, local galleries, arts organizations, and curators. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to host a contemporary art gallery which adds to the growing and progressive arts scene of Atlanta.
Address: 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303
Hours: 10am- 5pm, M-F
Gallery Tours: GALLERY 72 tours take place from 1pm to 1:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday. To schedule a tour, please contact the Gallery 72 office: 404-546-3220// [email protected].
History of Gallery 72
Atlanta has historically provided municipal exhibition spaces presenting the work of local, national, and internally acclaimed artists. Previous to Gallery 72’s inception, works were exhibited at City Gallery East (at now Ponce City Market) and and New Visions Gallery. In 2014, the City opened Gallery 72, a fresh new addition to the lineage of Atlanta municipal galleries. Located in downtown Atlanta on the first floor of 72 Marietta Street, Gallery 72 exhibits cutting edge exhibitions and programming relevant to the arts, culture, and people of the City of Atlanta. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to continue the commitment of presenting artwork in public spaces, free to the public, with the newest municipal gallery space, Gallery 72. Since its opening in 2014, Gallery 72 has hosted a variety of riveting exhibitions addressing relevant topics such as human trafficking, civil and human rights, memory and ritual,the growth of local arts organizations (including Wonderroot, the Creatives Project, etc), and the rise of hip-hop. For more information about past exhibitions, please visit the “past exhibitions” page.
HISTORY OF THE GALLERY DESIGN
In early 2012, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs held a design competition which invited architectural firms to re-imagine the 3000 square foot lobby space at 72 Marietta street, a City owned building and the former home of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The winning design, developed by Stanley Beaman and Sears incorporates the building’s pre-existing aesthetics alongside a sculptural architectural features that produce a visually stunning and creative space. The architectural feature closely mimics the shape of a printing press, paying homage to the building’s history with the AJC. After the external design was decided, the gallery was renovated inside and out. The Gallery now hosts two gallery spaces, the “North” and “South” galleries, which flank the 72 Marietta street building lobby. After entering the front door at 72 Marietta street, visitors are invited to visit the South “natural light” Gallery, and the North “digital” gallery.
On view April 14- June 30, 2016
Cynthia Farnell’s dual installations at Gallery 72, Ancestors and Milk and Wine, are explorations of cultural and personal memory via the intertextual relationships between photographs, objects and projected images. Ancestors is a surreal mingling of mythological and archetypal imagery related to Farnell’s ancestral ties in Alabama and the Caribbean. Milk and Wine uses her father’s lifelong hobby of cultivating lilies to explore how we incorporate, carry, and pass on memory, place and identity.
Alabama native Cynthia Farnell is a visual artist working in lens-based media. Much of her work addresses the shifting meanings of home, place, community and identity in contemporary life.
Farnell currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is the director of the Welch School Galleries at Georgia State University. She has exhibited her work internationally including venues in New York City, France, New England and the southern United States. She has been awarded residencies at The Sloss Furnaces Visiting Artist Program in Birmingham, Alabama and at the Virginia Center For Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. Her work is in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.
Upcoming Events and Programming
Artist Talk: Cynthia Farnell, Ancestors and Milk & Wine
Check back soon for date and details of upcoming artist talk with Cynthia Farnell.
Past Exhibitions & Programs
Click the images or links below to learn more about each past exhibition:
For more information regarding the exhibitions, events, or the Gallery 72 space, please contact Gallery Coordinator Kevin Sipp: