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Richard Allen DuCree: I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest and Redemption Songs at Gallery 72| July 16th



Richard Allen DuCree

 I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest, and Redemption songs

July 16th through Sept. 4th 2015

Atlanta-The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs/ Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta opens “Richard Allen DuCree: I Bear Witness: Politics, Protest and Redemption Songs”, on July16th 2015, 6-9 p.m.

For this exhibition photographer Richard Allen DuCree selects a body of work that acts as a visual bridge between generations engaged in movements for social justice. Invoking the memories of past struggles and accomplishments while firmly committing his eye to the unrest and civil rights issues of our contemporary culture, DuCree shows us all the face of our ongoing reach for peace, justice and true democracy.  This visual retrospective encourages an investigation into modern American practices and its relationship to its peoples.

DuCree has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. These travels have given DuCree a unique global perspective. DuCree has worked as a stills photographer for ESPN, CNN, SONY, AMC, NBC and many others national and international networks.  DuCree has exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, “Obama, the Historic Campaign in Photographs”, curated by Deborah Willis and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Solo Show “The Civil Rights Movement in Retrospective”; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NY; Southwest Arts Center and Fulton County,

This event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

About Gallery 72

Gallery 72 is a municipal gallery dedicated to presenting stimulating, and thought provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s art offering. The gallery is open from 10am until 5:00pm and operated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.”

Gallery 72 is located at 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta Street NW Atlanta Ga. 30303



104 Marietta Street Parking Garage (176 feet NW), 79 Marietta Street Parking Garage (245 feet NE)

Centennial Tower Parking Garage (332 feet NE), Paid street parking is available near the gallery.



Five Points (877 feet SE)

Take the Gold line to Five Points Station. Exit the station on the Forsyth street side and turn right, walk northeast on Forsyth Street, and turn left on Marietta Street. Walk one block to Fairlie Street. After crossing Fairlie Street the gallery will be on the left.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);



Atlanta- The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present the Tufton String Quartet at a reception for the exhibition “Ephemeral Eternity:  Memory, Ritual and Personal Myth in an Age of Dissolution” at Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta on May 1st, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Formed in Atlanta, The Tufton String Quartet features Christopher Mosley on first violin, Raphiel Murden on 2nd violin, Reginald Wallace on viola, and Arlanda Walker on Cello. The musical selections for the evening will be a mix of classical, jazz standards, and contemporary compositions. The concert will start promptly at 6:15 p.m.

Ephemeral Eternity is an exhibition addressing the power of myth, memory and ritual experience to forestall vanishing and contested histories and identities.  Please join the us for a moving evening of visions, sounds and sacredness.

The exhibition Ephemeral Eternity will be extending its run until May 15TH.


June 4th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In related news, opening at GALLERY 72 on June 4th, 2015 will be the exhibition ” Emergence from the Waters” featuring the works of Atlanta metal artist Corrina Sephora.  Emergence from the Waters is a collection of water-themed art spanning the past decade, including debuting new works. Emergence of the Waters is a series of sculptures, paintings, animation and installations of boat forms, birds in flight and other aquatic imagery from the spaces above and below the water’s surface. Sephora’s ideas and concepts, from drawings in tiny notebooks to architectural blueprints that emerge into sculptures, will be on display. The exhibit examines water in all its multi-faceted forms and influences, with towering solid steel waves that have boats and birds tethered to them, ladders that climb into the ephemeris and an installation that draws parallels between a fleet of boats and a flock of birds. Sephora’s storytelling talents will be showcased in Flowing as Water, a fairy tale video inspired by her visit to an adoption support group.



Also, starting in May, GALLERY 72 will begin lunchtime gallery tours. The tours will take place from 1pm to 1:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday except during gallery installations . Please contact the Gallery 72 office for more information. The Gallery 72 phone number is 404-546-3220 and the email is

Gallery 72 is located on the first floor of 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta Ga. 30303

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Ephemeral Eternity Artist Talk at Gallery 72



The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will present artists:

Robin Bernet, Jessica Scott Felder, Karen Tauches and Wendy Phillips in an artists’ talk on the exhibition “Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual and Personal Myth in an Age of Dissolution” at Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta on April 2nd, 2015 from 6-8 pm

Ephemeral Eternity is an exhibition addressing the power of myth, memory and ritual experience to forestall vanishing and contested histories and identities.  Please join the us for a moving evening of insight into the creative ways these artists process the memory, love, and sacredness.

Gallery 72 is located on the first floor of 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta Ga. 30303

This event is free and open to the public. Visit our Event Page to RSVP


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Exhibiting Artists:

Robin Bernat

Robin Bernat’s  art practice involves several media:  She began her artistic career as a book artist and, in many ways, aspects of bookmaking carry over into filmmaking in terms of creating a narrative through the sequencing of images. Poetry and prose frequently provide the narrative structure of her experimental films and installations. Additionally, there is a performance component to her work.

In all of these endeavors, poetry, film and performance Robin Bernat  investigates  ideas about love and loss, faith and longing in attempt to capture what is both beautiful and fleeting. The primary activity of here work is an effort to distill, slow down, observe, remember and recover these fleeting moments. Something about this kind of reflection lends the work a, perhaps, unavoidable melancholy feeling.

She relies heavily on classical ideas of beauty; I find using landscapes, figures and objects a powerful and, frankly, more pleasant way of addressing the provisional.  She is a cultivator of beauty and feeling in language and in visual art as a kind of defiance of irony and what I feel to be the ultimate emptiness of irony.


Jessica Scott Felder- Painting , Sculpture, Installation 

Jessica utilizes drawings and installations with antique objects to transform spaces into psychological realms that are suggestive of maternal figures and ancestral and social narratives. Initially, the chairs represented matriarchal presence and have currently expanded to ancestry. Jessica’s work addresses issues in identity, heritage, culture, and society’s rapidly disintegrating connection to the past.

In performance, Jessica’s body becomes a catalyst for altering the social dynamic of a space. Every aspect of her presence is considered important to the ephemeral work, from the details within the antebellum era clothing (inspired by the drawings of chairs) to the object-­filled vessels that are carried during the performance. Whether the audience is inside of a gallery or on a sidewalk outside, Jessica’s presence silently demands attention through slow and graceful movements. During Jessica’s presence, the physical and social self (or character) creates a psychological mark within the room and in the audience upon its completion.


Karen Tauches

Karen Tauches an Atlanta based designer, curator and multimedia artist who works in photography, film, painting, and sculpture to name just a few. Her works often focus on the transitional worlds between past and present, and the contrast between interior and exterior spaces.

WINDOW  WORLD:.   A window can double as a mundane object, and yet, also a transcendental symbol. It can offer light, a view, or a portal to alternative realms.  I document special moments of contemplation, from two view points –the interior room merged with its adjacent exterior landscape. Each interior view connotes the cozy, privateness of the interior mind. The images are made “in camera” with a medium format Mamiya rb67, using the polaroid back. Through multiple exposures and the bracketing of the aperture, a magical window emerges and disappears. Wilderness and light filter into the ordinariness of a dark room. The window becomes the liminal space between life and other possibilities of existence.


Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips is a photographer and visual artist based in Atlanta. Her recent work has focused on the documentation of the lives of women of African descent in Latin America. Her projects often combine ethnographic interviews with photographic images. Her ethnographic work provides inspiration for her conceptual art projects.

Wendy has studied photography at the International Center for Photography, Maine Photography Workshops, The Penland School of Crafts, and at the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Center for Photography in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is also trained as a psychologist. She is drawn to the alchemy of the darkroom, and her favorite medium is silver gelatin printing on fiber. She has recently begun studying some of the traditional photographic processes including wet plate collodion and ambrotypes.


Gallery 72 Voted Best of Atlanta 2014 by Atlanta Magazine


Gallery 72 BOA14_WinnerBadge2_300pxThe Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Gallery 72 was voted among the Best of Atlanta as part of Atlanta Magazine’s Annual Best of Atlanta issue. Being named a Best of Atlanta Winner this year puts our new City gallery on par with a unique group of restaurants, retailers, and attractions that Atlanta Magazine editors and readers voted as the best the city has to offer.

The December issue of the magazine has already started hitting subscribers, and will go live on on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. In the meantime, help us spread the word! For Twitter and Instagram, post using  @atlantamagazine, #BestofAtlanta, and #BOAWinner. For Facebook, be sure to like Atlanta Magazine and tag them in your posts.

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