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Spruill Gallery opening ‘After Selma’ exhibit; Atlanta to honor photographer documenting race


Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the festival of exhibitions, lectures, commissions, collaborations and more at various venues throughout the metro area, mainly unfolds across the October calendar. But some notable exhibits under the ACP’s wide umbrella are opening this month, including, at Dunwoody’s Spruill Gallery, “After Selma, Work by Joshua Rashaad McFadden.”

Opening with a 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 reception, the show includes pictures by the SCAD graduate student from the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.

Like Atlanta photographer Sheila Pree Bright, who has photographed protests across the country this year in response to the string of police shootings of black young men, McFadden says he is interested in the different approaches of civil rights movement veterans versus politically minded young adults today. And like Bright, McFadden, a lensculture.com “Emerging Talents 2015” honoree and grant recipient, is drawn to intimate and unexpected moments amid the protests.

Through Oct. 24. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Spruill will host a “Projections & Conversations with the Artist” event at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-394-4019, www.spruillgallery.blogspot.com.

Meanwhile, Sheila Pree Bright’s photography will be on view in the exhibit “1960 Now” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia opening Sept. 25 and during “Flux Night 2015: Dream,” the annual one-night-only extravaganza of site-specific visual and performance art, being held Oct. 3 in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

On Sept. 21, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall plans to recognize her for her work with a proclamation declaring Sept. 25 Sheila Pree Bright Day in the city.


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