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Zuckerman Museum opens 'Pause' on Saturday; Atlanta names Emerging Artist winners; 'Field Experiment' finalists selected

Kennesaw State University's Zuckerman Museum of Art opens "Pause," a major show of multimedia work, with a Saturday evening reception.

Focusing on contemporary ideas of stillness and artists' attempts to change or slow time, the show will feature more than 60 multimedia works from metro Atlanta and national artists including Andy Warhol, Dawoud Bey and Rineke Dijkstra.

Highlights include a 50-minute excerpt from Warhol's five hour-long film "Sleep," depicting poet-performance artist John Giorno suspended by seeming stillness; 10 1800s daguerreotypes and tintypes exhibited from the collection of Atlantan George S. Whiteley; and Christina A. West's "Pause," an oversized figure of unnatural color animated by projections on its eyes.

Other artists in "Pause" include Peter Bahouth, Phong Bui, Merce Cunningham, Diana Flowers, Andre Keichian, Elizabeth King, Sean McCormick, Philip Pearlstein, Kehinde Wiley and Stewart Ziff.

The 6-8 p.m. reception will feature performances by Owl Style Zero break-dancing crew, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company Apprenticeship Program and DJing by Owl Radio.

Through June 6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays. Free. 492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. 470-578-3223,


Emerging Artists, ‘Field Experiment’ news

  • The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has selected four 2015 Emerging Artist Awards recipients: choreographer-movement artist MaryGrace Phillips, writer-poet Alex-Gallo Brown, worship artist-playwright Amina S. McIntyre and visual-performance artist Meredith Kooi.

They will be celebrated at a free arts-filled public event at Chastain Arts Center, 7-9 p.m. April 17. 135 W. Wieuca Road N.W., Atlanta.

Each also will receive a $1,500 award. More on the honorees:

  • From 130 entries from five countries, Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center and northeast Georgia’s Hambidge Center have announced five finalists for “Field Experiment,” an art project with a $20,000 commission that will bring the winning presentation to Atlanta this fall.

The finalists — Jeffrey Collins, Mark Wentzel and the team of Kris Pilcher, Kevin Byrd and Dale Adams, all of Atlanta; Micah and Whitney Stansell of College Park; and Mel Chin and Severn Eaton of Asheville, N.C. — receive $2,000 to complete a concept of their projects for display at the annual Hambidge Auction at the Goat Farm on May 30.

The proposals are varied.

Chin and Eaton's "radio based interactive entertainment intervention" is a response to Atlanta's infamously awful rush hour traffic. "Calling in from their vehicles, (participants') unscripted words or noises of frustration, boredom, aggression or anxiety will be transformed into musical invention and looped back to the traffic, the public, the performers," they write.

The Stansells' pitch details a multi-story, multi-location projection project that would grow in scale, run-time and complexity at four sites. "This project invites people to explore the communities and histories of different areas of the city," they write. "The content for each story will be mined from the location where it is to be projected. ... The project will culminate in a fourth location that wraps the built environment in narrative. All four stories will weave together, producing a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts."

The winner will be announced June 5. Details on the finalists' project ideas:

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