“Something In Particular” Atlanta Opening + Backstory

The opening reception for “Something In Particular” (which took place on April 27) was a blast and I have photographic proof.


This exhibition was curated by Cubby West and Melonie Tharpe as part of an overarching documentary project by the same name that they filmed along with James Martin in 2012 and are in the process of editing now. (Checkout their adorable Kickstarter video.) The hypothesis they are pursuing is that there is something in particular about the South (see how they came up with that name? Eh? Ehh?) that produces the unique art made here. They don’t know what that something is, or even how to characterize Southern art exactly, but they went looking for answers all over the Southeast last year. (A highlight of my trip to Atlanta was sitting with the girls in Cubby’s parents’ garden and drinking too much wine while listening to travel stories. I’m telling you guys, this film has all the fodder to be amazing.)

The “Something In Particular” (SIP) exhibition is a result of the experiences and connections they made on the road, and is the first in what will be a series of exhibitions of Southern art. Housed in the former cafeteria of an Atlanta telephone factory (painstakingly transformed into a gallery by the SIPers, Danielle Bernstein, and Jason Maris), SIP is a group show of ten artists from all over: Memphis, Charleston, Asheville, Durham, and Raleigh. The show is up through May 26 and open to the public Wednesday-Sunday 1-4pm. There will be a closing reception on May 26 from 4-8pm with most of the artists in attendance. See you there!

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