04 February 2010

Dawoud Bey at Emory

Recently I've been thinking that maybe I should blog about what we're doing before we do it, so that other people, if they are so inclined, can find out about these super-cool things we are doing and do them, too.  However, that's for another day!  (Maybe via the popular social networking tool Twitter!)

Tonight we went to the opening reception of "Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey" at Emory University Art Gallery.  Bey was in attendance and gave a gallery talk at the end of the evening.  I really enjoyed the exhibit and the talk, especially when he briefly touched on using art to redefine public spaces and institutions (such as museums), to bring a (often marginalized) segment of the population into these spaces (sometimes for the first time), as viewer, as part of the art, as artist.

Mark especially liked how Bey uses a construct, a fabrication, to emphasize or bring forth a "true nature" of the subject.  Like Emilio Estevez in Breakfast Club.

And, I mean, the portraits were great.  They look really good.  They are large format, very imposing, and, as Bey said, the subjects seem to almost pop out of the picture.  (On view through March 4!)

After the talk, we went to Leon's Full Service in Decatur.  I can't believe this place has been open for a year and we've just now visited!  Good beers, good local food, good service.  We got some "pub frites" with various sauces.  Mark's favorite sauce was the horseradish mayonaise for it's high viscosity and delicious colloidal properties.

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