Memorial Drive: Nexus Contemporary Art Center

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Memorial Drive: Nexus Contemporary Art Center
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Alumni from the Nexus Contemporary Art Center will take part in a panel discussion presented by Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and ArtsATL.

“Memorial Drive: Nexus Contemporary Art Center” will examine the history of the organization (now the Atlanta Contemporary) and its role in the city’s cultural development. Founded in 1973 as a grassroots photography cooperative, the Nexus Contemporary Art Center became one of the strongest and most influential alternative art spaces in the Southeast.

Panelists include:
-Michael Goodman, a founding member of the Nexus Photography Cooperative and first director of the Nexus Press;
-Mario Petrirena, studio program artist and member of the board of directors;
-Teresa Bramlette Reeves, former gallery director and curator for Nexus Contemporary Arts Center; and
-Louise Shaw, former executive director.

Cathy Fox, former executive editor of and former art critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will provide the opening remarks.

The moderator will be Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. The Rose Library is home to the records of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, and the Nexus Press.

Memorial Drive is a series about the history of the arts in Atlanta. Putting a fresh spin on the old phrase “memory lane,” the series title also honors its namesake, the long road that runs from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain. The series explores the theme of memory, holding that, in order to move forward as a creative community, we also need to look backward.

You will want to park in the Fishburne parking deck. The Rich Building is across the street from the Fishburne Parking so you may want to use the Rich Building's address to locate the parking deck —1602 Fishburne Dr. Atlanta, Georgia 30322. The gates of the parking deck open at 6 p.m. so you can park anywhere in the deck, not just in visitors parking, after 6.

Leaving the parking deck, you will cross Fishburne Drive and walk in front of the Rich Building to the stop sign. At the stop sign look to your right — you will see a 10-story building, the tallest building in the vicinity, that is the library. The entrance of the library faces north, so you will have to walk across the street and cross the bridge towards the Carlos Museum. Once you cross the bridge, follow the sidewalk to the right. The library will be on your right.
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