Over the weekend, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center opened three new exhibitions and a new chapter for the museum.
“On Tuesday, Sept. 1, we’re very excited to announce our free admission,” said Atlanta Contemporary Executive Director Veronica Kessenich. “Admission was $8, which is not cost prohibitive, but it is a barrier to entry, particularly for our neighborhood. We want more outreach to our neighborhood communities.”
Kessenich only recently took the executive directorship in July. Previously the development director, she replaced Julie Delliquanti, who had served as executive director since July 2014.
Kessenich said she hopes to create a network of patrons. “I’m from Atlanta, and I grew up here. I’ve worked here in the arts for over a decade,” she said. “And one of the things we’re right on the cusp of is taking arts institutions from constantly surviving and bringing them into thrive mode.”
The new exhibits, curated by Atlanta Contemporary’s Daniel Fuller, feature the work of John Riepenhoff, Aleksandra Domanović and Marlon Mullen. They run through Nov. 7.
Atlanta Contemporary’s Art Party, a fundraiser held last weekend, featured a performance by Montreal-based hip-hop artist Narcy, who infuses his music with his Iraqi heritage. There was also a skating rink with the Atlanta Roller Girls, and several of the studio artists at the Contemporary opened up their workspace for party-goers to see their process and work.