Zuckerman Museum of Art Collaborates with Clark Atlanta University Art Museum

Tina Dunkley Fellow exhibitions “UNBOUND” and “Looming Chaos” to open Jan. 25

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 12, 2019) — In a unique collaboration, the School of Art and Design’s Zuckerman Museum of Art and Clark Atlanta University Art Museum have combined forces to present the inaugural Tina Dunkley Fellow exhibitions opening in Spring of 2020 at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, located on the Kennesaw campus of Kennesaw State University. The public is invited to attend a free reception on January 25, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m to  celebrate the opening of the exhibitions.

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art’s new exhibitions "UNBOUND," curated by Tina Dunkley Fellow Nzinga Simmons and "Looming Chaos," curated by Tina Dunkley Fellow TK Smith, approach abstraction and its utility in interrogating identity, politics, and artistic expression. The exhibitions are the cumulative project of the inaugural Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows. The multi-institutional, cross-regional curatorial fellowship is a collaborative project between Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Created by Dr. Maurita Poole (CAUAM), the late Justin Rabideau (ZMA), and Brooke Davis Anderson (PAFA), the fellowship is meant to foster the next generation of museum professionals.

“UNBOUND” brings together a multigenerational group of artists whose work takes an inventive and experimental approach to abstraction. Their works consider the essential elements of abstract painting: color, form, gesture, line, and space, through unorthodox use of materials that break the confines of a rectangular canvas, and implode the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. The works on view hang, stretch, tether, and dangle off the walls, breaking free from the bounds of figuration, and complicating the boundaries of painting itself. “UNBOUND” features the works of Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Joe Overstreet, Eric N. Mack, Anthony Akinbola, Krista Clark, and Tariku Shiferaw.

“Looming Chaos” is a solo exhibition of Atlanta-based artist Zipporah Camille Thompson. The exhibition explores the artist’s use of weaving to engage ideas of chaos. Thompson conceptualizes chaos as the tensions associated with personal and universal experiences of disaster and catastrophe. Her weaving practice enables her to materialize the destruction, disorder, and confusions of the world, transforming them into fantastical fiber abstractions. The deterioration of the environment, tumultuous personal histories, and the complexities of her own identity become fodder for creation.

The Spring exhibitions open January 25 and will run through May 10, 2020. A free reception will be held on January 25, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit arts.kennesaw.edu/zuckerman.