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Speaking of Making: Louisiana Pettway Bendolph in Conversation with Virginia Prescott, joined by Matt Arnett and Lonnie Holley

  • Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta History Center Midtown Campus 979 Crescent Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

Presented by AIR Serenbe, in partnership with Atlanta History Center and Grocery on Home.

Join GPB's On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott in conversation with Louisiana Pettway Bendolph, Matt Arnett, and Lonnie Holley, as they discuss Bendolph’s dynamic art, Southern African American artmaking traditions, and the world famous community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where Bendolph is from. Bendolph is a visual artist and quilt maker from Alabama and is the 2018 recipient of AIR Serenbe's Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist working in textiles.

7pm Doors
7:30pm T
$10 General Admission, $7 Students and Seniors
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Louisiana Pettway Bendolph is among the younger generation of quilt makers whose work was included in the national touring exhibition Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. She starts her process with a sketch and then moves into improvisation and innovation using bright, new fabrics. The resulting quilts are stunning abstractions. She has exhibited at the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. and Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the U.S. Department of State, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

Virginia Prescott is the host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought. Prescott, formerly of New Hampshire Public Radio, is the Gracie Award-winning host of Word of Mouth, Civics 101, The 10-Minute Writers Workshop podcasts, and the Writers on A New England Stage series on NHPR. Prior to joining NHPR, she was editor, producer, and director for NPR programs On Point and Here & Now, and directed interactive media for New York Public Radio. Throughout her radio career, Virginia has worked to build sustainable independent radio in the developing world and has trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the Balkans. She has been honored for her contributions with a Gracie award for her work on Word of Mouth, a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, and was a member of the Peabody Award-winning production team for Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley. Virginia loves working in public radio, but regrets that so many good outfits go unnoticed.

Matt Arnett is an independent curator and music producer based in Atlanta, GA.

Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was never afforded the pleasure of a real childhood. Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January of 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the acclaimed artist’s studio.