The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will debut its new collection of exhibitions on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a free, daylong open house. Events include gallery talks, artist-and curator-led tours and other activities that coincide with ASC Connect with Culture Day.

Gantt Center President and CEO David Taylor said the new exhibitions “aim is to eliminate stereotypes by exposing individuals to the work of abstract and contemporary artists who are sculptors, photographers, and painters.”

Your FREE Gantt Center tour will include:

The Nature Of Us

The Nature of Us explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of this renowned artist.

Artist talk with Alison Saar: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Guided tour with curator: 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel discussion with artist and Emory University Professor Dr. Michael D. Harris, the curator of Alison Saar: The Nature of Us: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Future is Abstract

Curated by Dexter Wimberly, The Future of Abstract, highlights the work of four multidisciplinary, contemporary artists — Rushern Baker, DeShawn Dumas, Torkwase Dyson, Brenna Youngblood — working in abstract painting and mixed-media. The exhibition includes an array of rigorous, process-driven works made from reclaimed or found materials, as well as classic painting and production techniques.

Abstraction workshop: Gantt Center teaching artist Paul “Paulie” Miller will lead families and individuals through this drop-in workshop that demonstrates the value of symbols, colors, and shapes as they relate to abstraction. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Curator talk with Wimberly and Jen Edwards, of the Bechtler Museum: 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m; Guided tour: 1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Harlem Notes

Harlem Notes is an exhibition of recent paintings by Harlem based artist, Jordan Casteel. The exhibition combines her exterior portraits with details that explore intimacy and the document.

Artist talk with Jordan Casteel, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Guided tour with the artist, 3:45 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.

Father Figure

Father Figure is both documentary photography and personal visual storytelling. Through intimate black-and-white frames, the artist’s aim is to provide insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood.

Additional details about the artists and programming are available at

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