About this Event
Crisscrosses: Benny Andrews and the Poetry of Langston Hughes features a selection of illustrations that artist, activist, and teacher Benny Andrews (1930-2006) created for the publication, Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes. In these deceptively simple illustrations, Andrews creates dynamic worlds for Hughes's words to live in, making space for audiences young and old to connect with and explore the joys, tragedies, and sorrows of the Black American experience found in the poet's verse.
During the summer of 2023, Nadia Scott, an undergraduate at Spelman College, researched illustrations that Georgia artist Benny Andrews created for a book of Langston Hughes's poetry. Her research, conducted at Emory's Rose Library and at the Benny Andrews Foundation in New York, culminated in the exhibition, Crisscrosses: Benny Andrews and the Poetry of Langston Hughes, on view at the Carlos Museum from October 7 through December 10.
Crisscrosses: Benny Andrews and the Poetry of Langston Hughes was developed as the culmination of Nadia’s summer internship with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and partner organization, the Andrews-Humphrey Family Foundation .
Ms. Scott will lead a gallery talk of the exhibition as part of Atlanta Art Week. From Monday, October 2, 2023 until Sunday, October 8, 2023. Atlanta Art Week is designed to showcase the vibrant contemporary art scene of Atlanta, Georgia. AAW is a community-driven weeklong celebration featuring public and private events, that offers a platform to promote art-centered programming that amplifies contemporary art in Atlanta
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Due to the limited space available for gallery talks, a second talk will be offered at 6 p.m.
Image credit: Benny Andrews, Harlem (Langston Hughes Series), 2005, oil on joined paper with painted fabric and paper collage. © Benny Andrews Estate; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle Northeast, Atlanta, United States