The art-world dog days are over. Suddenly, the weather isn’t the only thing that’s overheated. In addition to a burst of gallery openings, this week alone brings three unusual projects into our midst.
The Eastside gallery consortium i45, in collaboration with Possible Futures, presents “Converging Frequencies,” a site-specific public-art piece at the intersection of Krog Street and Lake Avenue/Irwin Street from 6 p.m. to midnight September 17-19. Artists Matt Haffner, Matt Gilbert and Nat Slaughter will evoke the sights and sounds of Inman Park and environs through video, painting and sound.
Though it’s only i45′s second project, the piece suggests a welcome ambition and an outlet for innovative artists.
Flux Projects rolls out a new piece this week as well. Doug Weathersby merges environmental good works, performance and public art in his ES Paint Shed Project, a paint abatement service. You can donate old paint you want to dispose of between today and September 20 (he will pick it up) and watch him work at 351 Moreland Avenue, just south of Tijuana Garage, from September 21 to 30. To schedule a pickup, email email@example.com or call 781-964-6460.
Both projects will have a presence at this year’s FLUX, the one-night extravaganza that will take place October 1 in Castleberry Hill. To learn more about it, attend FLUX executive director Anne Dennington’s talk tomorrow (September 18) at 1 p.m. at Saltworks.
Emory University hosts “Testaments of the Heart: Photographs From the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau,” a multi-venue, multidisciplinary project inspired by Ann Weiss’ book “The Last Album.”
The author builds a picture of the vibrant Jewish life the Nazis snuffed out through photos that their owners took with them to the death camps and stories she collected from them or their families. One hundred of the pictures are on view in five venues across the Emory campus through November 12. Check the website for additional programs — lectures and walking tours – as well as a map of the venues.
On September 28, Emory will present “Testaments of the Heart,” a concert composed of music, from cabaret to classical, that was played and sung in the camps, accompanied by projections of photographs from the book. Italian musicologist Francesco Lotoro, who painstakingly put the music together, will introduce the program. Weiss will also be there. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
The William Breman Museum’s ”Against All Odds: A Two-Part Exhibition Exploring the Lives of Resistance Fighters During the Holocaust,” which opens Sunday, September 19, picks up the story.
The first part, “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” — the subject of the 2008 film “Defiance,” to be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday — chronicles a family and the guerrilla community it built deep in the woods, which sabotaged the Nazis and helped save the lives of many Jews.
“Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Faye Schulman,” Part 2, documents the activities of the Russian Moltava Brigade. Schulman, pictured above with partisans, is the only known Jewish photographer to capture the resistance on film.