Mark your calendars.
January 27. SCAD art historian Anne Leader, author of “The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery” (Indiana University Press, not yet released), will talk about the importance of a little-known fresco cycle in the famed Benedictine abbey at 7:30 p.m. at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street. Italian coffee at 6:30 p.m.
January 29. “Spectacle Is Not Development: A Tour of Atlanta’s Neighborhoods” will explore how the spectacle of development does not necessarily translate into equitable growth for urban communities. Presenters of this workshop and tour include Columbus Ward, president of the Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, and Larry Keating, emeritus professor in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. Presentations at 10 a.m., Georgia Hill Community Center, 250 Georgia Avenue S.E..; tour is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Post-tour lunch and discussion at Manuel’s Tavern, $5 for students and residents, $10 for others. Produced by Georgia Tech’s Social Justice Committee within the School of City and Regional Planning and the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America.
February 1. Dawoud Bey, who spent a month photographing members of the Emory University community in a celebration of diversity, will talk about the project at 6 p.m., during the opening reception for his exhibit at the Emory Visual Arts Gallery.
February 2. Artist Julia Christensen, author of “Big Box Reuse” (MIT Press), will speak about this nationwide trend at 6 p.m. in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium, 245 Fourth Street N.W., at Georgia Tech. Co-sponsored by the Kiang Gallery in coordination with its exhibit “After the Suburbs.”
February 3. Laurie Anderson (right), renowned performance artist, will discuss her recent works and collaborative experiments with Georgia Tech students, faculty and researchers and conduct a workshop. 1-2:30 p.m., Hinman Research Building, Georgia Tech. Presented by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology.