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New lecture series at the Contemporary debuts with Nato Thompson of Creative Time

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center kicks off “Contemporary Talks,” a new speaker series, with a lecture by Nato Thompson, chief curator for Creative Time, on Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

The 40-year-old New York-based organization sets the standard for temporary public art projects. It’s a well-timed opener, considering the exponential increase in temporary art projects in Atlanta. Flux Projects is co-sponsor.

Thompson, who is also active as a consultant around the country, has edited two books on the subject — “The Interventionists: A Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life,” a survey of political art of the 1990s, and “A Historic Occasion: Artists Making History.”

The rest of the series roster is intriguing as well:

November 18: Ronald Feldman, art dealer, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. Among the artists his gallery represents are Pepon Osorio, Hanna Wilke, Komar and Melamid and Terry Fox.

January 19: Brad Cloepfil, principal, Allied Works Architecture. This Oregon-based architect’s projects include the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

March 23: Helen Molesworth, chief curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Mark Bradford and Francesca Dimattio are among the artists featured this year.

Dates remain to be announced for William Pope.L, artist and performer, and poet and critic John Yau.

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