Donald Locke, sculptor, painter and critic, succumbed to cancer on Monday at the age of 80.
An Atlantan for the past 20 years, the urbane Guyana native was as skilled with pencil and collage as he was with bronze and oil. In his later years he developed a new sculptural vocabulary, which fused references to and practices of his African, Asian and European ancestries and perhaps was prompted by Southern outsider art as well.
A service for Locke will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 11, in Cannon Chapel at Emory University.
Meanwhile, Atlanta Celebrates Photography has been accepted into Festival of Light, an international consortium of more than 20 photography festivals all over the globe. ACP is one of three member organizations in the United States, the others being Photolucida in Portland, Oregon, and FotoFest in Houston. Membership will allow ACP to increase its international programming and give international exposure to its participants.
In other news, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center seeks nominations for the second annual Nexus Award. The winners of the inaugural award, conceived to honor individuals for contributions to the local art community, were Spelman College museum director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and critic Jerry Cullum. The deadline is December 31. See the website for award criteria and nomination forms.
THURSDAY NIGHT LECTURES
Atlanta photographer Mark Steinmetz will talk about his work. Steinmetz is a classical street photographer. “Greater Atlanta,” the Guggenheim fellow’s most recent book, was deemed one of the top photo books of 2009 by Photo-Eye magazine. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; lecture at 7. Big Studio, Studio E, 887 West Marietta Street. An ACP event. (Photo from “Greater Atlanta.”)
Andy Ditzler will give a multimedia lecture and performance at MOCA GA in conjunction with John Q’s current exhibition on “Memory Flash” in the Education/Resource Center. The talk “incorporates texts and stories, field recordings, live sound and 16mm film projection — including Andy Warhol’s Screen Test films — to examine issues of memory, time, performance and space.” Reception at 6: 30 p.m.; performance at 7.