July 16

8TH ANNUAL KAOP RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK TO BENEFIT: MET ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS

I started my 8th Annual KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk Fundraiser!  Normally we raise money for The Met Opera HD Live in Schools Program, but now with COVID devastating the arts industry, I decided to focus on staff that has been laid off and do not have money coming in.  I am doing 2 separate […]

July 16

8TH ANNUAL KAOP RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK TO BENEFIT: MET OPERA CHORUS ARTISTS INC.

I started my 8th Annual KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk Fundraiser!  Normally we raise money for The Met Opera HD Live in Schools Program, but now with COVID devastating the arts industry, I decided to focus on staff that has been laid off and do not have money coming in.  I am doing 2 separate […]

February 01

MET OPERA LIVE: PORGY & BESS

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when […]

February 01

KAOP PORGY & BESS GROUP DINNER

To end the day of opera festivities after Porgy & Bess, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner at The Smith in the private dining room.  I made the chose the menu items, and did the graphic design for the menu so it looked identical to the regular The Smith Menu with a few special details.  What […]

February 01

PORGY & BESS BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

After the incredible performance of Porgy & Bess, KAOP went backstage for a private Green Room with the artists.  We also went upstairs to the lobby to meet privately with Eric Owens and Angel Joy Blue after their CD signing.  What an incredible day! POSSE VIDEOS:   POSSE PHOTOS:

February 01

THE GRAND TIER BRUNCH: PORGY & BESS

An elegant meal for our 40 guests at The Grand Tier was wonderful.  We enjoyed an appetizer, and a main course, then returned during intermission 95 minutes later for yummy dessert and drinks. POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

February 01

PORGY & BESS PRIVATE LECTURE BY WILL BERGER

Will Berger, esteemed author, radio host, commentator and hosted a private lecture for KAOP on the history and significance of Porgy & Bess prior to the historic Met Opera Live in HD Worldwide Broadcast. Porgy & Bess has nor been performed at The Metropolitan Opera in 25 years. According to the Gershwin Estate, Porgy & […]

January 30

ART OPENING: FABIAN WILLIAMS @OCCASIONAL SUPERSTAR

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January 29

MET OPERA LIVE: LA DAMNATION DE FAUST

Berlioz’s compelling take on the Faust legend returns for the first time in a decade, with an ideal lineup of stars. High-flying tenors Bryan Hymel and Michael Spyres sing the doomed and besotted Faust, opposite dazzling mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the forsaken Marguerite and bass Ildar Abdrazakov as the malevolent Méphistophélès. Edward Gardner conducts. Please […]

January 28

TENTH GRADE PERSONAL PROJECT: BEHIND THE CURTAIN WEB SERIES

At my school all 10th Grade students have to do a project called the Personal Project where we are able to explore a topic of interest for a school year and make a product based off that topic.  I chose opera, specifically the process of making a opera, so for my product I decided to […]

January 09

THE HIGH: VIRGIL ABLOH: “FIGURES OF SPEECH”

This fall, the High presents the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, the modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear in 2018. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” offers an unprecedented survey of Abloh’s creative work over nearly two decades and pulls back the curtain on […]

December 12

THE HIGH: SALLY MANN: A THOUSAND CROSSINGS

For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental and haunting photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. […]

November 23

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: AKHNATEN

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott […]

October 16

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: THE NEW BAUHAUS

The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events […]

September 22

FUNDRAISER: 7TH ANNUAL KAOP RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK

The 7th Annual KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk to raise money for The Met Opera HD Live in Schools Program was great.  This year was extremely hot in Atlanta the day of the walk- so we started the walk this year at Superica and powered up with food before, walked to the park and did […]

September 20

MAIRA KALMAN STUDIO VISIT

I have loved Maira Kalman’s books since I was a baby.  I have read almost all of her children’s books. Meeting her in Atlanta was a dream come true.  Being invited to her home and studio was beyond words.  Most of the work that is normally on the walls was out on loan to “The […]

September 12

THE HIGH: OF ORIGINS & BELONGING, DRAWN FROM ATLANTA

Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn from Atlanta is the third in a series of exhibitions at the High focused on work by Atlanta-based artists. The exhibition features six artists who address issues related to place, belonging, and heritage in their work: Jessica Caldas, Yehimi Cambrón, Xie Caomin, Wihro Kim, Dianna Settles, and Cosmo Whyte. Compelled […]

September 12

THE HIGH: THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING: MAIRA KALMAN’S BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

The High Museum of Art will premiere this colorful exhibition exploring the extensive catalog of Maira Kalman’s imaginative stories and illustrations, which have delighted readers of all ages for more than 30 years. Perhaps best known for her quirky New Yorker magazine covers and brilliant pictorial essays, Kalman (American, born 1949) has published more than […]

September 05

AYANA V. JACKSON ARTIST IN RESIDENCE STUDIO VISIT

Ayana invited me to visit her Artist-in-Residence Studio in upstate New York.  I got to see some previous work, as well as preview her new work having to do with Drexciya for her exhibition at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Chicago in Fall 2019.  A description of the exhibition Ayana was working on is below: […]

July 09

THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING: MAIRA KALMAN’S BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

The High Museum of Art will premiere this colorful exhibition exploring the extensive catalog of Maira Kalman’s imaginative stories and illustrations, which have delighted readers of all ages for more than 30 years. Perhaps best known for her quirky New Yorker magazine covers and brilliant pictorial essays, Kalman (American, born 1949) has published more than […]

June 21

FAY GOLD GALLERY: MAIRA KALMAN- MY FAVORITE THINGS: GOUACHE PAINTINGS & PRINTS

Maira Kalman is known as the beloved author of many books for children, but her art and projects extend in numerous directions.  In recent years, she has choreographed, created an installation with her son Alex Kalman called Sara Berman’s Closet that was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and adult books of all descriptions including Strunk and […]

June 12

ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: RE-WRITING HISTORY EXHIBITION BY FABIOLA JEAN-LOUIS

Re-Writing History is an evolving series of photographs and sculptural paper constructions by Fabiola Jean-Louis that re-envisions the past in light of the racial strife of the present, and alludes to the absence of black women in historical narratives. By situating women of color in unexpected period settings, Jean-Louis questions their absence and reflects on how […]

June 12

ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: VISUAL ACTIVISM & WOMEN IN THE ARTS- ARTIST TALK

Artists Fabiola Jean-Louis, Vanessa German, and Ayana V. Jacksondiscuss visual activism, and the role of history and identity in their work. Moderated by Elia Alba. Join us as these three artists discuss the common themes and overlapping narratives in their work. Through photography, multi-media installations, sculpture, and film, they explore historical and contemporary social issues: […]

June 02

CHARLY PALMER STUDIO VISIT

Charly graciously opened his studio to my friends and I on a Sunday.  We had the best time.  We were able to see his studio space, check out his new studio space, listen to him speak about his work and process, look at his work at our leisure, meet his kids, and just chill in […]

May 23

THE HIGH: THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION: EUROPEAN MASTERWORKS

European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection presents the pioneering collecting approach of Duncan Phillips (1886–1966). As the founding director of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, Phillips opened the first museum of modern art in the United States in 1921. In a gallery added to his family’s Georgian Revival home, he began his mission to define […]

May 17

THE HIGH: THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION: EUROPEAN MASTERWORKS

European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection presents the pioneering collecting approach of Duncan Phillips (1886–1966). As the founding director of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, Phillips opened the first museum of modern art in the United States in 1921. In a gallery added to his family’s Georgian Revival home, he began his mission to define […]

Michael & Whitney Stansell's Let Light Perpetual May 01

ALEX HARRIS: OUR STRANGE NEW LAND: Independent Narrative Movie Sets Across the South

In 2016 I received a commission from the High Museum in Atlanta to photograph in the South. Nearly a decade earlier, having published The Idea of Cuba, I was asked to photograph on the set of Steven Soderbergh’s film CHE. At the time, I imagined that photographing on Soderbergh’s movie set would be fundamentally different […]

March 30

SPELMAN MUSEUM: ART PAPERS LIVE- AMY SHERALD

Amy Sherald immediately rose to international prominence when the National Portrait Gallery unveiled her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in February 2018 to critical acclaim. Amy Sherald, the artist’s first major solo exhibition, features a selection of portraits that exemplify her signature style: sitters with fantastical greyscale skin who are painted against a monochromatic […]

March 28

THE HIGH: HAND TO HAND: SOUTHERN CRAFT OF THE 19TH CENTURY

This exhibition focuses on a selection of masterworks from the High’s holdings of 19th century Southern decorative arts, examining the great achievements in traditional, rural forms of quilts, ceramics, basketry and furniture. The style, techniques and materials of each work reveal not only the talents of their makers, but also the legacy of learned traditions […]

March 28

THE HIGH: WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY: TIME & TEXTURE

A pioneer of color photography, William Christenberry dedicated his career to articulating the unique character of his native Hale County, Alabama. For four decades beginning in the 1960s, Christenberry photographed the vernacular architecture and rural landscape of central Alabama on an annual basis, creating a prolonged study of place and the passing of time. This exhibition […]

February 28

THE HIGH: LOOK AGAIN: 45 YEARS OF COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is a uniquely elastic medium. It can fulfill numerous utilitarian purposes—recording personal memories, chronicling collective histories, or furnishing documentary evidence—yet it also offers dynamic potential for creative expression. The High Museum of Art began collecting photographs in the early 1970s, and the collection now includes more than 7,000 photographs from around the world made […]

February 25

KAOP: BLACKKKLANSMAN MOVIE

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.imdb.com VIDEOS: Club Movie debrief POSSE PHOTOS:

January 12

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

This was one of the best operas I have seen in my lifetime!  I cried and I NEVER CRY in operas.  I was left completely speechless.  I wish I has been able to see this opera in person.  If by some chance the opportunity presents itself with the same key cast- I’m there!!! PROGRAM: Courtesy […]

January 11

THE HIGH: WITH DRAWN ARMS: GLENN KAINO & TOMMIE SMITH

A half century before NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. His historic gesture, and its reverberations […]

December 15

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: LA TRAVIATA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is […]

December 13

2018 CAS POETRY SLAM

My first Poetry Slam for a CAS Project on social justice at school.  My poem did not win because it did not have the cadence of a slam perse but I enjoyed writing, submitting and participating.  My poem is called SHEEP.    

December 07

THE HIGH: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The High is proud to present the most significant North American exhibition in twenty years of work by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this exhibition will take visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through more than sixty years of Kusama’s […]

December 01

POSH KIDS MAGAZINE

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November 30

MET OPERA: IL TRITTICO (IL TABARRO & SUOR ANGELICA

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro, with baritone George Gagnidze as the spurned husband; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Principessa; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes […]

November 30

IL TRITTICO BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET WITH KRISTINE OPOLAIS

Zipped backstage after Suor Angelica to see Kristine for a quick hello and completely lost track of time catching up!  Completely stunned by her performance!  So great to reconnect!  Missed most of Gianni Schicchi but it was worth it. PHOTOS: VIDEOS:                               […]