New contemporary art gallery coming to downtown Atlanta
When MODA relocated from Downtown’s Peachtree Center area to Midtown last year, they made a smart move. Now sitting across the street from the High Museum, they have better visibility and their new space is a big improvement over the old one.
On the down side, they left a noticeable gap Downtown with the loss of a major gallery for exciting new art**. That changes later this year when a new gallery for contemporary art opens on Marietta Street. Owned by the City of Atlanta, the space, in the former AJC offices, will be retooled with a spiffy new design.
The re-imagined former Atlanta Journal-Constitution building at 72 Marietta Street. Downtown architectural firm Stanley, Beaman & Sears was recently named the winner of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs’ RE-DESIGN competition, which sought a creative solution for the 3,000-sq ft vacant lobby space of the building.
The new function of this space will serve the City of Atlanta as a contemporary gallery, hosting local, national and international works of art on view for the public.
(Photo courtesy Stanley, Beaman & Sears)
I’m looking forward to having a nice new gallery in the neighborhood! While rich in events facilities of other kinds, downtown is (in my opinion, anyway) lacking in cultural spaces. I really enjoyed having last summer’s Elevate event here and others like Flux have been good for the area. But it will be particularly great to have a permanent space for art like this.
** EDIT: Terry in the comments helpfully points out (to my embarrassment) that there is a contemporary art gallery called Kessinich Contemporary in the old MODA space downtown. He’s got a nice set of photos of the gallery there.