THE CAMPAIGN FOR ATLANTA: an essay on queer migration by John Q
Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18, 2013 6:30pm reception, 7pm performance, no late seatings can be accommodated $8/person, Atlanta Cyclorama, 800 Cherokee Avenue in Atlanta’s Grant Park
“[an] ambitious work…promises to be an unusual combination of cinema, painting, the written word, and performance.” -CREATIVE LOAFING ANNOUNCEMENT
“This is huge for Atlanta! Combining contemporary artistic platforms and historically-imbued venues is not only contextually compelling, but also will hopefully forge a path for more challenging public works in our city.” -BURNAWAY PREVIEW
The Atlanta Campaign was a Civil War military strategy that moved Union troops through the state and into the city. The Campaign for Atlanta is a performative essay about queer migration into urban areas.
Crawford Barton, an artist who photo-documented San Francisco’s Castro district through decades of immense social and political change, was a Georgia native from the rural town of Resaca. The Campaign for Atlanta features Barton’s exhilarating Super-8 movies of 1970s San Francisco, Resaca, and Atlanta, archived and unseen for decades.
See our interview with the National Council on Public History HERE.
Coverage in the GA Voice HERE.
John Q is an idea collective whose name references “John Q. Public.” The “public” is left understood, though the work is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” is left hanging to reference the group’s interest in queer history and politics. The collective consists of Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr.
2011 award from Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue (NY)
contact us at JohnQcollective[at]gmail[dot]com