In its 21-year existence, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museumâs exhibitions have been all about history. Not anymore.
The Midtown venueâs latest one, âAtlanta Collects,â is a two-part exhibition featuring art from private collections. The first segment, âTreasures from Atlantaâs Homes,â took place Dec. 5 through Feb. 26 and featured art from the 1800s through the end of the 20th century. The second phase, âTreasures from Atlantaâs Private Collectors,â showcases contemporary works created after 2000, opened March 12 and closes June 11.
âSadly, Atlanta has a bit of a reputation of being not a terribly sophisticated art town, so one of our goals with this exhibition was to showcase Jewish contributions to the visual arts,â Breman Executive Director Aaron Berger said of the museumâs first fine arts exhibition. âSo it was also a secondary goal was to allow people the opportunity to see works of art that are from private collections that have never been exhibited before.â
The second phase includes rarely viewed works by Chuck Close, Thornton Dial, Laurie Lambrecht, Radcliffe Bailey and others. Berger said the museum had hoped to have artwork from 12 collectors but got pieces from 35, spurning it to break the exhibition into two segments.
âThe first part was for artists from 1800 to 1990, including Degas, Warhol and Wyeth. It was a whoâs who of art history,â he said. âThe new one â¦ is more focused on the art of the now. What is the art of today? What are the emerging artists out there?â
The exhibitionâs guest curator is William Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens.
âThe contemporary show highlights works for the 21st century, art of our time, of this generation,â…