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"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."

That's a line from Edgar Allan Poe, the king of the dark and eerie, the strange and surreal. It could also describe the appeal of an exhibition currently on view at the High Museum of Art, called Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin.

Laughlin has been called "Edgar Allan Poe with a camera." He was a Louisiana native and Southern photographer known as the "Father of American Surrealism." A fascinating and irascible character, Laughlin broke boundaries with photographic innovations that linked imagery to the subconscious. 


© Maira Kalman, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

Maira Kalman is perhaps best known by adults for the now iconic "New Yorkistan" and other covers for The New Yorker, or a dozen books including And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty. Kids, on the other hand, know her better for the 18 picture books she's written and illustrated.

Kalman's picture books for children are the inspiration for an exhibition opening this week at the High Museum of Art. It's called The Pursuit of Everything. One of her books, Max Makes a Millionis also being adapted for the stage. Kalman is in town for the play's world premiere at the Alliance Theatre and the exhibition's opening this weekend, but first, she joined On Second Thought from New York.


She took her columns for Teen Vogue seriously, and now she’s taking her skills to NPR.  On Second Thought met Isabella Sarmiento Gomez,  a new NPR Kroc Fellow from Atlanta.

Each year hundreds of people hike the Appalachian Trail, which starts right here in Georgia. This year, two married writers are doing them. We followed up with them for another audio check in along their journey.


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Wikipedia is a highly visited site on the internet, yet only about 17 percent of biographies posted on it are about women. In addition, less than 10 percent of editors are women. On Saturday, March 29, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta joins cultural institutions across the country for the "Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon." Community members will be able to add information to Wikipedia entries on feminism and art.

 

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott spoke with Eva Berlin, digital content specialist at the High Museum, and Melissa Katzin, manager of family programs at the High Museum, about the event.


Today's show featured conversations on disaster relief for Georgia communities, a new release from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a recap of bills moving through the state legislature.

Since Hurricane Michael, On Second Thought has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were devastated by the storm. Their 2018 farm loans are coming due and yet the promised federal disaster funds they need to balance their books isn't here. Sen. David Perdue joined On Second Thought to provide an update on these funds.


Today's show featured interviews with a Georgia film critic and two photographers discussing a new exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Jackie K. Cooper is a retiree who's practiced law, served in the U.S. Air Force and written seven books. The 77-year-old can now add another title to his enviable resume: overnight YouTube sensation. Cooper has reviewed movies, books and television shows on his YouTube page for the past 12 years.


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Between 1983 and 1992, photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley traveled with poet Jonathan Williams along the backroads of the Southeast. Williams covered nine states in search of what he called "outlandish art." Mendes and Manley captured sprawling environments like Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Somerville and the Land of Pasaquan in Buena Vista.

 

Photography and art from their trips are now gathered in an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta called "Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads." Manley and Mendes joined On Second Thought to recap their travels and the importance of self-taught artists in the South.

 


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"On Second Thought" kicked off the first day of spring with a preview of events happening around Georgia.

Theater critic and Arts ATL contributor Kelundra Smith shared her picks for seasonal shows, festivals and events. 


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Yayoi Kusama's “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition at the High Museum of Art at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center is so popular it sold out in days.

The appeal of art by an 89-year-old Japanese woman who lives voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital is not a surprise to Keinon Johnson, one of the High’s newest board members.

Johnson is the national director of urban promotions at Interscope Records who grew up in Harlem attending LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts. (The movie “Fame” was based on student life at the school.) GPB Atlanta’s “All Things Considered” spoke to Johnson inside a High Museum gallery.


Today we discussed the importance of community input in health issues and art museums.

We spoke with Breana Lipscomb, the U.S. maternal health campaign manager for The Center for Reproductive Rights. The organization works to improve health outcomes for women. We also spoke with Wanda Irving, a consultant and mediator, whose daughter died after giving birth in 2017.

We also spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and the museum's efforts to be representative, accessible and inclusive to the community. Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, joined the conversation and discussed similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


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Atlanta's High Museum of Art looked to the community for inspiration for the re-installation of its collection. The recent rotation of artwork more closely reflects Atlanta's demographics. It features more art by women and people of color.

 

This re-installation is part of the museum's effort to make their environment truly representative, accessible and inclusive.

 

We spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and to Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, about similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


What does it mean to have an awakening? For Christopher Paul Curtis, it meant finding his calling in his 40s. After working for more than a decade in Detroit's automobile manufacturing industry, Curtis began writing children's books about the African American experience. His 1996 novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" earned him a John Newbery Medal, making him the first African American man to win this honor. He won again in 2000 for "Bud, Not Buddy" and in 2008 for "Elijah of Buxton." We spoke with Curtis in 2017. 

On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

A teenager in Thomasville, Georgia is facing charges for allegedly stealing a gun from a car earlier in March. We've seen this problem across the state. In 2016 The Trace, an investigative news website, examined firearm theft in Atlanta and Savannah. finding Atlanta led many cities with its rate of guns stolen from automobiles. We spoke with Brian Freskos, a reporter who covers gun trafficking for The Trace.