We’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of Flux Night to the streets of Atlanta. The site-specific art exhibition went into hibernation after 2013 and this year returns to the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This time, it’s taking over the neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward.
This year’s outdoor exhibition, themed “Dream,” was curated by New York-based art curator Nato Thompson, who was inspired by Dr. King’s place of birth and his legacy. Thompson reached out to both local and international artists to make works inspired by dreams, desires and visions. Among the artists participating are Yoko Ono, Jessica Felder-Scott, Tactical Magic, Arthur Jafa and Elissa Moorhead. The event goes down this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 7 pm to midnight.
Here are five reasons why you should check out “Atlanta’s largest outdoor public art gallery:”
- There’s an amazing roll call of artists. This is a unique opportunity to experience local and international artists in one place. Atlanta artist Sheila Pree Bright, who documented the Black Lives Matter movement, and Dr. King impressionist Stephon Ferguson, will be on site. Artist Pedro Reyes created musical instruments from the guns of drug cartels. A local African-American choir will sing and perform a new composition by Courtesy the Artists. Artist Jennifer Wen Ma will use vocal amplification to bend a beam of light—you’ve got a little bit of everything.
- Hear the dream. Thompson is bringing people from Atlanta and beyond to a speak about how Dr. King inspired them. You’ll hear their words, poems, songs, dreams, essays, speeches, prayers and manifestos on stage.
- Experience Yoko Ono’s Peace Map. Make your mark (literally) on Yoko Ono’s Peace Map with the nearby ‘Imagine Peace‘ stamp. Her installation features a large-scale local and global map and you can stamp where you wish for peace and love to exist. We hope to see the map obscured by the stamps!
- Connect with Atlanta’s history. For the first time, Flux has an overall theme—”Dream.” Every artist was encouraged to explore MLK Jr.’s dream as well as their own. This way, locals can learn more about Atlanta’s past, our future and what these artists’ have to say about it.
- One night only—and it’s free. Seriously, folks. It’s one night so that in itself it’s a great reason to check out Flux Night. For the first time, Flux is in Old Fourth Ward instead of Castleberry Hill, so it’s a different way for you to see the artists’ installation. This year’s montage will be at Auburn and Edgewood between Jackson and Howell near Boulevard. See you there!