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Emory Acquires Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Archives

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library has acquired the institutional papers of Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, reports Howard Pousner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The acquisition is a recognition of our institution’s rich, forty-two-year history and legacy,” Julie Delliquanti, the Westside art center’s executive director said, calling the records “a history that deserves to be researched, studied and considered by researchers, scholars, artists, students and the general public who are interested in the arts, history and politics of Atlanta and the critical role that the Contemporary has played in the region.”

Comprising over 120 linear feet of material, the collection includes administrative records, exhibition files, and exhibit catalogs put out by the Contemporary (and its earlier incarnation, Nexus Contemporary Art Center), as well as rare artist books produced by Nexus Press. “We may always hear about New York City, Los Angeles and other places but everything that went on in those places happened here too, just on a smaller scale,” said the library’s curator of modern political and historical collections, Randy Gue.

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