Kennesaw State presents “Walking Through the Lonesome City”

NEA grant funded site-specific installation by Matt Haffner

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The Kennesaw State University Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art presents “Walking Through the Lonesome City,” a site-specific installation by Assistant Professor Matt Haffner and funded by an NEA Art Works grant awarded to the museum earlier this year. The exhibition will occupy the foyer of the Visual Arts Building through March 29, 2013.


Haffner’s installation will feature video portraits of working-class individuals projected over vinyl and aluminum cutouts that detail aspects of an urban environment. Described as a “timely, fictional, post-apocalyptic visual narrative,” it blends graffiti, photography, film and installation. It will be visible to anyone walking in or near the building, collapsing the distinction between inside and outside, art and architecture, and gallery and public space.


The installation's visibility is one of its unique aspects. "What excites me most about this installation is the number of people it will reach," explains Kirstie Tepper, assistant curator. My hope is that the piece will appeal to people's voyeuristic nature and that they will be curious about this urban streetscape and will be encouraged to think about the relationship of the piece to its environment."


The NEA awarded grants this year totaling more than $24 million to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts.


The installation was also a featured event of the city-wide Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012 Photo Festival.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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