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Courtesy of Tino Rodriguez

The Zuckerman Museum’s exhibit Art AIDS America closed this past weekend but not before three Republican Cobb County lawmakers condemned the art as “garbage” in the Marietta Daily Journal.

Kennesaw Exhibit Shows How AIDS Changed American Art

Feb 19, 2016
Courtesy of Tino Rodriguez

On the walls of the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Atlanta artist Robert Sherer’s piece is innocent enough. It’s an illustration in red ink of someone picking some flowers -- the ornamental pink, red and white Sweet Williams -- and putting them in a basket.

Again, it’s in red ink.

“It’s made with HIV-positive and negative blood,” Sherer explained.

Artist, writer, cultural worker Alice Lovelace is one of the subjects of the "ATLas" exhibit at the Zuckerman Museum.
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The independent arts scene here in Atlanta is strong and growing all the time. This isn’t something that began overnight, as Alice Lovelace could tell you. She's is a cultural worker, writer and arts administrator who has been active in the arts in Atlanta since the mid-1970s.

Courtesy of Mike Stasny

Atlanta artist and musician Mike Stasny has made monsters out of furniture and has turned a gallery into a bar.

“So my grandfather was a taxidermist, so when I was growing up playing with Legos and other things, I would play with his unfinished taxidermy projects,” he said. 

That gruesome and skeletal influence of the unfinished taxidermy animals can be seen in his monster sculptures, which are made out of whatever materials are available.