Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe


The Power of the “Playhouse”

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (THIS EVENT HAS PASSED).

A large clothed doll, wearing a striped top hat and shoes, sits on a bench next to a potted plant with its back facing the camera in the courtyard of Nellie Mae Rowe's garden in this black and white photo. The courtyard is full of mismatched chairs and a table, and a variety of ornaments hang from the tree branches above the doll's head. The doll faces the yard's wooden fence which is topped with potted plants. Beyond the fence, a two-lane road runs in front of the yard, beyond which is a landscape covered with kudzu vines.

Melinda Blauvelt (American, born 1949), Nellie Mae Rowe’s Yard, Vinings, Georgia, 1971, gelatin silver print, 14 11/16 × 21 13/16 inches, promised gift of the artist. © Melinda Blauvelt.


Event Details

Nellie Mae Rowe’s famed home that served as an art environment for guests to visit may no longer exist, but its legacy lives on through this exhibition.

Join our panelists as we look at the space Rowe’s Playhouse occupied in larger histories of Atlanta and how artists’ homes continue to be spaces for art appreciation and community engagement.

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