Now that Inman and Candler Park have officially begun Atlanta’s fall season with the Fall Festival and Halloween Parade (despite the fact that temperatures still have not realized that we are in October) the rest of the city is catching on and the programming is on a roll. Last weekend Eyedrum began its October line-up for the much anticipated Dead Flowers exhibition. The show features work by Sarah Emerson, Agnes Scott curator Lisa Alembik, Angela Wood, Stan Woodard and Mario Petrirena to name a few. The exhibit, curated by long-time Atlanta artist Susan Cipcic, deals with cycles of life and death as seen in a garden.
Luckily for us, they are focusing on more of the death side of the life cycle. Unlike Christmas (and decorations that are already up in Macy’s, I might add) you can never have enough things to do around Halloween. In the spirit of Halloween and the numerous festivities surrounding it, Eyedrum will be hosting a New Orleans style wake and funeral procession on October 28th as well as a Day of the Dead picnic on November 2nd.
The auxiliary programming for the show is certainly well thought out and will include several nights of film and music performances (all of which can be found at the Eyedrum website), but I think it is safe to say that wake is by far the thing to put on the calendar. A New Orleans style band led by Roger Ruzow will begin the funeral procession at Oakland cemetery and will lead the group through the cemetery and down MLK Drive to Eyedrum. If you aren’t one for exercise don’t worry, it’s only a 1/4 mile walk down the street. The procession will be followed by a wake in the gallery for a person still yet to be decided upon and a potluck meal. After all, the best part of a funeral is the food afterwards, right? Music performances and films will be shown throughout the night.
I have already decided upon my attire for the event and will be bringing some sort of southern delight for the post-procession feeding frenzy. I do love funeral receptions. If you are unsure of what to wear, but you really want to get into it, I am going to be in my Halloween costume for this year which is Wednesday Addams (probably sans braids for the wake). Hopefully that gives you an idea…