The oft-neglected but oh-so-promising south end of Downtown is quick becoming a destination for culture and art connoisseurs. Just a short walk from Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery's new home (complete with rooftop performance space) on Forsyth St., another major art facility is opening on May 8. Gallery 72 is bringing new life into the old Atlanta Journal-Constitution space at 72 Marietta St., which was donated to the city after the newspaper moved to the suburbs four years ago. The 475,000-square-foot building, now known as 2 City Plaza, has undergone a $750,000 renovation, which includes a striking nine-story sculptural marquee on the exterior. The lobby redesign and marquee comes via Atlanta-based architects Stanley Beaman and Sears, who won the city's design competition.
The Office of Cultural Affairs has announced the ribbon-cutting and grand opening event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 8. The public can RSVP to attend the event, which features work from six artists and three galleries: Marcia Wood Gallery, Saltworks and Poem 88.
· Check Out the Art Gallery Redesign Picked for the Old AJC Headquarters Downtown [Curbed Atlanta]
· Gallery 72 to open in Downtown's old AJC building [Creative Loafing]
[Images and renderings via Stanley Beaman & Sears.]