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L-R, Brendan Carroll, Modern Marsh Land (2024), Phyllis Alterman Franco, Evening Bird (1991),  Elizabeth Porcel, Trees of Bone (2022), Susan Seydel Cofer, along the Dry Creek, Saultopaul, (2024).


After a year-long hiatus from exhibitions, Poem 88 has been active in the community publishing several catalogue raisonné, including Tom Ventulett: Spaces, Lisa Tuttle: Post-Colonial Karma, and Phyllis Alterman Franco: Collected Works. This fall, Poem 88 will be participating in the first ATLANTA ART FAIR to be held at Pullman Yards October 3-6. We are excited to showcase the works of Brendan Carroll, Susan Seydel Cofer, works from the estate of Phyllis Alterman Franco, and Elizabeth K. Porcel. 

Moving forward, Poem 88 will continue its publishing activities, and pursue special projects that emphasize community engagement and dialogue around ideas of equity, equality, and care for our environment - ideas that have always been integral to the gallery's curatorial program.

In the 14 years in operation (since October 2010), Poem 88 has presented over 88 exhibitions showcasing the work of over 300 metro-Atlanta artists (primarily) and performances and installations including Hormuz Minina’s “Hop, Skip, Jump,” (2017), Paul Stephen Benjamin’s “God Bless America,” in 2016, and Alexis Hudgins’ “Reality Show” (2012). Notable group exhibitions such as “Nymphs and Shepherds Come Away: ten women artists respond to secular themes from the Renaissance” (2016) and “A Whole Tree of Lightning” (2019) gave special attention to women artists whom Bernat expressed were underrepresented in the art world. “Jane Eyre and Emancipation” (2020) explored, too, feminist themes. The "Blue Willow" show in 2017 showcased five Korean-American artists whose work synthesized distinct cultural traditions. Other exhibitions of note include Nikita Gale’s 2012 exhibition, “1961,” Brendan Carroll’s “Stained Glass and Stucco” (2018), Cynthia Farnell’s and Frank Poor’s collaborative “Materia Medica,” (2019), Brian Hitselberger’s “Counterspell” (2017) and the serial “Correspondences" focused on restoring balance to the natural world.

In complement to exhibitions, Poem 88 has offered musical performances, poetry readings, artist talks, lectures, and film screenings including the series Films for the 99% and the Antonioni Movie Marathon. The annual Valentine’s Salon was always been a crowd-pleaser marrying spoken word with an eclectic musical line-up including Argentine Tango and Renaissance music through local chamber ensembles along with jazz legends like Kinah Boto. Finally,  Poem 88 EDITIONS will continue its work engaging and prompting discussion through titles like Lisa Tuttle, post-colonial karma, its most recent publication.

Bernat added, "Whatever the future holds for Poem 88, I'm tremendously grateful to all of the artists I've worked with over the years. It has been an honor to be entrusted with their important work." Over the coming months, Bernat will be pursuing opportunities for independent curating and programming.

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