We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with the Atlanta Contemporary's curator Daniel Fuller. The museum hosts exhibitions in its many galleries, with works from international, national and local contemporary artists, throughout the year. Currently, Fuller is bringing in new talent from all over to Atlanta and giving a big stage to emerging artists. Last year, the museum eliminated entrance fees and it’s now free.
Though Fuller only took the post of curator at the Atlanta Contemporary about a year ago, requiring a move from Portland, Maine down to our fair city, he has spent the last 365 days immersing himself in Atlanta’s culture and food scene. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Fuller himself.
I live in… “Old Fourth Ward. When I was moving to town, I really didn’t know much of anything. But, all of the internet research I did pointed me here. There is the tremendous history with Martin Luther King, Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church, WERD Radio, and the Sweet Auburn Historic District . There’s Wheat Street Gardens, easy accessibility to the Atlanta BeltLine, and the incredible Historic Fourth Ward Park. I’m from cities where you walk everywhere and the amount that’s accessible via foot is incredible here.”
I Wish People Knew… “Piedmont Park has an Isamu Noguchi Playscapes. Noguchi fancied himself a playground designer and pitched ideas to NYC, Detroit, Chicago and no one said yes — until Atlanta. It’s his only playground in America and it’s super cool.”
You Can Find Me… “At the Atlanta Contemporary. Sure, it’s where I work, but it’s easily my favorite place in Atlanta. I have the greatest job on earth, traveling all over the place, seeing art, and bringing the best of it home. Ask for me at the desk and we can play ping-pong.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m headed to… “Candler Park Market to grab a bottle of wine and eating at Eat Me Speak Me. Miller Union is where I had my first date with the love of my life, so it will always be someplace special to me. Their veggie plate is unreal good. Shout-outs to Gaja for Korean, to Octopus Bar for being there for all us insomniacs, to Little’s Food for a grilled cheese and fries, and to Buford Highway Farmer’s Market for being the greatest culinary experience on earth.”
Clock strikes 5 o’clock, I’m drinking… “Bourbon. I do enjoy the Northside Tavern after work — it has character. The Brick Store Pub, the Porter, and Argosy are a little fancy but will do for a good beer. And for a good cocktail, Kimball House or Ticonderoga Club.”
If I Had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d check into… “Airbnb’s Buckhead Treehouse. Straight out of a movie. It was just named their #1 most desirable listing worldwide. Plus, it’s owned by a super good artist.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret Is… “The Sol LeWitt public sculpture, “54 Columns.” This is the third city in which I’ve lived just down the street from one. This one, literally, is Atlanta and needs to be celebrated more.”
When I’m Playing Tourist, I go… “outside the city in Summerville to Howard Finister’s Paradise Garden. Quite literally one of my favorite places on earth. Once back in town, we will go to the King Center and the Eternal Flame. Moving beyond belief. Third stop is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a 52-story hotel designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr. It was the largest atrium in the world upon its completion in 1985, at 470 feet high.”
I Get My Sweat On… “At Atlanta Memorial Park, which runs beside Tanyard Creek. It’s a break, a retreat from a busy area. Plus, it has everything you could want in a park.”
I Love Spending My Money At... “Tweeds on the Westside. Beautiful stuff. Also, I’m totally into sneakers and often hit up A Ma Maniére, Wish and the Stratosphere in Little Five Points for new kicks.”