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Pullman Yards to host Emory’s Science Gallery artistic exhibitions

An aerial view of Pullman Yards with the Atlanta skyline in the background (Special: Pullman Yards)

By Maria Saporta

The Science Gallery at Emory University will be partnering with Pullman Yards to serve as its host venue for exhibitions that will feature the collaborative talents of Emory researchers and local artists.

The first exhibition – HOOKED: When Want Becomes Need – will launch in the spring of 2022. It is co-produced by the Science Gallery at Emory University and the Science Gallery at King’s College London.

The partnership will explore the intersection of science, art, technology and design with a mission of bolstering Atlanta’s reputation for scientific innovation and artistic expression.

Part of the Science Gallery Network, the Science Gallery at Emory University is one of eight unique partnerships across the world creating one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary, learning experiences for teens and young adults.

Pullman Yards has become a spot for community events and exhibition.s (Photo by Kelly Jordan.)

By merging science, art, and technology, the Science Gallery will showcase a variety of exhibits and programs created to provoke thoughtful dialogue and enrich the minds of its target audience — youth and the creators of tomorrow, as well as the community and visitors to Atlanta. All exhibitions and programs will be free to the public.

“Atlanta is a prominent leader in research, culture, and the arts,” said Audrey Chang, director of Emory’s Science Gallery. “These exhibitions are curated to inspire new ideas and provoke conversation about ourselves and our communities. At the same time, we seek to celebrate the rich cultural history of Atlanta.”

Located in Atlanta’s historic Kirkwood district, Pullman Yards is a 27-acre, 12-building venue that has been reimagined as a hub for cultural and creative engagement.

The exterior of Pullman Yard’s Van Gogh immersive experience. (Photo by Maria Saporta.)

“Our primary goal is to bring the City of Atlanta and the entire region state-of-the-art creative and cultural experiences,” said Maureen Meulen, partner at Atomic Entertainment of Pullman Yards. “With the opening of Science Gallery and our partnership with Emory University, we’re taking this goal even further.”

Pullman Yards, which has been referred to as “a creative city within a city,” was thought to be an ideal venue for exhibitions such as Science Gallery’s HOOKED. Pullman Yards was the site of the multimedia exhibition “Van Gogh: the Immersive Experience,” which opened last May.

“We are excited to partner with an organization that is committed to assisting us in creating an innovative, world-class experience for our audience and visitors,” Emory’s Chang said.

Leading up to the exhibition’s debut, a series of pop-up events will take place virtually and at other locations around Atlanta.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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