As Executive Director of the Hammonds House Museum in West End, Karen Comer Lowe aims to showcase established, mid-career and emerging African-born visual artists.
We asked the longtime, well-connected, Atlanta-based curator how she finds inspiration and insight throughout the day.
First tap of the day: I first check the weather app to know what to wear for the day, then I hit Instagram. I find entertainment and inspiration through Tabitha Brown, Art 21 and Chimamanda Adichie. In addition, I can communicate with friends on occasion.
All day long : I mainly read for information of some sort. I turn to NPR during the day for updates and listen to WABE for local news. WSB-TV is also one of my local news sources. I also tap into Saint Heron to access the digital community library. There are some amazing out of print books that are available for free!
Being broadcast: On Apple TV +, I watch “The Shrink Next Door”. It is a must see! On HBO, I watch “And Just Like That”, the “Sex and the City” reboot. I love that these women are trendy, well-rounded, complex characters who make new friendships as middle-aged women.
Reading list : Music is my constant companion. The Creative Conversations soundtrack is a playlist I created from the visual artists and professional artists I interviewed in my Instagram series, Creative Conversations. I constantly listen to this playlist. I also listen to WBLS-Soul Dance Party. It’s a great selection of old school soul music that you don’t hear on local radio. It will surely make you dance!
Podcasts: “The Great Women Artists” by Katy Hessel, “Cerebral Women” by Phyllis Hollis and “Talk Art” by Russell Tovey and Robert Diament. In many cases, you don’t have access to public conversations with visual artists. There is nothing that can replace the artist’s insight. I also like “Jemele Hill is Unbothered”.
Nightstand : I’m currently reading Amanda Gorman’s “Call Us What We Carry”. I read the Saturday New York Times for the arts coverage. I also read “Alma W. Thomas: All is Beautiful”. I can’t wait to see this exhibit at the Columbus Museum this summer.
Most used application: The Calendar app to track appointments, museum events and meetings. It is essential.
Disconnect: I dance to good music. It could be DJ Kemit or D-Nice’s Club Quarantine or DJ Jazzy Jeff’s The Magnificent House Party.