ArtsATL and Atlanta PlanIt bring you the most complete guide to arts and cultural activities in the metro area. Pair Atlanta PlanIt’s comprehensive calendar (click on the green logo) with our weekly highlights, listed below.
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An Evening with Sally Mann. The renowned photographer discusses her book Hold Still with Jackson Fine Art Founder Jane Jackson. May 20 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Amandine Drouet: Plastique. In her review, ArtsATL critic Faith McClure admires the way “the beauty of [Drouet’s] objects is woven into the conceptual direction of the work.” Through May 27. Swan Coach House.
Constance Thalken: Eyes Open Slowly. The artist uses taxidermy in her sculptural assemblages to “to investigate the tangled and often paradoxical relationship between human and animal.” Through June 20. whitespace.
Barry Rhodes, Christine Kosiba, Leisa Rich. A trio of solo shows features Rhodes’ ceramic discs, Kosiba’s animal sculptures and Rich’s three-dimensional mixed media textile art. Through June 27. Signature Gallery.
Bruce Davidson: In Color and The Brooklyn Gang. Concurrent exhibitions by the renowned photographer focus on works in color and on his series depicting New York City youth street culture in 1959. May 15-August 1. Jackson Fine Art.
Romy Aura Maloon: Epiphany is not a Blazing Light. New sculpture, installations and drawings by the Atlanta-based artist. Opening May 16 at 7 p.m. Beep Beep Gallery.
Lucinda’s World Part III: Weathered Chromes. The Atlanta-based photographer will present the third of a series of four exhibitions, each at a different venue, with an exhibit recent abstractions at Marcia Wood Gallery’s new midtown space. May 21-June 20. Marcia Wood Gallery, Midtown.
Nexus Award: Michael Rooks. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center honors High Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Michael Rooks with its annual Nexus Award, given to individuals, groups or organizations that have made significant contributions to Atlanta’s contemporary arts landscape. May 19 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.
Larry Jens Anderson: The Atlanta Years. A new retrospective includes approximately 100 drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and more created since Anderson’s arrival in Atlanta in 1979. Through July 3. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press. An exhibition examines the 28 years of Nexus Press, an innovative Atlanta-based printer of artists’ books. Through July 25. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
In Kyoung Chun: You are Here. Poem 88 inaugurates its new space in the Westside Provisions District with Atlanta artist In Kyoung Chun’s second solo show of paintings and sculptures for the gallery. Through xx. Poem 88.
Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden. The British artist has created site-specific installations using hundreds of miles of optic fiber. May 2-October 3, 6-11 p.m. Our video interview with the artist. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Pause. In his review, artist and ArtsATL critic Nathan Sharatt says this show of “portraits that attempt to alter time” is “multidimensional and intellectually robust.” Through June 6. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Rachel Simone James. MINT Gallery and Jane Garver present the gallery’s first Process Residency featuring the Brooklyn-based artist. Through May 31. MINT Gallery.
Los Trompos. A new site-specific installation by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, located on the Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, takes its inspiration from the colorful tradition of Mexican spinning tops. Through November 9. High Museum.
Michael Lin: Utah Sky 2065-40 (blue curve). The acclaimed Shanghai-based artist covers the floor of the High Museum’s Robinson Atrium with a monumental, site-specific painting. High Museum.
Design for Healthy Living. A new exhibition explores the impact of the built environment on human health. In his review, ArtsATL critic Michael Kahn says that although the show is visually stimulating, it’s ultimately “more a platform for advocacy than a realistic reckoning of the needs and the complexities of realizing such projects.” Through August 9. Museum of Design Atlanta.
GYRE: The Plastic Ocean. An exhibition at the CDC in association with the Smithsonian combines art and science to examine the global problem of discarded plastic. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jeff Stafford says it’s an exhibition that can “educate, confront, inspire or even outrage.” Through June 19. David J Sencer CDC Museum.
Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds. A retrospective of the eminent (late) Cuban artist, who fused western art movements, Afro-Cuban symbolism and Santería. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum calls the exhibition “singularly enlightening presentation of a startlingly beautiful body of work.” Through May 24. High Museum of Art.
New Worlds: José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou. Brooklyn-based Parlá and Atlanta-based Pecou respond to the work of Lam. Through May 24. High Museum of Art.
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. A major exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art explores the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with African art. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz calls an intelligent and exhilarating look at man’s relationship with the celestial from ancient times to the present.” Through June 21. Carlos Museum.
Nancy Sherman, Afterwar: Healing the Wounds of Our Soldiers. Philosopher Nancy Sherman turns her attention to the challenge of healing the psychological wounds of war veterans. May 23 at 2 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Lawrence Jackson and Alex Sayf Cummings, City by City. The authors discuss their new work, a collection of essays about the present and future of American cities. May 28 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.
Funny Story Live. Atlanta author, playwright and actor Topher Payne presents live performances and readings based on the essays from his recent audiobook collection Funny Story. May 20 at 9 p.m. Highland Ballroom.
Ship of Fools. Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor of Tel Aviv present the American premiere of their work Ship of Fools as part of the Tanz Farm series of performances. May 21-24. Goat Farm Arts Center.
MAD 2015. Modern Atlanta Dance Festival brings together some of the highlights of the year in Atlanta dance including works from Atlanta companies Staibdance, Fly on a Wall and Full Radiance as well as the Atlanta debut of the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. May 22-23. Balzer Theatre at Herren’s.
Prelude to Too. The dancers of the Atlanta Ballet’s contemporary chamber group Wabi Sabi collaborate with the circus artists of Backside of the Tent and the actors of Dad’s Garage at the former Rhodes Theatre to preview a new interactive performance which will have its full production in August. May 29-30. Rhodes Theatre.
Nicole Livieratos, PATH. The Atlanta-based choreographer and performance artist presents new work at Whitespace gallery’s Whitespec in collaboration with Technical Director Chip Gooding. Through May 30. Whitespec.
Iris. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says that Albert Maysles’ documentary about 93-year-old New York style maven Iris Apfel is “a fitting last work for a man whose long career celebrated American individualism in its many facets.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Margaret Walker: For My People. The Atlanta Cyclorama presents a free screening of a new documentary about Margaret Walker, author of the 1966 historical novel Jubilee, which was among the first to tell the story of the Civil War from the perspective of African-American characters. May 28 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Cyclorama.
D-Train. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says the comedy about a man tracking down an old high school classmate who has become a Hollywood actor is “not quite edgy enough.” Atlanta area theaters.
The 100-Year-Old Man. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says the real strength of this Swedish film about a centenarian who steps out of the ground-floor window of his assisted living home lies in its “charmingly idiosyncratic characters.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Clouds of Sils Maria. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says the new drama from French filmmaker Oliver Assayas is “who wants to witness the alchemy that happens between a couple of actors like Binoche and Stewart, playing together at peak performance. UA Tara Cinemas 4.
Atlanta Jazz Festival. The city of Atlanta presents a weekend of free concerts in Piedmont Park. May 22-24. Piedmont Park.
Three Decembers. The Atlanta Opera presents an intimate production of Jake Heggie’s 2008 opera about an aging star and her family. May 29-31. Alliance Theatre.
Music of the Mad Men Era. The Atlanta Symphony under the baton of Conductor Steven Reineke presents a pops concert focusing on music of the 1960s featuring vocalists Nikki Renée Daniels and Ryan Silverman. May 22-23. Symphony Hall.
Merchant of Venice. Doug Kaye takes on the role of Shylock and Amee Vyas plays Portia. Through May 24. New American Shakespeare Tavern.
Water by the Spoonful. Director Grant McGowan presents the Atlanta premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about recovering addicts and Iraq veterans who find each other online. May 21-June 13. Pinch n Ouch Theatre.
Sylvia. Stage Door presents a new production of A.R. Gurney’s popular romantic comedy about a couple and their dog Sylvia. Through June 7. Stage Door Players.
Secret Garden. Serenbe Playhouse presents an outdoor production of a world premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle based on the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. May 29 to August 2. Serenbe.
Shadows and Light. A new musical by Atlanta playwright and director Annie Cook features the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Through May 30. Out of Box Theatre.
The Whale. Actors’ Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley takes on the lead role in Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning drama about a 600 pound man who seeks to reconnect with his daughter. Through June 14. Actor’s Express.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The Horizon takes on Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning play, a spoof of Chekhovian drama. Through June 28. Horizon Theatre.
Crazyanity. The hard-hitting dramatic playwright and ArtsATL “30 under 30” playwright Paris Crayton III presents the world premiere of his first comedy. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says that, in spite of a few weak spots, the “likable” comedy “evokes genuine laughs from beginning to end.” Through May 24. West End Performing Arts Center.
Hands on a Hardbody. Serenbe’s Brian Clowdus directs this musical version of the acclaimed 1997 documentary about a grueling contest in Texas to determine the winner of a new hardbody truck. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer says the “goofy, unorthodox production” is “redeemed by catchy songs and a lively cast.” In a preview story, Farmer interviewed Tony-nominated performer Hunter Foster. Through May 31. Aurora Theatre.
Die, Mommie, Die! Atlanta playwright and actor Topher Payne performs as Hollywood grande dame Angela Arden, a campy role made famous by the show’s playwright, drag legend Charles Busch. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander calls the new production “winningly silly.” Through May 23. Process Theatre.
King of Pops: The Post-Apocalyptic Musical. Dad’s Garage presents a new musical comedy about the popular Atlanta popsicle vendor, King of Pops. In her review, ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith says that, in spite of a few flaws, the show is a great opportunity for “letting loose, laughing at the silliness and grabbing a pop at concessions.” Through May 30. 7 Stages.
Decatur Arts Festival. An artists’ market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events, dance performances and more mark the 2015 Decatur Arts Festival. May 22-23. Downtown Decatur.
Spoleto Festival USA. Opera, theater, music and dance mark the 39th Spoleto Festival, this year including performances from Shakespeare’s Globe, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Brown Dance and the Scottish Ballet. May 22-June 7. Charleston, South Carolina.
Flannery and Fashion at Mid-Century. A new exhibition at Andalusia, the home of Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor, features the property’s collection of textiles including clothes made for O’Connor by her mother, Regina, a talented seamstress. Through November 1. Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville.
Cashin’s Sculpture Garden. A new sculpture garden in Alpharetta. Cashin’s Sculpture Garden, Chukkar Farm, Alpharetta.
Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Grand Opening. The new Botanical Garden facility is a woodlands, replete with streams and “rooms” of native species. Our video preview. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.
The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office. An exhibition of work by nine White House photographers includes rarely seen images from the Kennedy years to the Obama Administration. Through June 7. Booth Museum.
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