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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artDBF. An arts and culture showcase at the Decatur Book Festival features visual art, mobile galleries, music, theatrical performances, installations and interactive elements from Atlanta area artists and organizations, including ArtsATL in Conversation: Nexus Press. See our article for previews some of the related events. September 4-6. Downtown Decatur.
Monster Drawing Rally. Seventy-five Atlanta-based artists including some of those represented in the High’s Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines create drawings live and on sale to visitors for $75 a piece. September 12 at 1 p.m. High Museum.
august geometry. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum says that this “inspired group show is situated somewhere between a trip into non-Euclidean spaces and the sort of mathematical surrealism Lewis Carroll inserted into Alice in Wonderland.” Through September 5. Marcia Wood.
The Sorrow of Too Many Joys. A new exhibition examines satire and caricature utilized by artists in 19th-century France such as Manet, Isabey and Daumier. September 5-December 6. Oglethorpe University Art Museum.
Howardena Pindell. A solo exhibition features the artist’s oblong and unstretched canvases, as well as her experimentation with hole-punched dots, hand drawn arrows, printed text and personal postcards. August 25-December 5. Spelman Museum of Art.
the sQuaRe show. New artwork from the Atlanta Collage Society highlights interactivity through the use of QR codes that direct viewers to various aspects of the Atlanta Beltline. Opening reception, August 29 at 6 p.m. Through September 26. Gallery L1.
Five exhibitions. Zuckerman Museum celebrates the opening of Anamnēsis, a collection of the work of artist Maria Artemis; Maria Artemis Selects Ruth Zuckerman; RITES, featuring the work of four African-American male artists; Forget Me Not, a group show focusing on the process of memory through forgetting; Marking Time, Beth Lilly’s interactive sculpture based on the ancient tradition of cairns; and Introductions, showcasing new KSU faculty members. Opening reception August 22 at 6 p.m. Exhibitions through December 6. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Aleksandra Domanović, John Riepenhoff, Marlon Mullen. The Atlanta Contemporary opens three solo shows: Domanović’s examination of the phenomenon in ex-Yugoslovian republics of public statues which memorialize Hollywood stars, Riepenhoff’s large-scale plein air paintings of the night sky and his collaborative figurative sculptures, and Mullen’s abstract canvases based on found images. Opening night Art Party August 29 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through November 7. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Marcy Starz: Cold Comfort. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum says that Starz’s symbolic images of couples depicted in oils on floral-print bedsheets “are elementary but powerful.” Through September 19. Beep Beep.
Heat Wave. A new group exhibition features Arts Exchange artists Jim Alexander, Marc Brotherton, Connie Cross, Elyse Defoor, Craig Drennen, Phyllis Free, Ben Goldman, Dana Gray, Anna Hamer, Billy Howard, Rameses Jones, Mark Liebert, Laurie Shock, Tommy Taylor and Lisa Tuttle. Opening reception August 14 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 26. The Arts Exchange.
Soft Eyes. A new group exhibition curated by Peter Schulte features the work of Douglas Degges, John Dilg, Hamlett Dobbins, Katy Fischer, Julia Fish, Travis Head, Scott Ingram, Andy Moon Wilson, Amy Pleasant, Leah Raintree and Richard Rezac. Through September 12. Whitespace.
The Drawing Experiment. An exhibition of drawings by 12 artists, each assigned to mark six square-feet of wall with dry media over the course of three weeks. In his review, ArtsATL critic Dan Weiskopf says the show “collects a rich set of responses, both serious and playful, to its governing premise.” Through September 12. Chastain Arts Center.
Transformations. A new juried group show of Atlanta-based artists takes its theme from the current restoration and repurposing of several of the buildings on the Callanwolde property. Artist talk August 10 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 11. Callanwolde Gallery.
Love Marks the Spot. A new solo show of graffiti-inspired canvases by artist Jeremy Brown. Opening reception August 7 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 12. Kai Lin Art.
Outside In / Clear Reflections / Hiding in Plain Sight. Outside In features eight major graffiti artists with strong Atlanta ties: WON 2, POEST, SHIE 1, SB ONE, DAX, VIPER, WEB 1, BASER and Frank Morrison. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith interviews the exhibition’s curator POEST. Hiding in Plain Sight examines the work of outsider artist Purvis Young, and Clear Reflections is a group exhibition of realist paintings and drawings. Through September 25. Mason Fine Art.
Portalism: New Moves by WonderRoot’s 2014/2015 Walthall Artist Fellows. The 2014-15 Walthall Fellows present an exhibition of their work. In her review, ArtsATL critic Faith McClure says that the exhibition’s series of performative symposia became a “symbiotic force animating the artists’ works,” and in his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander considers the opening night dance performances themselves. Through September 12. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines. High Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Michael Rooks presents a major exhibition featuring recently acquired works on paper by Georgia-based artists. In her review, ArtsATL critic Catherine Fox both admires and has misgivings about the show’s “grand embrace” of a wide range of Atlanta artists. Through October 4. High Museum of Art.
Nightingales: film and mixed media work by Jonathan Bouknight. The winner of a Working Artist Project, Bouknight has created a film described as “a durational meditation on one’s continual reach for ideals beyond physical limitations” and related mixed media works. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says the exhibition is “memorable for the film’s crystalline glimpse into a strange and difficult world.” Through September 12. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith. An abridged version of a 2008 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum includes signature pieces by the famed 20th century jewelry designer. In an article about the exhibition, ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill puts the work in the context of the artist’s life and career. Through September 13. High Museum of Art.
Brett Weston. The High unveils a new installation of 28 recently-acquired prints by the great mid-century American photographer. Through January 10, 2016. High Museum.
Alex Katz: This is Now. A new exhibition explores the development of landscape in Katz’s career, from a seminal subject in his earliest work to its prominence in Katz’s art of the last twenty-five years. ArtsATL critic Faith McClure speaks with Katz in an interview. In her review, McClure says that a typical Katz painting is “an incredible feat with such economy of paint.” Through September 6. High Museum.
Decatur Book Festival. Atlanta’s largest literary event brings hundreds of writers, including keynote speaker Erica Jong, to Decatur for readings, discussions and panel events. ArtsATL critic Anjali Enjeti previews the literary side of the festival, and an article by ArtsATL staff previews some of the related happenings. September 4-6. Downtown Decatur.
Steven Satterfield, Root to Leaf. The chef of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant Miller Union discusses his new cookbook. In a preview story, ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill interviews Satterfield about his farm-to-table philosophy. September 3 at 6 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Todd Brewster, Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. The author discusses his latest work of history, a close look at Lincoln during the time of the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation. September 10 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Portrait of Alexander. Cindy Patterson, professor of history at Emory, leads readers through three different literary portraits of Alexander the Great: The Life of Alexander by Plutarch; the anonymous Greek Alexander Romance, a text with origins in early Ptolemaic Alexandria; and Mary Renault’s 20th-century novel The Persian Boy. August 31, September 14, and October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Skwirlhaus. New work from Atlanta choreographers Corian Ellisor, Bubba Carr and Jerylann Warner. September 4-5. Skwirlhaus.
Master Class with Ronald K. Brown. The renowned New York-based choreographer teaches a free-for-students masterclass in advance of his company’s performance later in the month as part of the National Black Arts Festival. September 11 at 5 p.m. Sylvan Hills Middle School.
Blessed, Blessed Oblivion. The Atlanta Contemporary presents a short film by American-born Palestinian artist and sculptor Jumanna Manna, part of a series of free outdoor video art screenings. September 9 at 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Digging for Fire. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says this new movie from Joe Swanberg is “a sweet, unsentimental meditation on the daily work of maintaining a marriage.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Fox hosts a 40th-anniversary screening of the classic comedy followed by a Q&A with original Monty Python member Terry Jones. September 8 at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Forging Cinematic Identities: Eran Riklis. Riklis, one of Israel’s most acclaimed filmmakers, participates in a residency at Emory which includes screenings of his films and a series of lectures. August 26-September 11. Emory.
Listen to Me, Marlon. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says that this new documentary about actor Marlon Brando is “valuable for the old footage, turning the clock backward and restoring him to the vigorous beauty he abused in later years.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Jennifer Stumm, Viola, and Roman Rabinovich, Piano. The Atlanta-born renowned violist, hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of her playing, performs works by Brahms accompanied by Rabinovich on piano. September 1 at 8 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Forging New Connections. The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra presents a celebration of English composer Henry Purcell and his contemporaries. September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Bill Lowe Gallery.
Winter Journey. Franz Schubert’s song cycle gets a full production from the Atlanta Opera with multimedia visual projections by artist Vita Tzykun and with vocals by baritone David Adam Moore singing the role of Schubert’s poet-narrator. Opening September 12 at 8 p.m. at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center. The performances continue from September 17-20 at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.
Shadows and Light. A concert version of Out of Box Theatre Company’s May production of Shadows and Light, a show honoring the work of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. September 4-6. Out of Box Theatre.
Keys, Pistons, and Pipes: Music for flute, trumpet, and organ. Three Nashville soloists – Belmont University School of Music faculty Carolyn and Joel Treybig and Brentwood United Methodist Church organist Gregg Bunn – join forces for a free concert featuring solo and chamber music from the Baroque to the present. September 12 at 3 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Memphis. Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key directs a production of the Tony Award-winning musical about the early days of rock and roll in Memphis. The production moves from Aurora, where it opened in August, to the Rialto, where it will run in September. In her review of the Aurora production, ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith says that “even when it stumbles, this family-friendly musical has all of the right pieces for a fun night at the theatre.” September 10-20. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Other Desert Cities. The Atlanta premiere of Kirk Seaman’s Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award-winning play about a woman who returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her family and to tell them she’s writing a memoir about a tragic event in their past. September 11-26. Out of Box Theatre.
Stupid F*cking Bird. Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere of Aaron Posner’s hit comedy, an in-your-face update of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. September 12-October 11. Actor’s Express.
Celles d’en Haut. Théâtre du Rêve and 7 Stages collaborate on a new play about a group of women in a 1950s mental institution on an isolated mountaintop. September 9-20. 7 Stages.
Calendar Girls. A new play based on the true story that also inspired the 2003 film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters about a group of Yorkshire women who produce a nude calendar to raise money for leukemia research. September 10-October 4. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The Alliance presents a new stage version of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel which became the classic 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson. September 2-20. Alliance Theatre.
Class Act. A sociology professor gets more than she bargained for when she asks a student to impersonate a prostitute as part of an experiment in playwright Rich Rubin’s new play. September 3-19. West End Performing Arts Centre.
Beautiful Stranger: The Traveling Show 2015. Atlanta-based dance company glo takes on a series of residencies and performs its unusual site-specific works in various locales around the state of Georgia this fall. Next up: the town of Warm Springs. September 7-13. Warm Springs, Georgia.
Seeking Justice. A new exhibition and related events consider the infamous lynching of Leo Frank on its centennial anniversary. Through November 22. Southern Museum, Marietta.
i feel you. SCAD Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring fashion, film and painting through the eyes of musician André 3000 Benjamin of Outkast, filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O’Neal. Through September 13. SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah.
Black Like Who? A new exhibition considers the representation of African-Americans in American art. Through November 1. Birmingham Museum of Art.
Ralph Chessé. A new exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, puppets and works on paper by the 20th-century African-American artist and puppeteer. Through October 4. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
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.
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