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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Alec Soth: Georgia Dispatch. An exhibition of 30 photographs taken during a two-week, 2,400-mile excursion through rural and urban Georgia. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz says that the artist “has found the past in the present … of a particular place in a particular point in time.” Through January 20, 2016. SCAD-Atlanta.
Church of Lavonia Elberton. Atlanta performance artist Lavonia Elberton presents a new work combining elements of drag and ritual. December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Nirvana Yoga Studio.
Women of Vision. Eleven female photographers take us from the savannahs of Botswana to the war-torn streets of Libya to the Mongolian steppe and the rainforests of New Guinea. Through January 3, 2016. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Rocío Rodríguez, Small Works. The longtime Atlanta artist departs from her usual large canvases to present smaller works on paper in a new solo exhibition. ArtsATL critic Maggie Davis interviews the artist. Through January 9, 2016. Sandler Hudson.
It’s Not Us, It’s You. Beep Beep hosts its last show, a retrospective of the artists the popular midtown gallery has shown over the past decade. Opening reception December 5 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through December 19. Beep Beep Gallery.
Elliott Erwitt, Gail Albert Halaban and Saul Leiter. Work by photographers Erwitt and Halaban exhibited alongside Leiter’s black and white work and painted nudes. Opening reception, November 13 at 6 p.m. Halaban artist talk, November 14 at 11 a.m. Jackson Fine Art.
On Being Black. Photographic works by 22 artists. In his review, ArtsATL critic Greg Head says the show is “an excellent multilayered and highly nuanced remix of an ongoing conversation in contemporary art about identity, power and transformation.” Through January 22. Arnika Dawkins Gallery.
Philip and Matt Moulthrop. A show of the artists’ wood-turned bowls using native southeastern woods. November 14-December 5. The Signature Shop.
Joel Holmberg, You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Ask Yourself. A new installation of six single-channel videos containing CNN footage and the artist’s observational films. November 17-December 31. Atlanta Contemporary.
Relative Humidity. As part of an Atlanta-New Orleans exchange project, members of the Antenna Collective present New Orleans-based artists. Through December 5. Marcia Wood Gallery, Castleberry Hill.
Five exhibitions. Anamnēsis presents work by Atlanta artist Maria Artemis. Maria Artemis Selects Ruth Zuckerman is a mini-survey, which ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz praises in her review as a resonant representation of the artist’s conversation with stone, wood and bronze. RITES features the work of four African-American male artists. Forget Me Not, is a group show focusing on the process of memory through forgetting; in his review ArtsATL critic Dan Weiskopf as “surprising and fresh as a first kiss.” Marking Time is Beth Lilly’s interactive sculpture based on the ancient tradition of cairns. Through December 6. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Nathan Lewis: Dreams, Discord, and Desire. A solo exhibition of 11 works by California-born painter Nathan Lewis. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum explores the artist’s “di stinctly contemporary sense of ambiguity.” Through December 6. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. The High Museum organizes its first fashion exhibition with 45 outfits from 15 collections by the innovative Dutch designer. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill previews the show. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum admires the way the Van Herpen’s “designs incorporate sculptural art and transfigure the boundaries of technological possibility.” Through May 16, 2016. High Museum of Art.
Albert Chong: Absolute Chong. A sampling of the Jamaican-born photographer’s work between 1986 and the early 2000s. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill interviews the artist. Through January 18, 2016. Hammonds House Museum.
Habsburg Splendor. Masterpieces and rare objects from the imperial collections of the Habsburgs housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna come to Atlanta as part of a travelling exhibition. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says, “You are bound to find something fascinating. Through January 17, 2016. High Museum of Art.
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. More than 120 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent drawn from the collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz calls the show “a stunner of absolute beauty” in her review. Through January 3, 2016. Carlos Museum.
Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style. SCAD-Atlanta launches its fashion museum with an exhibition featuring more than 60 garments designed by the renowned couturier. In her story about the show, ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill considers how “SCAD solidifies its commitment to the discipline at its Atlanta campus” through the museum and exhibition. Through December 31. SCAD FASH.
Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future. An exhibition exploring projects, both large and small, in which 3D printing technology is being used in innovative ways from fabricating lighter components for airplanes to designing custom prosthetics. In his review, ArtsATL critic Michael Kahn says the exhibition is “an excellent example of the museum’s mission to highlight the convergence of creativity and functionality.” Through January 10, 2016. Museum of Design Atlanta.
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. In her review, ArtsATL critic Maggie Davis says the work exemplifies “the very best of painterly abstraction.” Through December 5. Spelman Museum of Art.
Angela Pulley Hudson, Real Native Genius. The author discusses her work of non-fiction which examines how a former slave from Mississippi claimed a new identity for himself, traveling around the nation as Choctaw performer ”Okah Tubbee,” eventually marrying a divorced white Mormon woman from New York, who likewise claimed to be an American Indian. December 1 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
J. Stiles, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of New America. The historian discusses his new biography of the polarizing and often caricatured historical figure George Armstrong Custer. December 3 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Artists’ Books and Archives: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Nexus Press. A rotating exhibit features artists’ books and other archival material from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Nexus Press, recently acquired by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory. Through May 15, 2016. Woodruff Library at Emory University.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. The classic Christmas production takes on special resonance as the show’s choreographer and the company’s artistic director John McFall prepares to retire after 20 years at the helm. ArtsATL critic Scott Freeman recently profiled McFall in the context of the retirement announcement earlier this season. December 11-27. Fox Theatre.
The Lady of Camellias. Choreographer John Neumeier’s dramatic story ballet performed and broadcast from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. December 6 at 12:55 p.m. Area movie theaters.
Movement Choir. Atlanta dance company glo initiates a “movement choir,” in which viewers are invited to walk, jog, stand, skip, sit, prance and waltz through a carefully guided, choreographed migration. December 3 at 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary.
Heart of a Dog. Performance artist Laurie Anderson’s new film considers her relationship with her late beloved dog Lolabelle. December 11. Plaza Theatre.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. A new feature-length documentary examines the life of the idiosyncratic 20th-century heiress and art collector. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says that, although the film is a little too tame, the documentary “is a valuable testament to the collector’s taste, drive and her influence on the global art scene.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema..
Midtown Cinema Classics. The Landmark Cinema screens a Tuesday night series of classic films, many in restored 35mm prints. ArtsATL critic Gabriel Wardell previews the films. Through December 8. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Calmus: Christmas Carols of the World. The a cappella quintet from Leipzig, Germany, which can hold audiences “spellbound with its artistry” according to The Washington Post, performs a program of international holiday carols. December 5 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Vienna Boys’ Choir: Christmas In Vienna. The ASO presents the world-renowned boys’ choir in concert fo Christmas repertoire, from Austrian folk songs to classical masterpieces. December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Christmas with the Atlanta Master Chorale. The chorus performs Christmas classics in its annual holiday concert, a popular Atlanta tradition. December 12 at 8 p.m. Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
The Magic Flute. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts one of its most popular productions, director Julie Taymor’s version of Mozart’s classic fantasy. December 12 at 12:55 p.m. Area movie theaters.
Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz singer performs a concert at Tech’s Ferst Center. December 12 at 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Amahl and the Night Visitors. A production of Giancarlo Menotti’s classic one-act Christmas opera. December 12 at 7 p.m. The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Newnan.
Weihnachten: Christmas Ancient and Modern. The 24-voice ensemble under the direction of John Whitt presents a program of choral music for the Christmas season by German composers of the 16th and 20th centuries. December 12 at 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
A Festive Night at the London Theatres. The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra performs music of the early London theater. December 5 at 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
Threshold New Play Reading Festival. Actor’s Express shines light on work by Atlanta playwrights with a new festival. December 5-6. Actor’s Express.
Merry %#!*ing Christmas. The comedians of Dad’s Garage perform a raucous Christmas comedy show at the Alliance’s Hertz Stage. Through December 19. Alliance Theatre.
A Christmas Carol. The Alliance brings back its theatrical production of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, an Atlanta tradition. Through December 24. Alliance Theatre.
Let Nothing You Dismay. Stage Door presents the world premiere of popular Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s first Christmas play. December 4-20. Stage Door Players.
Black Nativity. A soulful version of the Christmas story told through gospel music, a theatrical tradition begun by poet Langston Hughes in 1961. December 2-20. Southwest Performing Arts Center.
A Year with Frog and Toad. Synchronicity performs a theatrical version of the classic children’s book about four seasons in the lives of best friends Frog and Toad. December 4-27. Synchronicity Theatre.
The Snow Queen. Serenbe revives its site-specific outdoor production of the wintry Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. December 3-23. Serenbe Playhouse.
The Santaland Diaries. Atlanta actor Harold M. Leaver performs as Crumpet, a caustic, out-of-work writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s Department Store in Manhattan, in this theatrical version of David Sedaris’ hilarious true-life Christmas story. Through December 31. Horizon Theatre.
A Little Princess. Young Broadway veteran and Atlanta native Emerson Steele performs as Sara Crewe in a musical version of Frances Hodgsen Burnett’s classic children’s book. December 3-27. Theatrical Outfit.
The Wiz. NBC broadcasts Kenny Leon’s all-star production of the 1974 musical live on television. December 3 at 8 p.m. NBC.
Christmas with Elvis. Elvis impersonator Joseph Hall performs a special “Christmas with the King” concert. December 5 at 7 p.m. Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Nightly light displays transform the Botanical Garden. Evenings through January 9. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Fantasy in Lights. The South’s largest holiday light and sound show, named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” by National Geographic Traveler. Evenings through January 2. Callaway Gardens.
Ansel Adams: Before & After. An exhibition exploring the work of Ansel Adams and his influence includes 30 original Adams images. Through March 20, 2016. Booth Museum, Cartersville.
Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. An exhibition of more than 100 objects related to the legendary samurai warriors–including full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts and saddles–from the Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy. Through January 3. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
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