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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Outside In / Clear Reflections / Hiding in Plain Sight. Three new exhibitions open simultaneously at Mason Fine Art. Outside Infeatures eight major graffiti artists with strong Atlanta ties: WON 2, POEST, SHIE 1, SB ONE, DAX, VIPER, WEB 1, BASER and Frank Morrison. Hiding in Plain Sight examines the work of world famous outsider artist Purvis Young, and Clear Reflections is a group exhibition of realist paintings and drawings. Opening reception July 31 at 6 p.m. Exhibitions 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. 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. 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. 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.
Sally Mann: At Twelve. A small exhibition of Mann’s photographic work which preceded her monumental 1992 series Immediate Family. In her review, ArtsATL critic Faith McClure considers various interpretations of Mann’s controversial photographs. Through August 1. Jackson Fine Art.
Ladylike. A new group photography exhibition showcases queer and feminist perspectives on “girlhood,” presenting portraits of individuals from Atlanta and the Southeast. Opening reception July 17 at 7 p.m. Through August 8. Eyedrum.
The View from Collier Heights. A series of photographs by Lydia A. Harris captures the residents and landscapes of Collier Heights, an upscale African-American Atlanta neighborhood founded in the 1950s. In her article about the exhibition, ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith considers the history of the neighborhood and Harris’ approach to photographing it. Through August 24. Hammonds House Museum.
Brett Weston. The High unveils a new installation of 28 recently-acquired prints by the great mid-century American photographer. July 18-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.
Southern Pottery. An exhibition curated by Marianne Lambert includes more than 50 local artists. Through August 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Flight Patterns and Velocity. Two concurrent textile exhibitions, Flight Patterns curated by Dorothy Moye and Velocity of Textiles celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum admires both exhibitions’ “illuminating and visually striking range of techniques.” Through July 31. Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries Georgia State University.
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. Through August 1. Jackson Fine Art.
Paula McClain, Circling the Sun. The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns with a historical novel about Beryl Markham, the woman who made the first transatlantic plane flight from east to west. August 5 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.
Varekei. Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena-touring production features dance, music and acrobatics in a retelling of the myth of Icarus. July 29 through August 2. Arena at Gwinnett Center.
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets. A new documentary examines the life of Jordan Davis, an unarmed black man who was killed outside of a convenience store in an altercation over loud music. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray calls the documentary “eye-opening” and “compelling.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Testament of Youth. A new film based on Vera Brittain’s best-selling 1933 memoir about her experiences in England during World War I. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says that in spite of its old-fashioned story, the film has “freshness and complexity.” UA Tara.
Aida. The Met rebroadcasts its 2012 production of Verdi’s classic starring Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role. July 29 at 7 p.m. Area cinemas.
Jarekus Singleton. The Mississippi blues artist gives an Atlanta concert. August 8 at 8 p.m. Blind Willie’s.
Nelle’s Story: The World of Harper Lee. Synchronicity extends the run of this one-woman show about To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee starring Mandi Lee and directed by Carolyn Cook. Through August 9. Synchronicity Theatre.
Everyman. The National Theatre broadcasts its production of the 15th-century morality play starring Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave. August 2 at 11 a.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Uprising. A new play by Gabrielle Fulton focuses on characters affected by the historical events of John Brown’s anti-slavery raid on Harper’s Ferry. July 17-August 23. Horizon Theatre.
Memphis. Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key directs a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical about the early days of rock and roll in Memphis. Through August 30. Aurora Theatre.
Evita. Serenbe presents a lavish new site-specific production of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical about the Argentinian political figure Eva Peron. July 23-August 16. Serenbe Playhouse.
Essential Theatre 2015 Play Festival. This festival presenting works of Georgia authors includes world premieres and a play-reading series. Read ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith’s preview. July 24-August 23. West End Performing Arts Center.
Blackpool and Parrish. Two powerful characters representing good and evil play cosmic games as Armageddon approaches in David Belke’s 1993 comic fantasy. Through August 1. Out of Box Theatre.
Chasin’ Dem Blues. A new musical tells the story of Paramount Records, the Wisconson-based label best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues in the 1920s and early 1930s. In her review, ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith writes, the play “offers interesting tidbits of information and great musical performances, but ultimately leaves the audience with more questions than it answers.” Through August 2. True Colors Theatre.
Mystery of Edwin Drood. A 1985 musical based on Charles Dickens’ final novel, an unfinished mystery, ends by asking the audience to vote on the solution. Through August 2. Stage Door.
Rent. Actor’s Express presents a new production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a group of Bohemian characters in New York’s East Village during the height of the AIDS epidemic. ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer calls it a “solid” production of the classic. Through August 22. Actor’s Express.
The Addams Family. OnStage Atlanta presents a new production of the 2010 Broadway musical based on Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons and the 1960s TV series. Through August 16. OnStage Atlanta.
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. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says the production is “especially notable for its sense of intimacy and the unhurried confidence of its narrative.” Through August 2. Serenbe.
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.
Recapitulation, 1963-2015. In her review, ArtsATL critic Catherine Fox says that in this retrospective, Atlanta-based artist Susan Cofer “conjures sensuous microworlds and serene landscapes that materialize out of hundreds of pin-straight, parallel, vertical lines.” Through August 30. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.
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.
Lands Beyond: Otherworldly Landscapes and Visionary Topographies. Tom Patterson, author of St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan and Howard Finster: Stranger From Another World, curates this exhibition of visionary and self-taught artists of the Southeast focusing on landscape. Through August 30. The Bascom. Highlands, North Carolina.
CreATL. A new event at the High Museum held every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. invites families to the outdoor Sifly Plaza for fun and free activities. High Museum.
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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