There’s too much to do this weekend (June 4-6). In addition to all the programs that occur regularly throughout the year (music at Eyedrum, say), the intersection of three big events — “Art on the BeltLine” and Modern Atlanta’s “Design Is Human” festival and the opening of two exhibitions at the High Museum of Art — provides a happily daunting array of activities to cram into two days. To wit:
“Art on the BeltLine.” Strung along eight miles of the planned BeltLine project, this may be Atlanta’s largest temporary art exhibition. Some 42 projects, involving more than 60 artists and many more volunteers, will dot two sections of the 22-mile loop, one on the East Side and one on the West. The projects are engagingly diverse, if often endearingly unpolished.
The show opens Saturday and will run through October. For information on individual pieces, downloadable maps and a schedule of events, check the website. Come prepared to walk along rutted railroad tracks, often in the sun (bring water, a hat, sunblock etc.). Some of the artists have thoughtfully designed places to rest and picnic.
The opening comes with a full complement of activities and performances. The official kickoff is a concert at Gordon White Park, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. Klimchak, Beacon Dance, storytellers Akbar Imhotep and Adebisi Adeleke, Giwayen Mata, Kebbi Williams and Matthew Proctor will perform.
“MA10: Design Is Human.” This festival rolls into its last few days with a crush of events. Its website is your source for details on lectures, tours, exhibits and parties.
The Woodruff Arts Center will be the nexus of design events on Saturday. The High’s “European Design Since 1985” opens, and with it MA-sponsored lectures, including one by the show’s curator, Craig Miller.
Also on campus: Alexandre Arrechea at ACA Gallery of SCAD, who inverts “European Design’s” artful functional objects by turning functional objects into art. Not to get lost in the design shuffle: “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer,” a Depression-era photographer whose work is emerging from obscurity, thanks in part to this show.
If you’re interested in home-grown design, check out MA’s Architect Studio Crawl and the annual home tour. Also, visit the design studio People of Resource on Saturday evening. The firm organized “Yall & Us,” an exhibition showcasing young American industrial designers, whose work is characterized by an investigation and unexpected use of materials as well as wit and subterranean cultural commentary.