Every Tuesday, we give you our top picks for the week, from installations and sculptures to paintings, drawings, street art, photography, videos and more. Events are arranged in alphabetical order.
Against the Tide and Rhinestone Cowgirls. In Against the Tide, photographers Suellen Parker, Sandra Lee Phipps and V. Elizabeth Turk each explore a unique tangent of their political, personal or interior life. In Rhinestone Cowgirls, Athens-based Jaime Bull, best known for her voluptuous, feminine swimsuit-clad sculptures, ponders dry land. At Whitespace/Whitespec through March 23.
2019 Atlanta Biennial: A thousand tomorrows. See work from 21 regional artists who, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center says, create “inside and beside the larger art world.” Through April 7. Read our review.
Amy Sherald. Nine new paintings from Michelle Obama’s portraitist are on view at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the final venue for this nationally touring exhibition. Sherald, a Columbus native and Clark Atlanta University alumna, paints portraits of ordinary African Americans in everyday situations — on the street, in the grocery store or at the airport. Through May 18. Read our review.
Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. An installation of painting, drawing, photography and video by artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou. It explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence black men face in the United States. Through April 28. Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Read our review.
Rocío Rodríguez: Thirty Years on Paper. A retrospective of drawings from the award-winning Atlanta artist covering the years 1988–2018. Drawing, the artist says, has always been the backbone of her work. Through April 6. MOCA GA.
Where the Light Enters. In their SCAD thesis co-exhibition, Cecilia A. Montalvo and Charles A. McCullers look at the permanence of change through photographs of South Florida’s barrier islands. Opening reception 5–7 p.m. February 26. Show runs through March 15. SCAD’s Trois Gallery.