Every Tuesday, we give you our top picks for the week, from installations and sculptures to paintings, drawings, street art, photography, videos and more.
Opening this week
Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads. The High Museum of Art celebrates the convergence of contemporary American photography and literature with the work of such self-taught artists as Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, Thornton Dial, Mary T. Smith and many others. Opens Saturday. Through May 19.
Variation. A solo show by Alpharetta and Milton artist Deanna Sirlin, known for large-scale transparent installations that have covered sides of buildings in Atlanta, New Orleans and Venice, Italy. This exhibition includes paintings, mixed-media works, a folded mixed-media screen and a specially commissioned site-specific translucent installation. Alpharetta Arts Center. Through April 26.
Don Cooper: The Tipping Point and Neutral Gray No. 6. The celebrated Atlanta painter‘s exploratory practice has led him from figurative painting to abstract work. “I’m looking for something I’ve never seen before, something described by its difference,” he says. Sandler Hudson Gallery. Through March 16.
Louder Than Words. Works on paper, video and sculpture plus performances feature artists who choose silence — nonlinguistic sounds, symbols or gestures — over words to communicate. Four of the 17 artists participating are deaf. The show also looks at the power of silence as a form of protest. Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art. Through May 5.
Rocío Rodríguez: Thirty Years on Paper. Rodríguez discusses MOCA GA’s retrospective exhibition of her drawings. 6:30–8:30 p.m. March 5 in the upper galleries. Free.
Speaking of Photography: Le’Andra LeSeur. The SCAD-educated multidisciplinary artist discusses her artistic journey and practice as a prelude to a screening of her project brown, carmine, and blue, which won the juried grand prize at Artprize 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday at SCAD Atlanta. Sponsored by SCAD and Atlanta Photography Group. Free.