High Museum of Art
Through September 19
Alexander Calder, an American, and Pablo Picasso, a Spaniard, reportedly met only four times. Yet the High Museum’s Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art Claudia Einecke notes, “Their iconic sculptures, paintings and drawings, when seen side by side and across from each other, as they are in the exhibition, show strong conceptual and formal affinities.” This traveling exhibition was conceived by the artists’ grandsons, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander S. C. Rower. See the ArtsATL review of the show HERE.
Katherine Mitchell: Hearing the Trees, Chapter III
Through October 2
This series began when Katherine Mitchell, a retired senior lecturer in drawing and painting at Emory University, discovered that a white oak in front of her house had become diseased. She writes, “This series of paintings/drawings on paper were begun as talismans for the tree, and for me. As I worked, this tree began to symbolize all trees and our endangered environment. For some years I had tried to reconcile my concerns in visual art and my environmental concerns. This door opened for me with this body of work.”
Hammonds House Museum
Through January 30, 2022
Hammonds House Museum’s new chief curator and executive director, Karen Comer Lowe, directs Exhibiting Culture, which features works from the musuem’s permanent collection. On display will be pieces by Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence and more.
Lucinda Bunnen: Inward, Outward, Forward
September 18 to January 9, 2022
As the Atlanta Contemporary heads toward its 50th anniversary in 2023, the institution is celebrating its history. In 1973, Lucinda Bunnen helped found the museum, which was launched as a photography gallery called Nexus. An early proponent of the art form, Bunnen helped establish a renowned photography collection at the High Museum, which is named for her. Veronica Kessenich, executive director of the Atlanta Contemporary, says, “Lucinda had such an incredible impact on the arts and culture scene and ecosystem of Atlanta as a photographer, as a champion, and as a philanthropist. This exhibition celebrates and highlights her own work.”
Also Keep in Mind . . .
The North American debut of The Art of Banksy: Without Limits arrives at Underground Atlanta September 3 with 140 works by the still-anonymous and wildly iconic street artist . . . She was an unknown, outsider artist who lived in Vinings — now her work is at the High Museum in the first major exhibit of her art in 20 years, Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe opens September 3 . . . Also at the High, beginning November 5, is Picturing the South: 25 Years, featuring 200 photographs from both familiar and new-to-the-museum photographers . . . the Atlanta/Southeast Craft Week showcases more than 35 artists in person at the Craft Week LIVE Pop-Up event in Buckhead September 23–25, with more great stuff to see and buy online September 20–26 . . .