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A new exhibition at the High explores the creations of author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. (Line block print, hand colored by E.H. Shepard, 1970 © Egmont UK Ltd, reproduced with permission from the Shepard Trust)

What to see, hear and do this week, May 28–June 3


Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The High Museum becomes the first stop in the US for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition exploring the lasting legacy of the characters created by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard. June 3September 2. High Museum.

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism. A new exhibition explores how contemporary artists and crafters are employing traditional crafts in political activism and social justice movements. June 3September 9. Museum of Design Atlanta.

The Summer Swan Coach House Invitational. An annual group show curated by the Swan Coach House’s Karen Tauches presents ceramics, fibers and folk art. May 31August 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.

Karen LaMonte, Child’s Kimono, 53″ x 22″ x 26″, 2012, cast glass. (Courtesy the artist/Hunter Museum of Art)

Embodied Beauty: Sculptures by Karen LaMonte. A new exhibition features 32 dress sculptures across various media including glass, bronze and iron. Through September 2. Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga.

Tummy Kisses. A new group show curated by Tempus Projects includes work by Tampa artists Neil Bender, Ben Galaday, Jenn Ryann Miller, Gary Schmitt, Chasity Williams and Matthew Drennan Wicks. Opening reception on May 31 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through June 23. Day & Night Projects.

Time Like the Present. Sarah Higgins curates selected works by printmakers who consider historical narratives in the processes of traditional printmaking. June 2July 29. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Public Reception with Philippe Roualt. The great-grandson of artist Georges Roault speaks about his great-grandfather and his work. June 2 at 7 p.m. Still Point Arts Center, Alpharetta.

Them from the Planets, ATL. A new group exhibition inspired by musician Dexter Wansel and his album Life On Mars features work by artists inspired by sci-fi, fantasy, futurism and jazz. Through July 13. Southwest Arts Center.

Atlanta Design Festival. The annual festival features an expo tour, showroom presentations, talks and installations. Through June 3. Woodruff Arts Center.

Art of Nature. An outdoor art exhibition at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve features work by Laura Bell, Sonya Yong James, Maria Ava Totina Ramos, Sachi Rome, Shannon Willow and Alison Hamil. Through June 1. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Rachel Evans: Amorphous: Cloudscape Paintings. The Atlanta-based painter shows new canvases depicting cloudscapes. Through May 31. Brickworks Gallery.

Dressing for Dystopia. A new exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.

Larry Walker, Cityscape (Courtesy MOCA-GA)

Larry Walker: The Early Years. A new exhibition, part one of a two-part retrospective, considers the early years of the beloved Atlanta-based artist, GSU professor and father of Kara Walker. June 2July 31. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Pastiche Lumumba: Don’t @ Me. The Brooklyn-based artist and former Atlantan shows new work combining painting, sculpture and internet memes alongside work by Nandi Love, Jenson Leonard and Zach Fox. Through June 8. Wish Gallery.

Leigh Ann Culver: Human Nature. The Georgia-native artist shows new charcoal drawings. Through June 12. South Fulton Arts Center.

Matt Haffner: Harmonic Dysfunction. Whitespace presents a new solo exhibition by the Atlanta-based photographer and mixed-media artist alongside Long-Lasting Chew by CC Calloway in the gallery’s whitespec space. Through June 16. Whitespace Gallery.

Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future. A retrospective exhibition with designs borrowed primarily from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris considers the seven-decade career of the French designer. Through September 30. SCAD FASH.

Undoings – Existents: A Collaborative Body. New abstract paintings and mixed-media works from Priscilla Alarcon and Rose M. Barron consider gender and identity in the modern South. Through June 1. Kibbee Gallery.

Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, a new exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16. Atlanta History Center.

Unraveled. A new group exhibition features individual and collaborative work from Luca Barolli, Lauren Betty, Andrew Catanese and Igor Korsunskiy. Through July 8. Blue Mark Studios.

Jean Larson. The painter shows new work influenced by the natural environment. Through July 14. Alan Avery Art Company.

The Wonder of it All. An exhibition features works by Susan Cofer and Jerry Siegel along with other artists in MOCA GA’s permanent collection. Through June 30. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

M.C. Escher +. An exhibition of prints by the legendary graphic artist accompanies contemporary work by Dick Esterle, George Hart, Miranda Herrick, Paul Hildebrandt, Akio Hizume, Marc Pelletier, Clark Richert, Erin Sledd, Fabien Vienne and Scott Vorthman. Through June 9. Different Trains Gallery.

Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Fantastic creatures made of plants bring the Atlanta Botanical Garden to life. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Jeanne Kieffer (Courtesy Georgia Museum of Art)

Bloom Where You’re Planted. A new exhibition features highlights from the collection of Deen Day Sanders including paintings by Severin Roesen, Thomas Sully, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran, John G. Brown, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Ernest Lawson. Through July 29. Georgia Museum of Art.

Alfred Conteh: Visions of a Cultural Commentator and Dylan Pierce’s Legacy of Hope: Studies in Africa. Two new exhibitions focus on the work of Atlanta-based artists: a retrospective show of Alfred Conteh’s body of work encompassing realistic portraiture and symbolic abstraction and Dylan Pierce’s work inspired by his travels to Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa. Through June 17. Marietta Cobb Art Museum.

Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. Through June 7. Gallery 72.

Charmaine Minniefield: Black Angels. The artist explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Through June 24. Carrie McPheeters Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Imaginary Friends. A new group exhibition shows work by Britt Spencer, Carlyle Wolfe, Michael Porten and Laura Dargan. Through June 1. Spalding Nix.

Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama. The photographer presents new and recent images of Alabama. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.

Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. A new exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.

William Downs: Inhuman. The artist and GSU professor presents new work. Through June 9. Sandler Hudson Gallery.

Langdon Clay: Cars. Jackson Fine Art shows works from the photographer’s cars series created between 1974 and 1976. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 19171918. A centennial touring exhibition from the National War Museum and Memorial features contemporary photographs by Michael St. Maur Sheil capturing the battlefields of the Western Front. Through July 5. Atlanta History Center.

Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Pakistan and Afghanistan. A new exhibition curated by UGA associate professor of art history Nicolas Morrissey highlights the Buddhist artistic heritage of ancient Gandhara. Through June 17. Georgia Museum of Art.

Mark Steinmetz: Terminus. The Athens, Georgia-based photographer turns his lens on the Atlanta airport and its surroundings as part of the High’s ongoing Picturing the South series of commissions. Through June 3. High Museum.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. A new exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.


Pianist Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven at Symphony Hall this week.

Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven. The pianist continues his ongoing series of concerts presenting all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven. May 30 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

U2. The legendary Irish rock band performs in Atlanta as part of its 2018 Experience + Innocence tour. May 28 at 8 p.m. Infinite Energy Center.

Maseo. Maseo of seminal hip-hop group De La Soul performs a concert on the High Museum’s Sifly Piazza as part of the museum’s First Friday event. June 1 at 6 p.m. High Museum.

Madison Chamber Music Festival. Artistic director and Atlanta Symphony principal cellist Christopher Rex presents a lineup of chamber music in Madison, Georgia. Through June 10. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.


Roland Hayes, born in Curryville, near Calhoun in Gordon County, Georgia, was one of the first African American men to win international fame as a classical concert performer. A new play opening at ART Station this week dramatizes his life. (image courtesy of Gordon County Chamber of Commerce)

Breath and Imagination. A new play dramatizes the life of Georgian Roland Hayes, son of former slaves and the first African American classical vocalist to achieve worldwide fame. May 30–June 10. ART Station, Stone Mountain.

110 in the Shade. Theatrical Outfit presents a revival of the 1963 musical based on N. Richard Nash’s 1954 play The Rainmaker about a con artist who arrives in a small, drought-stricken town in Texas to convince its residents he can bring rain. May 31–June 24. Theatrical Outfit.

The Taming. Decatur-native playwright Lauren Gunderson’s political farce has a Miss America contestant, a liberal blogger and a conservative senatorial staffer seeking to revolutionize American government. June 124. Synchronicity Theatre.

Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo. Dad’s Garage parodies the Hamilton craze with a part-fact, part-fiction musical spoof based on the life of founding father Ben Franklin. Through June 9. Dad’s Garage.

Crowns. Dominion Entertainment Group presents a new production of Regina Taylor’s 2002 Off-Broadway gospel musical hit inspired by the bestselling photo book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. May 30–June 10. Southwest Arts Center.

Peter Pan. Serenbe Playhouse presents a new outdoor world premiere version of author J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. May 31August 26. Serenbe.

Hamilton. A touring production of the monster Broadway hit arrives at the Fabulous Fox for a two-week, 24-performance run. Through June 10. Fox Theatre.

Sin Piel. Artist Marium Khalid presents a new performance work inspired by the Anatomical Venus and psycho-spiritual darkness. Through June 3. 575 Boulevard.

Living on Love. Stage Door presents a new production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy about a famous husband and wife maestro and diva who hire attractive young ghostwriters to tell the story of their lives. Through June 10. Stage Door.

Citizens Market. Horizon’s Jeff Adler directs a new production of Cori Thomas’ comedy about a group of immigrants forming a makeshift family at the neighborhood market. Through June 24. Horizon Theatre.

Ripcord. Donna Biscoe and Jill Jane Clements star in a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2015 comedy about contentious roommates in a nursing home. Through June 3. Aurora Theatre.


Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre continues its performance run of The Vertical at Serenbe. (Photo by Joseph Guay)

The Vertical. Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents a world premiere dance work by Tara Lee outdoors at Serenbe. Through June 3. Deer Hollow at Serenbe.


John Crocker, Following Fifi: My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons from our Closest Relatives. The author and doctor presents his new book reflecting on his eight months in the Gombe forest working with Jane Goodall and how his time spent with human’s closest animal cousins has helped him better understand his patients. May 30 at 7 p.m. Carter LIbrary.

Gary Pomerantz, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bill Rankin interviews the author about his seminal 1996 publication focusing on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district and its history. May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library.


Roddy McDowall gets made up in preparation for his role on the television series Planet of the Apes in 1974. The first Planet of the Apes film was released 50 years ago. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary. The historic Plaza Theatre screens the 1968 sci-fi classic for its 50th anniversary. June 2 at 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre.

Filmworker. A new documentary considers the life and work of Leon Vitali, who left acting to become filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man. Opens June 1. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.