ART + DESIGN
Portfolio 2018. An annual juried photography exhibition includes new work by Vanessa Filley, Michael W. Hicks, Kasey Medlin, Dale Niles, Erin L. Scott and Cherie E. Truesdell. February 9–March 17. Atlanta Photography Group.
The Paul R. Jones Collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents an exhibition of selections from one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by the late collector Paul Raymond Jones. February 10–April 14. MOCA GA.
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. February 10–November 11. Carlos Museum.
Super Museum Sunday. The Georgia History Festival presents a day of free admission to museums and historic sites in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia. February 11. Area museums.
Ron Saunders: Pivot. The SCAD-Atlanta professor shows new abstract paintings. Opening reception February 9 at 5 p.m. Exhibition through March 10. Besharat Museum Gallery.
Something Out of Nothing. A show of self-taught artist Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan’s layered mixed-media works and Sabre Esler’s sculptures and installations that seek to depict patterns of thought. Artist talk March 3 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through March 10. Chastain Arts Center.
Talk: Robert Storr on Al Taylor. Renowned artist, critic, and curator Robert Storr speaks about artist Al Taylor. February 9 at 7 p.m. Hill Auditorium, High Museum.
Martha Cooper: Then & Now. A new gallery curated by Living Walls’ Monica Campana opens with a solo show by the New York street photographer. Opening reception February 10 at 8 p.m. Artist talk with Martha Cooper February 11 at 4 p.m. Curator talk with Monica Campana February 17 at 4 p.m. Panel discussion with Atlanta street artists February 24 at 4 p.m. Exhibition through March 2. The Gallery.
Venske & Spanle: Panda 750. The New York- and Munich-based artists present their fifth Atlanta show at Marcia Wood. February 14–March 17. Marcia Wood.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The Los Angeles-based photographer speaks about his work. February 8 at 6 p.m. Troy Moore Library, Georgia State University.
Orchid Daze. The Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center, the largest orchid center in the US, exhibits thousands of orchids in bloom during its annual celebratory event. February 10–April 1. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Richard Downs and Charles Keiger. California artist Richard Downs shows new sculpture, and Atlanta’s Charles Keiger shows new paintings. Through March 3. Tew Galleries.
Atlanta Gallery Collective. A temporary pop-up gallery exhibiting a rotating selection of work from 10 top Atlanta galleries extends its run through March 31. ArtsATL previewed the project as it opened in October. Through March 31. Ponce City Market.
Bruce Johnson: Exercise in Restraint. The Atlanta-based artist paints images of arrested civil rights leaders and advocates from the 1950s. Through March 29. Gallery 72.
Michele Schuff: On the Edge of Forever. The Atlanta-based artist shows new encaustic works inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. Through March 17. Sandler Hudson.
Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future. A new exhibition of the acclaimed fashion photographer’s work. Through March 17. Jackson Fine Art.
Andre Kertesz: Girl Before a Mirror. Jackson Fine Art shows work from the Hungarian-born photographer’s classic Distortions series. Through March 17. Jackson Fine Art.
Laura Wilson: That Day. An exhibition of more than 60 large-scale images of the American West by the former assistant to Richard Avedon. Through April 29. Booth Western Museum of Art.
Trevor Reese: And yet.*/the squid and the whale. The Savannah-based artist exhibits two bodies of work. Through February 17. Day & Night Projects.
The Ashcan School and Their Circle. Oglethorpe offers an exhibition of works by early-20th-century artists depicting gritty scenes of old New York including John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, George Luks, Robert Henri and George Bellows culled from private collections within the Atlanta metro area, the High Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Exhibition through March 4. Oglethorpe Museum of Art.
Kosmo Vinyl: Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump. The former manager of The Clash, now a visual artist, shows work from his ongoing series of images mocking the Trump candidacy and presidency. Through March 3. Different Trains Gallery.
Convergence. New abstract work from Joe Camoosa, Jason Kofke, Ashley L. Schick and Lucha Rodriguez. Artist talk February 10 at 4 p.m. Exhibition through March 2. Kai Lin Art.
Terri Dilling: Blue. The Atlanta-based artist shows new cyanotypes. Through March 23. Stanley, Bearman & Sears.
Alli Royce Soble: When the Levee Breaks. The Atlanta-based artist shows new mixed-media works on paper. Through March 2. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Bill Orisich and Benita Carr: ground.loop. The Atlanta-based artists create a new video installation for Whitespace Gallery. Through February 10. Whitespace Gallery.
¡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.
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi. A new exhibition of the artist’s work features more than 50 collages, paintings and hand-painted serigraphs considering girlhood, self-image and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Through May 19. Spelman Museum of Art.
Corrine Colarusso: Light & Weather. The Atlanta-based painter shows new landscape paintings. Through February 24. Poem 88.
Carrie Mae Weems: From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. Hammonds House exhibits the artist’s 1996 work based on found archival photographs of enslaved people in the American South, alongside People of A Darker Hue, Weems’ 2016 film about police violence. Through April 29. Hammonds House Museum.
Reconstructions. Karen Tauches curates a group show of Atlanta artists including Joe Bigley, Evelyn Breit, Krista Clark, Meta Gary, Katie Hargrave, Rusty Miller, Martha Whittington and Zena Zakanycz. Through February 16. Swan Coach House Gallery.
More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War. A new exhibition highlights the Atlanta History Center’s collection of more than 250 Vietnam War-related oral histories with photographs, documents and artifacts from Atlanta veterans. Through March 18. Atlanta History Center.
Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? The High Museum presents the first museum survey in the US to explore the career of American artist Al Taylor, with more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints. In her review, ArtsATL critic Cathy Fox says the exhibition draws “overdue attention to this idiosyncratic artist.” Through March 18. High Museum.
“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography. An installation of more than 40 photographs primarily drawn from the High’s permanent collection reflects on the 50th anniversary of a tumultuous year in Civil Rights history. Through April 29. High Museum.
Jazz Fest 2018. Musicians Peter Erskine, Gary Motley, Darek Oles and Warren Wolf headline Emory’s annual Jazz Fest with lectures, clinics, performances and masterclasses leading up to a concert on February 9. February 8–10. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Nufonia Must Fall. Musician and graphic novelist Kid Koala presents his graphic novel-turned-movie about a robot on the verge of obsolescence who becomes infatuated with a human, a live performance that mixes puppet theater, video, electronic instrumentation and a string quartet. February 12–13. Ferst Center for the Arts.
ATL Collective relives Sade’s Love Deluxe. Atlanta musicians including Brenda Nicole Moorer, Lola Cole and Cleveland Jones recreate the songs of Sade’s classic 1992 album. February 10 at 10 p.m. Venkman’s.
Free Community Concert with Timothy Miller. The Atlanta Chamber Players present their annual free concert featuring special guest tenor Timothy Miller. February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Friendship Baptist Church.
Spirituals: The Song and the Story. A concert shares the stories behind beloved African American spirituals through song, word and dance. February 11 at 5 p.m. Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
Valentine’s Day with Orchestra Noir. Orchestra Noir performs an evening of romantic classical music in the evocative setting of historic Wimbish House, one of midtown Atlanta’s architectural icons. February 14 at 6 p.m. Wimbish House.
Szymon Nehring. The Chopin Society of Atlanta presents the acclaimed pianist in concert. February 11 at 6 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Diana Krall. The Grammy-winning jazz pianist performs a concert at Symphony Hall. February 9 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Art Garfunkel. The renowned singer performs a concert at Ponce City Market’s City Winery. February 10 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. Four costumed musicians pay tribute to the Beatles, from “Love Me Do” to Abbey Road and beyond. February 11 at 5 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Johnny Mercer Tribute. Atlanta favorites Joe Gransden and Francine Reed pay tribute to Georgia’s own songwriter Johnny Mercer. February 11 at 3 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
SheWrites. Synchronicity Theatre, in association with Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis and Atlanta’s Working Title Playwrights, presents a national playwriting competition for women with workshop productions of new works by Daryl Lisa Fazio, Kathryn Walat and Kimberly Monks. February 12–24. Synchronicity Theatre.
King Hedley II. True Colors presents a new production of August Wilson’s play about an ex-con struggling to start a new life in 1980s inner-city Pittsburgh. February 13–March 11. Southwest Performing Arts Center.
The Jungle Book. The Alliance Theatre presents a new family-friendly production of Rudyard Kipling’s novel adapted by Tracey Power with music by S. Renee Clark. February 10–March 4. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.
The Pigeoning. Brooklyn-based puppeteer Robin Frohardt presents his darkly comic show about a man convinced that pigeons are plotting against him. February 9–11. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Ontario Was Here. Brittany L. Smith and Seun Soyemi star in Darren Canady’s drama about a pair of social workers who find themselves at odds about the best interests of a little boy. February 10–March 4. Aurora Theatre.
Good People. OnStage Atlanta presents a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s drama about a woman from a poor South Boston neighborhood who decides to call on a successful former boyfriend for financial help. February 9–18. 7 Stages Theatre.
Looking. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Norm Foster’s comedy about four middle-aged singles brought together by a blind date. February 9–25. Onion Man Productions.
It Shoulda Been You. Out of Box Theatre presents a new musical comedy about the clash between the families at a wedding between a Jewish bride and Catholic groom. February 9–24. Out of Box Theatre.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of the 2004 musical comedy based on the popular 1988 MGM film about con men on the French Riviera. February 9–25. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.
The Followers: A Retelling of the Bacchae. Michael Haverty directs a new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae by Margaret Baldwin featuring music by Klimchak and choreography by Ofir Nahari. Through February 25. 7 Stages.
The Mystery of Love & Sex. Out Front Theatre presents the Atlanta premiere of playwright Bathsheba Doran’s drama about the romance that develops between two friends of different races who grew up together in the Deep South. Through February 18. Out Front Theatre.
Brave New Works. Theater Emory highlights new work and adaptations from leading playwrights with three weeks of readings and performances. Through February 25. Theater Emory.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Synchronicity Theatre presents Dwayne Hartford’s new adaptation of the children’s book by Kate DiCamillo about a vain porcelain rabbit who learns how to love. Through February 25. Synchronicity Theatre.
Picnic. Stage Door presents a new production of William Inge’s classic 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Through February 18. Stage Door Players.
Big Apple Circus. The New York-based company, which seeks to recreate the intimacy and artistry of the early circus, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a touring big top of classic clowns, acrobats and animals. Through February 25. Verizon Amphitheater.
Clark Gable Slept Here. Stone Mountain’s ART Station presents a new production of Michael McKeever’s comedy about the scandal that looms when a corpse is found in a star’s hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards. Through February 11. ART Station.
Rainforest Adventures. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new kids’ production by Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes about the animals that inhabit the delicate ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest. Through March 4. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Angels in America. Actor’s Express presents a new production of Tony Kushner’s monumental 1992 play with a cast including Carolyn Cook, Joseph Sykes, Robert Bryan Davis and Parris Sarter. ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer reviewed Parts One and Two. Through February 17. Actor’s Express.
The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Horizon offers the American premiere of a new musical starring Amari Cheatom and Brittany Inge. Through February 18. Horizon Theatre.
Maytag Virgin. Courtney Patterson and Brad Brinkley star in Audrey Cefaly’s 2015 play about a year in the life of a recently widowed high school teacher and her mysterious new neighbor in rural Alabama. Through February 11. Aurora Theatre.
Dinosaur! The Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young reprises its collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for an interactive production introducing kids to the wonders of the prehistoric world. Through February 24. Alliance Theatre Black Box.
Rendering (the) Visible III: Liquidity. The graduate program in Moving Image Studies presents a conference featuring panels, lectures, films and dance performances exploring the concept of liquidity as a critical approach to the moving image, specifically in relation to race. February 8–10. Georgia State University.
Tayari Jones and Pearl Cleage in Conversation. Charis Books hosts a conversation between the two renowned authors. February 9 at 7 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center.
Zadie Smith, Feel Free. The renowned author discusses her new book of essays in conversation with ArtsATL‘s Gail O’Neill. February 12 at 7 p.m. SCADshow.
Melissa A. Mitchell, Views from My Kaleidoscope. The Atlanta-based artist and author presents her new compilation of quotes, mantras and beliefs. February 11 at 11 a.m. TILA Studios.
Don Quixote. The Atlanta Ballet presents a new production of the classic ballet featuring choreography by Yuri Possokhov. Through February 10. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Atlanta Ballet 2 presents Beauty and the Beast. The Atlanta Ballet’s new second company presents a one-hour kid-friendly ballet version of the classic fairytale choreographed by Bruce Wells. February 8–11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The world-renowned company presents a series of mixed programs, each ending with Ailey’s monumental classic Revelations, at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox. February 14–18. Fox Theatre.
Queer Spaces in Anna Sokolow’s “Rooms.” Dance historian Dr. Hannah Kosstrin gives a lecture on how Anna Sokolow’s 1954 work subverted 1950s expectations for gendered and sexualized bodies onstage, reading “Rooms” as a queer text within the context of the Lavender Scare. February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Oxford Road Building, Emory University.
ONE: A Kinetic Journal. An evening-length dance performance featuring Alejandro Abarca, Myra Bazell, Emily Christianson, Lillian Ransijn and Alicia Peterson Baskel uses movement, storytelling, sound, improvisation and technology to investigate the many meanings of the word “one.” February 8–11. West End Performing Arts Center.
Lunchtime in the Studio. Decatur’s CORE Dance invites the public into the studio for lunch, discussion and a glimpse at works in progress. February 8 at noon. CORE Studios, Decatur.
4 Little Girls. Emory Cinematheque presents Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary about the 1963 murder of four African American girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. February 14 at 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208, Emory University.
Black History Month Movie Series. A series of free screenings considers the many ways African Americans have impacted history. Through February 23. Scott Candler Library.