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Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, which shows fashion as a form of resistance, is on view through April 28. (Courtesy of Hammonds House Museum)

What to see, hear and do this week, January 14–20

ArtsATL calendar editor Lauren Leathers’ weekly roundup of arts events happening around the city.


Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity. The exhibition highlights contemporary expressions of young men who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of black masculinity — specifically, blending Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Opens January 18. Curator talk January 19 at 2 p.m. Through April 28. Hammonds House Museum.

Human Trafficking: The Battle Continues. The exhibition features more than 20 artists who use their craft and skill to display works that bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. Opening reception on January 19 at 7 p.m. Through March 12. The Shambhala Center of Atlanta.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action! welcomes children to a fun-filled adventure of living well. (Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Atlanta)

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. Families are invited to participate in activities designed to teach youth to maintain happy and healthy bodies. Activities include kung fu, surfing, snowboarding and yoga to build strength, coordination, balance and endurance. Opens January 19. Through May 27. Children’s Museum of Atlanta. 

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. Dr. Fahamu Pecou’s latest works explore intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in America. Opens January 19. Through April 28. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 

Shared Space: Fine Art Sale and Show. Painters Susie Stern, Laura Davis Shainker and Deb Rosenbury present oil, acrylic and mixed-media paintings for view and sale. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Opens January 19. Through March 6. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. 


Conversation with Judith Jamison. The artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater discusses the theater’s 60-year legacy and previews upcoming plans. January 15 at 6 p.m. Center for Civil and Human Rights. 


David Priess: How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives. The author, a political scientist and former member of the CIA, presents the history of several vivid maneuvers and schemes that have attempted to remove U.S. presidents. January 15 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. 

Sneed Collard: Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding. The author discusses his latest book, as well as personal birding experiences he and his son have had. January 17 at 7 p.m. Brickworks Gallery. 

The High Museum’s Film Love Retrospective Series begins January 17. (Courtesy of High Museum of Art)


Three Small Gestures. Murray Pomerance discusses three cinematic gestures to open discussion and observation to the tiny delicacies that are carefully composed and that ultimately create screen moment. January 16 at 7 p.m. Oglethorpe University Philip Weltner Library. 

Screening: Film Love Retrospective Series. Kicking off the retrospective series are films by Joseph Cornell. The artist is known for crafting surreal shadow box sculptures and collages, but less known are his highly influential films. January 17 at 7 p.m. High Museum of Art, Hill Auditorium. 


Moonlight and Magnolias. This show offers an inside look at the men behind the writing of Gone With the Wind. Ultimately, the group locks itself in an office with five days’ worth of peanuts and bananas. Through January 27. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.


Atlanta Chamber Players: Rapido! National Finals. Five national finalists present their original compositions, premiered by musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Judges include Robert Spano, Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon. Be on the look out for ArtsATL music scribe Mark Gresham’s review to follow the show. January 20 at 3 p.m. Hill Auditorium at the High Museum. 

The bells are ringing at Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on January 14. (Courtesy of The Westminster Concert Bell Choir)

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Helmed by Kathleen Ebling Shaw, the choir rings in blend of original, classics, hymns and favorite pop tunes. January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. 

EOP Writers Series. Chuck McDowell with Korby Lenker, Dan Navarro and David Olney host an evening of music in the round. January 16 at 7:30 p.m. Red Clay Music Foundry. 


Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cult classic comes to life. Our protagonists are stuck with a flat tire during a storm that leads to a series of misfortunate events. Every Friday at midnight. Plaza Theatre.

Winter Bloom. Carolyn Carr, Christina Graham and Adrienne Elise Tarver show new work alongside a project by ZAPAH Lab. Through January 19. Camayuhs.

Design for Good. Architect and author John Cary curates an exhibition showcasing the work of designers who create buildings with and for the people who use them. Through January 20. Museum of Design Atlanta.

Push Pin 2019. Atlanta Photography Group hosts the annual party in which photographers are invited to pin up their best prints for display. Through January 25. Atlanta Photography Group.

Michi Meko: It Doesn’t Prepare You for Arrival. An exhibition that seeks silence and the comfort of solitude but brings attention to the countless reasons black people feel unwelcome in natural outdoor spaces. Through January 26. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. 

Marc-Antoine Coulon: Unapologetic Lines. SCAD FASH presents the first museum show of the acclaimed French fashion illustrator. Through January 27. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.

Lisa Freeman: Dark Cotton. The artist creates assemblages that house black and white photographs, often inspired by critical challenges. On view through January 31. Artist’s Talk and Reception on January 31 at 3 p.m. Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. 

Beautiful features photography by Elizabeth Jones and paintings by artist Craig Hawkins. (Courtesy of Still Point Gallery)

Elizabeth Jones and Craig Hawkins: Beautiful. Featuring photography and paintings, the exhibition allows viewers to bear witness to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering and raises global awareness of burn victims in India. Through February. Still Point.

Deborah Dancy: The Edge of Time. The artist presents her oil works on canvas, which embrace the natural ambiguity of abstraction. Through February 2. Marcia Wood Gallery.

Building Emory’s African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. Burkett. A new exhibition shows acquisitions from throughout the more than two-decade career of Randall K. Burkett, Emory’s first curator for African American collections. Through February 3. Woodruff Library, Emory University.

Richard Hunt: Synthesis. The exhibition focuses on formative periods in the career of the African American sculptor. More than 130 public commissions in more than 24 states have made him a legendary figure in modern and contemporary sculpture. Through February 3. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through February 10. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

A Doll’s House, part 2 takes an unexpected twist on the original play by Henrik Ibsen. (Courtesy of Aurora Theatre)

A Doll’s House, Part 2. Based on the classic play by Henrik Ibsen, the coproduction between Aurora Theatre and Actor’s Express takes the story in an unexpected direction. Nora, who left her husband and family to become a successful author, returns 15 years later to her old home to ask her husband for a divorce. Through February 10. Aurora Theatre.

January Group Exhibition at Mason Fine Art. A variety of artists present works including a juried exhibition by artists from the Goat Farm, a selection of work by Atlanta artists and a special exhibition titled Between the Deep Blue Sea and the Universe by metal artist Corrina Sephora Mensoff. Through February 16. Mason Fine Art. 

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the show that’s been taking ATL by a storm is finally on display. Visitors are taken across six decades of Kusama’s, the 89-year-old Tokyo-based artist, creative output and will explore the development of six kaleidoscopic environments as well as sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, archival ephemera and additional large-scale installations. Through February 17. High Museum of Art. 

Harry Underwood: Red-Letter Days. Works by the Nashville-based artist, who often uses latex paint, pencil and varnish on wood panel in his creations. Through March 2. Different Trains Gallery.

SCAD FASH: Cinematic Couture. The exhibition presents more than 50 costumes that focus on the art of costume design through the lens of film and popular culture. Films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fairy tale and adventure through period costumes worn by well-known film stars. Through March 3. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. 

Fernando Gaspar: Floating Machines. Composed of 15 paintings, the exhibition advances the artist’s interest in the ancestral biologics within and between a primeval earth and sky while giving a nod to his Southern European mannerisms. Through mid-March. Bill Lowe Gallery.

Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier: The Color Work exhibition is on display through March 22. (Courtesy of Vivian Maier, 1966)

The Reluctant Autocrat: Tsar Nicholas II. The exhibition focuses on the reigns of the last two Romanov rulers: Alexander III (1881–1894) and his son and successor Nicholas II (1894–1917). Through March 17. Georgia Museum of Art.

Human Trafficking: The Battle Continues. More than 20 artists who use their craft and skill to display works that bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. Opening reception on January 19 at 7 p.m. Through March 12. The Shambhala Center of Atlanta.

Vivian Maier: The Color Work. An exhibition that coincides with Vivian Maier’s publication, The Color Work. More than 30 color images from the John Maloof Collection that explore Maier’s 35mm photos are available in the gallery. Through March 22. Call prior to visiting the gallery. Lumiere Gallery. 

William Christenberry: Time & Texture. The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs by Christenberry that span over four decades beginning in the 1960s — including photographs of vernacular architecture and rural landscape of central Alabama on an annual basis, creating a prolonged study of place and the passing of time. Through April 14. High Museum of Art. 

Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through September 29. Atlanta History Center.

Out of the Darkness: Light in the Depths of the Sea of Cortez. Artist Rebecca Rutstein uses UGA marine sciences professor Samantha Joye’s research to create an interactive sculptural installation and several large paintings. Through October 27. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

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