You may be feeling down in the dumps in that post-holiday slump, but it’s time to look forward to spring and the new crop of museum exhibits in town. From the extravagant experience of the High Museum to more intimate venues like MODA, there are plenty of opportunities to get a little culture while the weather warms up. Check out our list of the exhibits we are most anticipating and start planning your calendar now. Whether it’s an excuse to see friends or just a treat for yourself, an afternoon in a museum is a refreshing getaway from daily life.
Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Through May 18, 2014
You may not have heard of Cuban-born American photographer Abelardo Morell, but take a glance at the samples of his work on the High Museum’s website and you will be hooked. His unique point of view utilizes camera obscura to create a topsy-turvy world of images that are instantly intriguing. The museum is even altering the space of the exhibit in order to allow visitors a better understanding of his perspective. Check the High’s website for information about discounts and free admission dates for residents of Fulton County.
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things
Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Through May 11, 2014
The tiny Museum of Design Atlanta gets overshadowed by the High Museum across the street. You may have lived in Atlanta your entire life and never taken the time to check out MODA, but this could be the year to change that. This exhibit focuses on the innovation, production, evolution and inspiration behind everyday objects like bubble wrap and paper clips. You’ll never look at your desk the same way again.
SCORE: Artists in Overtime
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Through March 29, 2014
Is your husband or boyfriend resistant to attend museums with you? Are you looking for a way to encourage your son’s interest in art? Check out this exhibit at MOCA GA, which focuses on the connection between sports and art. Painting, sculpture, photography and other media will be used to explore the intersection of sports and art, and there will be a collaboration between Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Hawks.
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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
571 S. Kligo Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Date: Through March 9, 2014
Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum is a great little place to see interesting and different exhibits in Atlanta. The “Romare Bearden” exhibit, shown this spring for the first time outside of New York, connects classical mythology and African American culture. It demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Homer’s epic poem while connecting it to the modern day. If your kids are having a difficult time processing the work in school, this might be a great way to give a new perspective.
Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps
The Atlanta History Center
130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Date: March 19 – June 17, 2014
John Bartram and his son, William, spent much of the 1700s traveling throughout the American colonies and studying native plants. This exhibit of their artwork recording the images of their plants shows the talent and shared passion of two generations of the Bartram family. This would be a great exhibit to take your mother to around Mother’s Day. Check out the website for more detailed information.
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