The debut of new art spaces, the touring space of national exhibitions and old standards like museums are the the places to be this winter. Art events engage the public in a variety of ways, including the party atmosphere of local receptions and the solemn introspection that comes from museum exhibitions. Rounding out this list of Atlanta’s best art events are lively performances that capture the imagination.
Holiday Show and Sale
562 Wylie Rd SE
Marietta, GA 30067
Date: Now through Nov. 28, 2014
This Holiday Show at Marketplace 120, in conjunction with the Artisan Resource Center, will act as a week-long coming out party for a great multi-purpose art space in Georgia. Still only months old and still finding its complete voice, Marketplace 120 already hosts a larger number of Georgian artists ranging in all styles and levels of experience. The 14,000-square-foot gallery is filled with paintings, crafts and antiques, and hosts multiple events each month which all offer live music, food trucks and seasonal antics. While the prospect of a shared art space with wine cup receptions seems common, the combination of a permanent craft fair with a permanent University gallery in the same location proves unique. Kennesaw State University’s Robert Sherer curates a gallery of student work here, and it is one of many reasons to stop by the place often.
“Gordon Parks: Segregation Story”
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Now through June 7, 2015
“Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” is both challenging and breathtaking. Parks’ photographs chronicled the daily life and tribulations of living in the 1950s South for LIFE magazine. The color prints present a vibrant and immediate sense of time and place. Although these images come from the state of Alabama and from a previous generation, the visual essay remains relevant to the ongoing issues of prejudice in contemporary America. Rather than share glimpses of gruesome violence, these pictures show a graceful pride in the face of the oft institutionalized racism. While the average person may not know the name of Gordon Parks, the striking images such as “Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956” are a crucial part of our art history.
Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015
“Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibition” reveals a glimpse of an Atlanta legacy stretching back to 1958 when these exhibits first sought to expose African Americans to clothing items that were otherwise unavailable. Objects, ensembles, photographs, and video will capture the imagination and bring to mind the styles of the past. Meanwhile, the Ebony Fashion Fair is fondly remembered as an empowering event as well as being a spectacle of beauty and fashion. The Johnson Publishing Company will present “nearly 40 garments by designers including Stephen Burrows, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bob Mackie, Missoni and Vivienne Westwood.”
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Performance Series 2: “Mouth to Mouth”
Goat Farm Arts Center
1200 Foster St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Date: Dec. 2-13, 2014
Part of a multi-date cycle of performances, “Mouth to Mouth” is a performance art show. The Goat Farm Center is a haven for avant-garde in Atlanta. Curated by Lauri Stallings and Anthony Harper with performances by the ATE9DANCE COMPANY from Los Angeles, “Mouth To Mouth” is only part of a complementary initiative which includes free panel discussion and workshops. Tickets are required for the climactic performances, however, and are available through the website. Future parts 3 and 4 of this series are planned for March and May of next year.
“AMALUNA” from CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
231 18th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: Now through Nov. 30, 2014
“Amaluna” is another performative dance show, in some ways similar to “Mouth to Mouth” and in other ways very different. The location of this production, Atlantic Station, is already familiar for its trendy shopping options, compared to the relatively obscure Goat Farm. Likewise, the popularization of Cirque du Soleil by film provides an entry point for those otherwise inexperienced with performance art. Still, the operatic combination of contortion, gymnastics and music is still plenty exciting for newcomers and old fans. This particular show centers on an aquatic-themed love story that evokes Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” yet somehow without dialogue and with outrageous staging.
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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.