Atlantans know that the temporary exhibits around town are always worth a visit. Here are a few of the best exhibits in town this spring so that you can plan your museum-visiting schedule. Whether you spend a full day at the High Museum of Art Atlanta or an afternoon at Museum of Design Atlanta, museums are a great way to give yourself a staycation and offer new insight into the world. With so many choices in town, your more difficult decision may be which one to visit first.  

African Cosmos: Stellar Art
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University 

571 S. Kligo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-4282
www.carlos.emory.edu

Date: Through June 21, 2015

A trip to Emory’s campus during springtime is always a refreshing break from city life and the chance to see this exhibit, on loan to Emory’s museum from the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, is a great excuse to relive your college days. The exhibit contains more than 70 pieces and studies how various celestial bodies have influenced African art throughout time. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on how the celestial bodies feature in origin myths and other cultural stories. Best of all, the museum is one of the least expensive in town.

Design For Healthy Living
Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 979-6455
www.museumofdesign.org

Date: Through August 9

The Museum of Design Atlanta is located directly across the street from the massive Woodruff Arts Center on Peachtree Street in Midtown. If you are looking for some inspiration to get out and enjoy the spring weather, this is a great exhibit that focuses on designs of products and urban environments which encourage an active lifestyle. There are always interesting happy hours and other events planned in conjunction with the museum’s exhibits. The intimate space of the museum also inspires a friendly and social atmosphere.   

Imagining New Worlds
High Museum of Art Atlanta
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.high.org

Date: Through May 24, 2015

The High Museum is Atlanta’s largest and most impressive venue for visual art and its temporary exhibits are always highlights of the cultural year. The Imagining New Worlds exhibit focuses on 20th century artist Wilfredo Lam, including artistic reactions to his work by more contemporary artists. Lam was one of the Surrealists in the 1940s. His work reflects his unique multiethnic background as his father was Chinese and his mother was African and Spanish. He was born in Cuba and consequently his influence has a wide range. 

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Pause
Kennesaw State University, Zuckerman Museum of Art
492 Prillaman Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(470) 578-3223
www.zuckerman.kennesaw.edu/

Date: Through June 6, 2015

It is worth a trip to Kennesaw to check out the free exhibits at the university’s museum. This particular exhibit includes more than 60 multimedia works from local and nationally-acclaimed artists, including Andy Warhol, Dawoud Bey and Rineke Dijkstra. Pause is intended to make viewers consider the impact of stopping or freezing time and the effect of time on their daily lives. Each of the pieces represents a different way on what happens when motion is interrupted. 

Larry Jens Anderson: A Retrospective
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 367-8700
www.mocaga.org

Date: Through July 3, 2015

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is one of the city’s artistic secrets. If you have never ventured over to Bennett Street, located right in Buckhead, it is worth an afternoon visit. This exhibit will focus on the work of Larry Jens Anderson, an artist and educator whose work has been shown all over the world. His work is provoking and politically charged and is sure to provide plenty of food for thought and conversation. 

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