January can be a real letdown with everyone back at work after the holidays. Still, there are plenty of fun art events in Atlanta to look forward to this spring. Whether you just want a peaceful staycation day for yourself or you want to gather a crew of friends to check out the latest exhibit, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, checking out an exhibit is a fun way to get out of the house if you feel cooped up during the chillier months.
‘Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds’
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Feb. 14 – May 24, 2015
If the popularity of the Dali exhibit at the High a few years ago is any indication, Atlanta loves its Surrealists. This exhibit will be a retrospective of the work of Wifredo Lam, featuring more than 40 paintings and drawings and prints as well. Visitors will trace Lam’s career from his time in Madrid and Paris to his return to Cuba. Lam’s work was known to be a strong influence on artistic figures like Picasso, Federico Garcia Lorca and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others.
‘Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature’
Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Jan. 18 – April 5, 2015
The Museum of Design Atlanta, or MODA, is one of the city’s greatest artistic treats, and this spring MODA will feature an exhibit discussing the impressive diversity of dwelling structures that animals and humans have chosen. If you have family members who aren’t into the typical fine art exhibits of larger museums, this is a fun way to introduce them to the variety of learning experiences one can have at a museum. Visitors really get the chance to interact with the exhibits at MODA, and there are often educational happy hours and other events associated with the exhibits. In addition, the museum has several 3D printers, and guests can sign up for classes where they can create works to be printed, from jewelry to Minecraft figures.
‘Fahamu Pecou: GRAV*I*TY’
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Through Feb. 14, 2015
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, or MOCA GA, is another fantastic smaller museum that can provide a fun getaway from the daily grind. This exhibit is part of the museum’s Working Artist Project, which is an awards program that helps to support local artists. There will be an artist talk on January 27th where visitors can mingle and discuss the works with the artist. There is also a fun antique shop directly across from MOCA GA, so this makes for a nice afternoon either solo or with friends.
‘Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson’
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Date: Jan. 17 – May 17, 2015
The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University always has something interesting going on in the mix, and this spring one of the featured exhibits will focus on the work of Mildred Thompson. Thompson, who lived from 1936-2003, was an African-American artist who studied abroad in Germany, where she found more acceptance than she did in New York earlier in her life. She eventually resettled in Atlanta and was a beloved teacher for many years. This exhibit features her later prints, from the last 25 years of her life after she took up shop in Atlanta.
‘Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With The Wind’
The Atlanta History Center
130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Date: Through April 4, 2015
It’s pretty much guaranteed that at any particular moment, there is at least one “Gone With The Wind”-centric exhibit in Atlanta. This exhibit is set to close in early April, and fans of the film won’t want to miss their chance to check out this unique look at the relation of the characters to the history of the time. Kurtz was the film historian and technical advisor, recommended by Margaret Mitchell herself. There are items in the exhibit that have never been released before to the public, including some candid photographs from the set.
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