The 2011 art season kicks off with a busy weekend in Atlanta.
Ponce Crush. Three galleries in the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor have joined forces. Young Blood, Beep Beep and Kibbee galleries will hold simultaneous opening receptions, usually on the first Saturday of each month. For the first Ponce Crush event, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 8, the galleries are sharing an animal theme. Works by 15 Atlanta artists will be exhibited.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. “Embodying,” an exhibit of Artadia award winners, and “Dana Schutz: Drawings & Prints” open Friday, January 7, from 8 to 10 p.m. Schutz, known for her exuberant expressionism, and sculptor Stephen Schofield, who exhibits his inventive exploration of the body in “Embodying,” will discuss their work at 11 a.m. Saturday. (Schofield’s “Dibutade” is above.)
And the High Museum of Art is making a closing as memorable as an opening. It plans to end “Dalí: The Late Work” with a marathon event. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 8, the museum will be open for 31 hours straight. The send-off will include additional arts and entertainment — Open Mic, curated by WonderRoot; performances by Atlanta’s circus, the Imperial Opa; live music by Klezmer Local 42 — stuff for children and “Insomniac Tours” of the exhibition by guest curator Elliott King (at 1, 3 and 5 a.m.). Night owls get a break on tickets and parking. See the High’s website for complete information.