ART + DESIGN
Finster Fest. The annual festival honoring the life and legacy of Georgia’s most famous folk artist features 50 artists, live music, barbecue, a children’s art activity area and the chance to tour Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia. May 26–27. Paradise Garden, Summerville, Georgia.
Decatur Arts Festival. A family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating the arts features an artists’ market, a fine arts exhibition, music, performances, food and more. May 25–27. Downtown Decatur.
Atlanta Design Festival. The annual festival features an expo tour, showroom presentations, talks and installations. May 25–June 3. Woodruff Arts Center.
Bloom Where You’re Planted. A new exhibition features highlights from the collection of Deen Day Sanders including paintings by Severin Roesen, Thomas Sully, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran, John G. Brown, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Ernest Lawson. Through July 29. Georgia Museum of Art.
Pastiche Lumumba: Don’t @ Me. The Brooklyn-based artist and former Atlantan shows new work combining painting, sculpture and internet memes alongside work by Nandi Love, Jenson Leonard and Zach Fox. Through June 8. Wish Gallery.
Leigh Ann Culver: Human Nature. The Georgia-native artist shows new charcoal drawings. Through June 12. South Fulton Arts Center.
Matt Haffner: Harmonic Dysfunction. Whitespace presents a new solo exhibition by the Atlanta-based photographer and mixed-media artist alongside Long-Lasting Chew by CC Calloway in the gallery’s whitespec space. Through June 16. Whitespace Gallery.
Golden Hour. Dashboard US with guest curator Oshun Layne presents new site-specific installations at Oakland Cemetery by Plastic Aztecs, Khalilah Birdsong, In Kyoung Chun, Ben Coleman, Paula Cuevas, Henry Detweiler, Sara Jimenez, Eto Otitigbe, Justin Rabideau, Ruth Stanford and Karen Tauches. Installations on view through May 27. Oakland Cemetery.
Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future. A retrospective exhibition with designs borrowed primarily from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris considers the seven-decade career of the French designer. Through September 30. SCAD FASH.
Undoings – Existents: A Collaborative Body. New abstract paintings and mixed-media works from Priscilla Alarcon and Rose M. Barron consider gender and identity in the modern South. Through June 1. Kibbee Gallery.
Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, a new exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16. Atlanta History Center.
Unraveled. A new group exhibition features individual and collaborative work from Luca Barolli, Lauren Betty, Andrew Catanese and Igor Korsunskiy. Through July 8. Blue Mark Studios.
Jean Larson. The painter shows new work influenced by the natural environment. Through July 14. Alan Avery Art Company.
The Wonder of it All. A new exhibition features works by Susan Cofer and Jerry Siegel along with other artists in MOCA GA’s permanent collection. Through June 30. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Art of Nature. An outdoor art exhibition at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve features work by Laura Bell, Sonya Yong James, Maria Ava Totina Ramos, Sachi Rome, Shannon Willow and Alison Hamil. Through June 1. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
Rachel Evans: Amorphous: Cloudscape Paintings. The Atlanta-based painter shows new canvases depicting cloudscapes. Through May 31. Brickworks Gallery.
Dressing for Dystopia. A new exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.
Susan Cofer: Drawings. The renowned Atlanta-based artist shows new drawings at Poem 88, her first solo show at the gallery. Through May 24. Poem 88.
M.C. Escher +. An exhibition of prints by the legendary graphic artist accompanies contemporary work by Dick Esterle, George Hart, Miranda Herrick, Paul Hildebrandt, Akio Hizume, Marc Pelletier, Clark Richert, Erin Sledd, Fabien Vienne and Scott Vorthman. Through June 9. Different Trains Gallery.
Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Fantastic creatures made of plants bring the Atlanta Botanical Garden to life. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Alfred Conteh: Visions of a Cultural Commentator and Dylan Pierce’s Legacy of Hope: Studies in Africa. Two new exhibitions focus on the work of Atlanta-based artists: a retrospective show of Alfred Conteh’s body of work encompassing realistic portraiture and symbolic abstraction and Dylan Pierce’s work inspired by his travels to Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa. Through June 17. Marietta Cobb Art Museum.
Walker Keith Jernigan: Broken Artist Dreams. The artist shows painting, sculpture, installation and performance, as he continues to work in the gallery, interact with visitors and add to the exhibition throughout its run. Through May 26. Mammal Gallery, 217 Mitchell Street.
Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. Through June 7. Gallery 72.
Charmaine Minniefield: Black Angels. The artist explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Through June 24. Carrie McPheeters Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library.
Imaginary Friends. A new group exhibition shows work by Britt Spencer, Carlyle Wolfe, Michael Porten and Laura Dargan. Through June 1. Spalding Nix.
Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama. The photographer presents new and recent images of Alabama. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.
Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. A new exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.
William Downs: Inhuman. The artist and GSU professor presents new work. Through June 9. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
Frederick D. Jones Jr. and the Social Surreal. An exhibition of works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection considers the work of Chicago artist Frederick D. Jones Jr. in relation to the art movement known as social surrealism. Through May 25. Clark Atlanta University Museum.
Interrupted. MINT Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibition. Through May 26. 92 Peachtree Street.
Langdon Clay: Cars. Jackson Fine Art shows works from the photographer’s cars series created between 1974 and 1976. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917–1918. A centennial touring exhibition from the National War Museum and Memorial features contemporary photographs by Michael St. Maur Sheil capturing the battlefields of the Western Front. Through July 5. Atlanta History Center.
Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Pakistan and Afghanistan. A new exhibition curated by UGA associate professor of art history Nicolas Morrissey highlights the Buddhist artistic heritage of ancient Gandhara. Through June 17. Georgia Museum of Art.
Mark Steinmetz: Terminus. The Athens, Georgia-based photographer turns his lens on the Atlanta airport and its surroundings as part of the High’s ongoing Picturing the South series of commissions. Through June 3. High Museum.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. A new exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.
Eva Ayllón. The renowned Peruvian singer, often dubbed the “Tina Turner of Peru” and the “Queen of Landó,” performs an Atlanta concert. May 25 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Atlanta Jazz Festival. More than 100 acts, including a new all-women lineup on Saturday night, perform in the popular outdoor Atlanta Jazz Festival. May 26–27. Piedmont Park.
Madison Chamber Music Festival. Artistic director and Atlanta Symphony principal cellist Christopher Rex presents a lineup of chamber music in Madison, Georgia. Through June 10. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.
John Burke: The Music of Georgia. The Grammy-nominated pianist and composer presents a night of music from the Peach State, from Ray Charles to music from The Walking Dead. May 24 at 7:30 p.m. City Winery.
Hamilton. A touring production of the monster Broadway hit arrives at the Fabulous Fox for a two-week, 24-performance run. May 22–June 10. Fox Theatre.
Sin Piel. Artist Marium Khalid presents a new performance work inspired by the anatomical Venus and psychospiritual darkness. May 24–June 3. 575 Boulevard.
Alliance Theatre on the BeltLine. The Alliance Theatre gives a free preview of scenes from its upcoming family production of Winnie-the-Pooh. May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Historic Fourth Ward Park.
Living on Love. Stage Door presents a new production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy about a famous husband and wife maestro and diva who hire attractive young ghostwriters to tell the story of their lives. Through June 10. Stage Door.
Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo. Dad’s Garage parodies the Hamilton craze with a part-fact, part-fiction musical spoof based on the life of founding father Ben Franklin. Through June 9. Dad’s Garage.
Citizens Market. Horizon’s Jeff Adler directs a new production of Cori Thomas’ comedy about a group of immigrants forming a makeshift family at the neighborhood market. Through June 24. Horizon Theatre.
Ripcord. Donna Biscoe and Jill Jane Clements star in a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2015 comedy about contentious roommates in a nursing home. Through June 3. Aurora Theatre.
The Vertical. Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents a world premiere dance work by Tara Lee outdoors at Serenbe. May 25–June 3. Deer Hollow at Serenbe.
EnCore Dance on Film. Core Performance Company presents a collection of original dance works for the screen. May 25 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Core Studios.
Jon Michael Varese, The Spirit Photographer. The literary historian presents his debut novel about a fraudulent spirit photographer at the turn of the century who is surprised to discover he’s seemingly captured the image of a real ghost. May 21 at 7 p.m. A Capella Books.
Larry Smith, Six Words: Fresh Off the Boat. The founder of SixWordMemoirs.com and its bestselling book series explores stories of immigration, identity and coming to America. May 23 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.
The House of Tomorrow. Peter Livolsi’s new film of Peter Bognanni’s 2010 novel stars Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman. Opens May 25. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Southern Foodways Alliance Screening and Barbecue Panel. Southern Foodways Alliance screens its latest short film about Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ followed by a panel discussion with Georgia pitmasters moderated by The Bitter Southerner’s Chuck Reece. May 23 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.