Unplug, Reconnect this Summer with the Return of Arts Events in Midtown
By Ellie Hensley, Editor and Producer, Midtown Alliance
Midtown is known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts,” boasting the largest concentration of arts and cultural institutions in the Southeast. For more than a year, these venues have been working to adapt to public health challenges, which necessitated moving their programming to a virtual format. Some have recently started reopening their doors at limited capacities.
Now that a larger percentage of the population is fully vaccinated and virus cases are decreasing, many of Midtown’s arts organizations are ready to expand and restart in-person events. Whether you’re in the mood to learn, laugh or sing along with a live musical act, Midtown has the perfect event for you to attend this summer if you’re ready to venture out. Here are the most recent arts announcements in our district:
Alexander Calder, My Shop, 1955, oil on canvas, Calder Foundation, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Jimi Billingsley courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, New York.
Calder-Picasso at the High Museum
This exhibit presents more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. The juxtaposition of Calder’s mobiles and wire figures with Picasso’s surrealist paintings reveals surprising new details about both of their bodies of work. Bonus: The High Museum offers an audio guide narrated by Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander S.C. Rower, the artists’ grandsons who conceived the exhibit. Get tickets for the exhibit, on view through September 19, here.
Photo Credit: CaseLove Productions
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance at The Center For Puppetry Arts
Take a nostalgic trip back to Thra, the world created by The Jim Henson Co. for the 1982 cult classic film “The Dark Crystal” and reimagined for Netflix’s 2019 limited series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” See puppets, props and artifacts from the production up close and discover the puppetry mastery it took to create them. This exhibit, inside the Center for Puppetry Arts Worlds of Puppetry Museum, is on view through October 31. Tickets and details here.
Photo Credit: Alive Coverage
The Fox Theatre Grand Reopening Includes 70 Shows in 2021
The Fox is back with socially distanced, reduced capacity events starting in July. See some live music from acts that include King Crimson, Box Scaggs or Brothers Osborne. The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival is featuring “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Princess Bride” this year, with magical pre-show sing-alongs with the newly restored “Mighty Mo” organ. The Fox will begin operating at 100% capacity after July, starting with the return of “Hamilton” for 30 shows from August 22 – September 26. See the full schedule here.
If these aren’t your scene, there are plenty of other offerings in Midtown. Check out Whole World Improv Theatre, which is once again performing live shows in its newly redesigned theater. Museum of Design Atlanta has an exhibition called “Bike to the Future” on the latest in bicycle design and infrastructure. SCAD FASH has two exhibitions on view: “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design” and “Albert Watson: The Light Behind the Lens.”
After going so many months with no income from ticket sales, arts and cultural organizations could really use your support this summer. If you’re comfortable going out, you can help these organizations to make up for lost time by meeting a friend at a concert, gallery or museum. Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings by checking Midtown’s event calendar.