In addition to the dozens of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, salons, offices and galleries in town that constantly exhibit new artwork—just take a look at Flagpole‘s weekly Art Around Town list—here are five major powerhouses to keep an eye on this fall.
Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: The last opportunity to view “Emerges VII,” ATHICA’s annual exhibition of local, up-and-coming artists, is at the closing reception on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 4–6 p.m. Up next, the gallery will host an Athens Celebrates Elephant 6 show curated by members of Dixie Blood Mustache that includes interactive sound installations, new projects and previously un-presented work by founding members of influential music collective E6. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6–8 p.m. In time for the holiday season, ATHICA will present its second deck of custom cards, Athens Arcana: A Contemporary Tarot, in which each of the 78 cards was designed by a different regional artist. An opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 6 will feature the original artwork for each card.
Gallery@Hotel Indigo & GlassCube@Hotel Indigo: “Tiny Universe,” a show of small works created by 70 Athens and Atlanta artists, most of whom have exhibited at Indigo over the past few years, will be on view through Friday, Sept. 19. The next exhibit, opening with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30–8:30 p.m., is called “Equations” and will feature works by Andy Moon Wilson, Elizabeth Kleene, Rusty Wallace, Moon Jung Jang, Molly Rose Freeman, Eric Mack, Kelly Kristin Jones and Craig Dongonsky. Outside in the GlassCube—literally a giant glass cube, for those of you unaware—Athens Celebrates Elephant 6 continues its gallery takeover with “N  c t u r n e,” a site-specific installation by Dana Jo Cooley, which will be on display through the end of December.
Georgia Museum of Art: There’s always a lot to see at GMOA; “Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art” will be on view through Sunday, Aug. 24; “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” through Sunday, Aug. 31; experimental films in “Bernd Oppl: Inhabited Interiors” through Sunday, Oct. 12; “Shapes That Talk to Me: The Athens Scene, 1975–85” through Sunday, Oct. 19; “Tristan Perich: ‘Machine Wall Drawing’” through Sunday, Nov. 18; and living sculpture “Terra Verte” through May of next year. Two shows will open on Saturday, Sept. 13, “An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab” and “XL,” a collection of large contemporary paintings, prints and sculptures. On Saturday, Oct. 4, GMOA will open a series of portraits created by the frontman of ’70s synth-punk band the Screamers and member of Ze Whiz Kidz counterculture theatre troupe in “Boxers and Backbeats: Tomata du Plenty and the West Coast Punk Scene,” as well as “The…of E6,” which will share works by Will Hart, David Barnes, Jeff Mangum, Steve Keene, Jill Carnes and Terry Rowlett. Opening on Saturday, Oct. 18, “Emilio Pucci in America” will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Italian designer with a collection of gowns, lingerie, sportswear and swimwear. On Saturday, Nov. 1, “The Nightmare Transported into Art: Odilon Redon’s ‘St. Anthony‘” will present three eerie sets of prints by the French symbolist painter and graphic artist, inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony. The last exhibit of the year, “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” will open on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Lyndon House Arts Center: Curated by Lizzie Zucker-Saltz, who also served as coordinator for the entire E6 exhibition series, “Reverberations: an Athens Celebrates Elephant 6 Exhibit” promises an array of posters, original artwork of album covers, photography by Jason Thrasher and Chad Stockfleth, stop-action animations by Hannah Jones, props from Music Tapes performances, paintings by Terry Rowlett, painted instruments by Will Hart and more. The show will open on Saturday, Aug. 23, and a reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2–4 p.m., the same day that new exhibit “Art of the Craft” opens. Both shows, along with interactive color composition installation “Roy G Biv. 8.2,” will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 11. The Lyndon House is also currently accepting registration for art classes that begin next month, offering rare opportunities to learn under notable local artists, like folk art with Peter Loose, watercolors with Erin McIntosh, drawing with Mark Helwig and stained glass with Marianne Parr.
UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art: In addition to the wave of student exit shows that occur near the end of each semester, LDSOA hosts several contemporary exhibitions of local, national and international artists throughout the year. “Video 101: Barry Stone Hum” is currently on display through Wednesday, Sept. 3, when an artist lecture at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by experimental music performances by Quiet Evenings, Future Ape Tapes, Jung Bouquet and Circuit des Yeux from 7–10 p.m. The school will then open four new exhibitions: “Jessica Machacek + Ella Weber: Suspended Preservatives,” “PhotoTopos 1: Rinne Allen, Michael Lachowski & Carl Martin,” “Ry Rocklen: Local Color” and “Zipporah Thompson: Menagerie.” An opening party will be held Friday, Sept. 12 from 7–10 p.m., and the exhibits will remain on view until Thursday, Oct. 9.
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