Impressive Art and Design in Atlanta



The Arts




On my recent trip to Atlanta, I was very impressed with the quality of the museums and the art scene. I highly recommend visiting the:

High Museum: I had not been to the High in years, but enjoyed walking through it again. They have a large focus on American art and decorative arts and furniture. I enjoyed a temporary exhibition of contemporary art and photography. It is at 1280 Peachtree Street NE, in the Woodruff Arts Center, which also houses the Atlanta Symphony and the Alliance Theatre. There is a sleek, contemporary restaurant, Table 1280, located across the plaza from the entrance.

Museum of Design Atlanta/MODA: Across the street from the High Museum is the Museum of Design which has been in their space for just a year. Through changing exhibitions, lectures and tours, the museum examines the impact of design on our everyday lives. I enjoyed a chair design exhibition that was extremely well-done. It is very small, so keep your car parked and do both museums at one time. The address is 1315 Peachtree St. NE.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: Located at 535 Means St., this museum came highly recommended by a friend who is involved. It is again in the emerging West Town area, and is well worth a visit. I enjoyed a temporary exhibition of contemporary paintings.

On my next trip I want to visit MOCA GA, the  Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University with its collection of Egyptian, Greek/Roman, Ancient American, African and Asian art along with works on paper.

The Atlanta branch of SCAD, or the Savannah College of Art and Design, has four galleries that I would like to visit after having seen some great exhibitions in Savannah. They have The Dewberry Gallery at 1545 Peachtree and  Gallery 1600, See Gallery and Trois Gallery all at 1600 Peachtree St. NE.

At 75 Bennett Street is the Tula Art Center, where there are a number of galleries and studios that are open for a art walk on the first Thursday of every month. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the center.