"Jack Whitten: Memorial Paintings." A handsome and intelligent exhibition, one of the Contemporary's most important, offers not only powerful paintings but also an exemplar of a life in

art. Through June 14. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. 404-688-1970; www.thecontemporary.org.

"Shinique Smith: Torch Songs." Smith's lively mixture of fabric, found objects and energizing painting is worth a trip. Through May 31. Saltworks Gallery. 404-876-8000; www.saltworksgallery.com.

—- Lisa Kurzner

"Storyville Series: Joe Overstreet." A gorgeous, sultry series of abstract works by the New York-based artist celebrates the birth of jazz in early 20th century New Orleans. Through Aug. 1. City Gallery East. 404-817-6815.

—- Debra Wolf

"Young Americans." Long appreciated in Atlanta as an emerging photographer, Sheila Pree Bright comes of age with a solid show depicting Generation Y members with the American flag. Through Aug. 10. High Museum of Art. 404-733-4444; www.high.org.

—- Lisa Kurzner

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