Atlanta Fall Arts: Galleries highlight history, hip-hop and Afro-Caribbean culture

"Fragrant with dawn and dew" (2018) acrylic and ink on paper, from artist Firelei Báez featured in the group show "{UNDER}flow" at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
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"Fragrant with dawn and dew" (2018) acrylic and ink on paper, from artist Firelei Báez featured in the group show "{UNDER}flow" at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. Courtesy of Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art

Whether you want to go deep or just enjoy the bedazzled glitter-filled party, the fall Atlanta art scene offers openings, studio visits, globe-trotting artists and a number of ways to interact with this vibrant scene.

“Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative”

Los Angeles-based Afro-Cuban American artist Harmonia Rosales references European oil painting and classical mythology, but flips the script. In Rosales’ virtuosic paintings, Black and Latinx women flex and display their power and beauty, overturning historical associations of nobility and might with white skin. Displayed in the artist’s first touring exhibit is a version of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling stretched across the hull of an overturned slave ship.

Through Dec. 2. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta., 404-270-5607.


Four internationally celebrated Afro-Caribbean artists explore undercurrents of sexuality, power dynamics and history beneath the surface in their work. Featured artists are Firelei Báez born in the Dominican Republic; Cuban-born María Magdalena Campos-Pons; David Antonio Cruz born to Puerto Rican parents in Philadelphia; and Didier William from Haiti. The show was curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson.

Aug. 29-Dec. 9. Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, 492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. 470-578-3223,

“Clean American”

An Atlanta artist with a flair for the theatrical whose work tackles American culture and the pitfalls of consumer culture, Australian-born Georgia State University MFA graduate Coorain Devin presents a solo show at the ambitious, always interesting End Project Space. Look for work incorporating textiles, sculptures and perhaps even some homemade costumes and performances that, in the artist’s words, “celebrate and critique the weird, wonderful and toxic material culture that I live in.”

Sept. 1-Oct. 29. The End Project Space, 1870 Murphy Ave. SW, Atlanta.

Jan Banning: Artist Talk

Renowned Dutch photographer Jan Banning, whose work often examines institutions and historical trauma, will lecture and sign his 2022 book, “The Verdict: The Christina Boyer Case.” Featuring documentary and staged photographs, the book challenges the conviction of a Carrollton mother accused in 1992 of killing her 3-year-old daughter. Boyer, who is serving her sentence at Georgia’s Pulaski State Prison, is also at the center of the Hulu documentary “Demons & Saviors.”

Sept. 15. Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, 1544 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 404-605-0605.

“We the People”

Lawyer-turned-artist Julie Torres examines the fundamental principles and people behind the grand, occasionally shaky democratic experiment called America. Woven, screen printed portraits of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolly Parton and Maya Angelou are intertwined with excerpts from the Constitution, references to Supreme Court decisions and country music lyrics.

Oct. 6-Jan. 3. Maune Contemporary, 747-A Miami Circle NE, Atlanta. 678-705-4735.

EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE; Selma, Alabama 2019
The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the brutal Bloody Sunday beatings of civil rights marchers during the first march for voting rights. On "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. The televised attacks were seen all over the nation, prompting public support for the civil rights activists in Selma and for the voting rights campaign. Built in 1940, the bridge is named after Edmund Winston Pettus, a former Confederate brigadier general, Democratic U.S. Senator, and grand wizard of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan.

©Rich Frishman

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“Ghosts of Segregation”

Though we might think of America’s racial past as embedded in statues of Confederates that can be easily toppled, in fact it lies in architecture and land we pass every day. Photographer Richard Frishman’s exhibition, “Ghosts of Segregation,” looks at sites from Alabama to Seattle that represent the truth of America’s legacy of racial injustice.

Oct 16-May 24. David J. Sencer CDC Museum, 1600 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-639-0830. Driver’s license or passport required for entry.

“ATL Hip Hop Innovators”

The Museum of Design Atlanta hosts a multifaceted, multimedia four-week course to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. There will be field trips to the Trap Music Museum, a listening party and lecture with “Chronicling Stankonia” author Regina Bradley and numerous other events that recognize and celebrate the cultural impact of this American musical genre.

Oct. 26-Nov. 16. MODA, 1315 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. 404-979-6455.

SeekATL studio tours

This artist-centered group has been hosting studio visits at metro Atlanta artist studios for 12 years. For those wanting a deeper dive into how artists think and work, the fall season will feature the three winners of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s Working Artist Project award: Namwon Choi, Jose Ibarra Rizo and Jane Foley.

Beginning Oct. 28 at Namwon Choi’s studio at Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means St. NW, Atlanta. Check website for future dates and locations. 404-688-1970.