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Famous Art Gallery In Atlanta – 5 Best Options

The famous art gallery in Atlanta is splendid. Every art has its own unique style and culture. Similarly, the art of the city represents various cultures and civilizations of around the world.

Art Galleries and holding exhibitions are a way to celebrate and appreciate great talents. Atlanta is not just full of galleries. But, it has huge and famous art museums. These museums display various different artworks and styles.

The exhibitions here are organized for educational and social purposes. Also, appreciation of the different artistic talents’ purposes.

One of the exciting attractions in Atlanta also includes its famous art galleries. However, there are many art galleries in Atlanta. Given below is the list of 5 famous art galleries in Atlanta.

1.1. High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art is the biggest museum in the Southeast United States. It is situated at 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, US. With a collection of over eighteen thousand artworks.

It organizes national and international exhibitions. The museum is better known for its 19th and 20th centuries American Arts.

Its collection of artworks includes European, American, and African arts. Also, the Folk & Self-taught art, decorative arts and design. Moreover, photography and modern & contemporary art are also included. Lucas Cranach, Claude Monet, and Daniel Ridgway Knight are top artworks of its gallery. It was established in the year 1905.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo‘s art the highlights of the museum. It also includes Chuck Close and Martin Johnson Heade.

Gudmund Vigtel directed the High Museum for 28 years. It was since 1963. Richard Meier designed this incredible building of High. It facilitates determined spaces. These spaces are for kids and all ages people.

1.1.1.  Exhibitions

The High Museum hosted many exhibitions. It was solo and in partnership. Given below is the list of selected exhibitions. From 2007 – 2011
  • Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and The Ancient World (October, 2007 – September, 2008)
  • Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and 1970s (December, 2007 – August, 2008)
  • Road to Freedom: Photographs from the Civil Rights Movement, 1956 – 1968 (June, 2008 – October, 2008)
  • Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright (May, 2008 – August, 2008)
  • The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army (November, 2008)
  • Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and The Masterpiece (2008)
  • The Treasure of Ulysses Davis (2008)
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Hand of the Genius (October, 2009 – February, 2010)
  • Dali: The Late Work (August, 2010 – January, 2011) From 2013 – 2015
  • The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden (November, 2013 – January, 2014)
  • Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas (May, 2014 – September, 2014)
  • Gordon Parks: Segregation Story (November, 2014 – June, 2015)
  • Los Trompos (April, 2015 – November, 2015)
  • Alex Katz, This is Now (June, 2015 – September, 2015) From 2016 – 2018
  • The Rise of Sneaker Culture (June, 2016 – August, 2016)
  • A Conspiracy of Icons: The Art of Donald Locke (November, 2016 – July, 2017)
  • Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon (June, 2016 – November, 2016)
  •  Daniel Arsham: Hourglass (March, 2017 – May, 2017)
  •  Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale (June, 2017 – October, 2017)
  • Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan (April, 2017 – January, 2018)
  • Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design (October, 2017 – January, 2018)
  • Al Taylor, What Are You Looking At? (November, 2017 – March, 2018)
  • Winnie-The-Pooh: Exploring a Classic (June, 2018 – September, 2018)
  • William Christenberry: Time & Texture (October, 2018 – April, 2018) From 2019 – 2022
  • Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads (March, 2019 – May, 2019)
  • Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn from Atlanta (June, 2019 – September, 2019)
  • Fine Lines: American Works on Paper (October, 2019 – March, 2020)
  • The Plot Thickens: Storytelling in European Print Series (February, 2020 – July, 2020)
  • Murmuration (July, 2020 – February, 2021)
  • Ragnar Kjartannsson: The Visitors (March, 2021 – May, 2021)
  • The Obama Portraits Tour (January, 2022 – March, 2022)

1.2. MODA

The MODA stands for Museum of Design Atlanta. It is located in Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

The designed art museum was established in the year 1993. It is the only museum that is entirely dedicated to K-12 educational purposes. However, it usually organizes exhibitions based on product design. Also, on industrial, fashion, architecture, graphics, interior and furniture, etc.

Firstly, it was opened as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design in 1989. At that time, it was situated in the downtown Peachtree Center district of Atlanta. In 2003, it was expanded as a design museum. In 2011, it settled on its current location, which is in Midtown Atlanta.

Brenda Galina left his position as executive director on December 31, 2012. Later, in January 2013, Laura Flusche was appointed as the museum’s new executive director.

1.2.1.  Exhibitions

Passione Italiana: The design of the Italian Motorcycle was exhibited for the first time at its new location. Joe Remling selected it over the previous 5 decades. The exhibition has showcased many designs of Italian motorcycles. Designs are by Moto-Morini, MV Agusta, Bimota, and Ducati.

The WaterDream was part of other exhibitions of 2011. It was a survey of the great history of bathroom designs. In 2012s, the exhibition, Emerging Voices 11 was held.

The exhibition was to celebrate and appreciate the young talent of the architecture community of Atlanta. It was organized in partnership. This was with the Young Architects Forum Atlanta and AIA Atlanta.

The Evolution of Skateboard Art exhibition exhibit was Skate It or Hung It!? W. Todd Vaught selected it. He evaluated the skateboarding’s visual aspects. Since the 1970s, it is a sport that has had great significance to contemporary youth culture. Moreover, it showcased a wide range of visual expressions, imagery, and styles of skateboard art.

1.3.  Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

The Art Museum is also known as MOCA GA. It is a contemporary art museum situated in 75 Bennett Street, Atlanta. So, it is renowned for showcasing the excellent artworks of artists of Georgia. It was opened in the year 2000.

1.3.1.  Exhibitions

The museum exclusively showcases the work of Georgian Artists in its solo exhibitions. Meanwhile, it exhibits national and international artists’ work in group exhibitions. It has done more than 120 exhibitions until now.

The museum has organized a grand opening exhibition. It was of a sculpture by Martin Emanuel. Moreover, it exhibited many artworks of Kojo Griffin, Herbert Creecy, Hope Hilton, and Cheryl Goldsleger.

In November 2002, the museum knitted an exhibition, Color, Culture, Complexity, selected by Ed Spriggs. He is connected with the Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta. The co-founder of Art Papers magazine, Dan Tally, was also part of it.

The exhibition was an exploration of the current conditions. Also, the history of race relations in America. It highlighted the artworks of the artists from all over the country.   

In 2010, the museum transferred twenty-one artworks to fourteen Georgia artists. These works are:

  • ‘Untitled’ by Gladene Tukcer (1961)
  • ‘Silent String (Jazz Series)’ by Shirley Bolton (1974)
  • ‘Haystacks and Corn’ & ‘Garden Bouquet’ by Ferdinand Warren (1952)
  • ‘Small Function’ by Santo Bruno (1977)
  • ‘Compote with Grapes’ by Benjamin Edgar Shute
  • ‘Get with Red’ (1962), ‘Reidsville’ (1943), ‘White House and Chickens’ (1946) by Howard Thomas
  • ‘Funeral’ by Joseph Schwarz

Some more transferred works include:

  • ‘Study’ by Herbert Lee Creecy Jr. (1967)
  • ‘A View of Taxco, Mexico’ by Robert Stockton Rogers
  • ‘The White Door’ (1953), ‘Wind on the Coast’ (1941), ‘Sketch for Wind on the Coast’ (1944) by Lamar Dodd
  • ‘Untitled’ by Larry Connaster (1969)
  • ‘Prometheus Bringing Fire Down to the Earth’ by Charles Mitchell
  • ‘Untitled’ by James McRae (1966)
  • ‘Homage to the Four Arts’ by Jarvin Parks

1.4. Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is situated on the main campus of Emory University, Atlanta. This art museum has the greatest ancient collection of artworks of the Southeast. The collection includes ancient Greece and Egyptian objects.

Also, the African, Rome, and ancient American objects. It is among the oldest museum in Georgia. Moreover, it has a famous art gallery in Atlanta.

The collections of the museum back in 1876. The museum was called Emory College Museum. It was established on the original campus of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia. A group of professors founded the Emory University Museum in 1919. It was when the university was relocated to Atlanta.

The collections were housed and showcased in different buildings on the campus. Michael C. Carlos, a businessman of Atlanta. He donated 20 million dollars for many years to develop a permanent spot for the museum.

It was opened in 1985. After that, it was renamed Emory University Museum of Art & Archaeology. Michael C. Carlos died at the age of 75, in December 2002.

Later, after the expansion in 1993. The museum was named after its most generous patron Michael C. Carlos. The collection of museum has more than 25,000 artworks. It attracts 120,000 visitors every year. Henry Kim was appointed as a new director in the year 2022.

1.4.1. Exhibitions

The museum holds exhibitions based on a temporary and permanent basis. It is also the source of workshops, educational programming, and festivals. This also includes symposia, performances, and providing lectures.

Further, the museum also executes a conservation center and a teaching laboratory. It also launches scholarly catalogs. The museum’s outreach program, Art Odyssey, brought archaeology, art, and history to the Georgia classrooms.

On June 6, 2006, the museum bought Venus. It was a headless statue. It is at a Sotheby’s auction held in New York. The statue cost 968,000 dollars. A private collector in Houston, Texas, mentioned selling the body to whoever will have to buy the head as well.

It was previously documented to attach with a body in 1836. So, the head was also sold for more than fifty thousand dollars.

1.5. Center For Puppetry Arts

The Center For Puppetry Arts is the largest organization in the US. Most significantly, it is dedicated to puppetry artworks. It is situated at 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, US.

Performance, museum, and education are the three main focused areas of the center. It is among the few puppet museums all over the world. The famous art gallery in Atlanta was founded by Vincent Anthony in 1978.

The Center was opened publicly. It was when Kermit The Frog, with his creator Jim Henson, inaugurated it on September 23, 1978. This art museum showcases the Family Series every year. It is a compilation of classic adapted stories.

These are performed in the puppetry form of art. The previous shows included an adaptation of Dinosaurs by Jon Ludwig. Next, a set in Manhattan. Further, the Shoemaker & The Elves, during the 1940s.

The family performances are comprised of shows that are created and performed by the center. Also, other artists from all over the world contribute to it.

During the SummerFest, the National Travelling Puppetry groups perform their puppetry shows for families. In addition with family performances, it facilitates a Create-A-Puppet workshop.

1.5.1.  Exhibitions

The museum of the center especially exhibits puppets from different time periods and countries around the world. However, the significance of puppet exhibitions is to spread awareness and understanding of this beautiful art. The world’s greatest collection of Jim Henson is the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. It is the biggest collection in the hemisphere of global puppetry artifacts.

The puppets in the collection are:

  • The Little Players, Skeksis, and Wayland Flowers’ Madame from the movie The Dark Crystal.
  • Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and The Lion King from the Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
  • Ernie
  • Pigs In Space
  • Muppets Rowlf The Dog
  • Swedish Chef
  • The Electric Mayhem
  • Dr. Teeth

Moreover, the museum has a famous art gallery of puppets.

2. Conclusion

There are many museums and art galleries in Atlanta. Art Galleries include fine art galleries and fashion museums. Also, the puppet art museums, and more artwork styles.

Atlanta city, which lies in Georgia, US. It is packed with artistic talents. Visitors from all over the world come to this place to celebrate the rich talent of artists. The city itself appreciates the great talent of Georgia. Also of national and International artists around the world.

If you are visiting Atlanta, Georgia. Do not forget to visit and explore these excellent art galleries and museums.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2023 by Janhavi Ramesh Kowligi