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The best special museum and art exhibits in Atlanta this September

Paige Minds The Gap

Atlanta is a great destination for art lovers and museum goers, and the city is filled with unique exhibits this month. Check out these special museum exhibits and art exhibitions on display in Atlanta this September.

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Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

Event Dates: now through September 12, 2021

This exhibition at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film explores Ruth E. Carter’s ability to create fully realized, dimensional characters through her costumes and how it has made her one of the most sought after and renowned designers today.

“Calder-Picasso” Exhibition at the High Museum of Art

Event Dates: now through September 19, 2021

The touring exhibition “Calder-Picasso” is on view at the High Museum of Art this summer. The exhibition explores the works of 20th century artists Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. Through more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the exhibit reveals the radical innovations and enduring influence of these two artists.

Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting at the High Museum of Art

Event Dates: now through September 26, 2021

Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting at the High Museum of Art considers electrical lighting over the past 100 years as a catalyst for technological and artistic innovation. The exhibition features nearly 80 rare lighting examples by international designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Christian Dell, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and more.

Made by Her Hands

Event Dates: now through October 1, 2021

This special exhibit at the Marietta Museum of History highlights quilts made locally in Cobb County and the women who made them. Explore the beautiful stitching, patterns, and fabric choices and try to imagine the impact these women had on our history.

Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

Event Dates: now through October 24, 2021

The focus of this art exhibit on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta is on the resilience of learning how to survive, adapt, and grow amid the repercussions of climate change, natural disasters, and other shocks.

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta

Event Dates: now through October 30, 2021

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta allows guests to feel as if they have been transported to the African safari. Through unique immersive technology, guests will be surrounded by the natural habitat of wild animals in Africa. Animal lovers can wander the sweeping plains, admire the spectacular landscapes, and encounter lions, zebras, and elephants.

SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Event Dates: now through October 31, 2021

SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom brings dozens of large-scale contemporary glass sculptures by Jason Gamrath to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The exhibit features 13 installations of about 150 pieces of colorful sculptures representing blooming plants. About 30 pieces have been created exclusively for the Garden. The exhibition is displayed throughout the Garden’s indoor and outdoor spaces. The sculptures feature orchids, pitcher plants, aloes, lotuses, and more.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yard

Event Dates: now through November 15, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience lets you step inside of Van Gogh’s famous paintings through a 360-degree digital art exhibition. The experience explores the life of Vincent van Gogh, his work, and his secrets through digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a unique light and sound show.

Outside the Lines at the High Museum of Art

Event Dates: now through November 28, 2021

Outside the Lines at the High Museum of Art presents an immersive maze of accessible, sensory environments by award-winning design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio. This is the studio’s seventh site-specific installation on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza.

Resonance: Recent Acquisitions in Photography

Event Dates: now through December 5, 2021

Explore the recent gifts to the Michael C. Carlos Museum collection. These photographs are intended to resonate with the unprecedented realities and profound emotions experienced by many during 2020.

Responding Heroes: Remembering September 11, 2001

Event Dates: September 9, 2021 through October 17, 2021

This exhibit at the Atlanta History Center focuses on the experiences and memories of first responders during 9/11, including firefighters, paramedics, and police officers. The exhibition is curated by the National EMS Museum for this anniversary showing in Atlanta.

“Woodland Spirits” at Fernbank Museum

Event Dates: September 18, 2021 through November 7, 2021

Encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows of Fernbank Museum’s WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. The museum’s annual Halloween exhibit features kooky sculptures, a haunted outpost, a monster garden, and more.

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