The November Calendar

Your guide to the best art events in Atlanta
November 2019

Featured image: Designer Virgil Abloh’s Figures of Speech opens at the High this month. (Image courtesy the artist/High Museum)

STYLE & DESIGN

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech. The Chicago-born designer’s first museum show, organized by the Chicago Museum of Art, arrives in Atlanta. November 12-March 8. High Museum.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper. Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave creates sculptural replicas of historic garments with paper and paint. Through January 12. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.


VISUAL ART

Cosmo Whyte. The Jamaican-born, Atlanta-based artist has his Working Artist Project show at MOCA-GA. November 19-January 14. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Project: Temporary Art Center. A new exhibition shows installations by some of Atlanta’s most prominent contemporary artists. Work by Paul Stephen Benjamin, Fredrik Brauer, Marc Brotherton, Xie Caomin, Bethany Collins, Drew Conrad, William Downs, Jill Frank, Kojo Griffin, Dana Haugaard, Sarah Hobbs, Lonnie Holley, Shara Hughes, Scott Ingram, Wihro Kim, Michi Meko, Kirstin Mitchell, Jiha Moon, Esteban Patino, Fahamu Pecou, Joe Peragine, Jen Ray, Micah and Whitney Stansell, Ben Venom, JD Walsh, Christina West, and Sonya Yong James. Opens November 15 at 8 p.m. Temporary Art Center.

Artist Joseph Guay is among the artists whose studio is at Murphy Rail Studios. The artists host a studio art party on November 9. (Image courtesy the artist)

Murphy Rail Studios Art Party. The artists of the Murphy Rail Studios host an open studio art party and sale. November 9 at 7 p.m. Murphy Rail Studios.

Alex Harris: Our Strange New Land. The North Carolina-based photographer and Duke professor shows new images of the filmmaking South as part of the High’s Picturing the South series. November 29-May 3. High Museum.

Ted Collier: Uncircled. The abstract artist has a solo show featuring his circles in vibrant colors alongside other new works. Opening reception November 15 at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition through January 1. Maune Contemporary.

Material Georgia: 1733–1900. A new exhibition shows Georgia-made furniture, textiles, pottery and metal work, highlighting the scholarly work of University of Georgia’s Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts. November 16-March 15. Georgia Museum of Art.


THEATER

Downstairs. Mary Lynn Owen, Travis Smith, and Bill Murphey perform playwright Theresa Rebeck’s dark suspense drama about familial abuse and codependency. November 6-December 1. Actor’s Express.

Fleabag. The National Theatre re-broadcasts its production of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman stage show which became the basis for the hit BBC television show. November 18 at 7 p.m. Area movie theaters.

Tymesha Harris performs as Josephine Baker (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez)

Josephine. Tymisha Davis brings her hit one-woman show about the life of legendary cabaret star Josephine Baker to Atlanta. November 7-10. Southwest Arts Center.

King Lear. Atlanta actor Chris Kayser performs the title role in Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear. Through November 24. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

The Nether. Theater Emory presents the Atlanta premiere of playwright Jennifer Haley’s sci-fi crime drama, winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Through November 17. Theater Emory.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley. Playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon offer a companion play to their Jane Austen-themed Miss Bennet, imagining the activity downstairs among the servants at Pride and Prejudice‘s Pemberley house. November 27-December 29. Theatrical Outfit.


FILM

Pain and Glory. Pedro Almadovar’s new film features Antonio Banderas as a film director reflecting on his past. Opens November 1. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

The Irishman. Martin Scorsese’s new  film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, Jimmy Hoffa, and Russell Bufalino. Opens November 15. Area movie theaters.

Buster Keaton in a publicity still for the 1921 film The Haunted House. The event Changing Score at Georgia Tech on November 15 puts Gaëll Lozac’h’s music with several classic silent films.

Changing Score: Classic Films Reimagined. Dr. Chaowen Ting conducts the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra in a performance of new musical scores by contemporary composer Gaëll Lozac’h for film excerpts from Charlie Chaplin’s The Vagabond (1916), Jean Renoir’s La petite marchande d’allumettes (The Little Match Girl) (1928), Buster Keaton’s The Haunted House (1921), and Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! (1923). November 15 at 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.

Night on Earth. Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1991 film tells the stories of five simultaneous cab rides in five cities around the world. November 5 at 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Where’s My Roy Cohn? A new documentary profiles infamous lawyer and Donald Trump mentor Roy Cohn. Opens November 1. Tara Cinema 4.


DANCE

Le Corsaire. The Bolshoi Ballet re-broadcasts its production by Alexei Ratman with Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Ekaterina Krysanove and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko. November 17 at 1 p.m. Area movie theaters.

An image from the dance work It’s Now It’s Never by choreographer Dafi Altabeb.
The renowned Israeli choreographer discusses her work in conversation with Emory dance professor Lori Teague on November 18 at Atlanta’s Breman Museum. (Image courtesy the artists)

Dafi Altabeb in Conversation. Award-winning Israeli choreographer and dancer Dafi Altabeb discusses her work in conversation with Emory dance professor Lori Teague. November 18 at 7 p.m. Breman Museum.


HISTORY

Kent Alexander, Kevin Salwen, and Bert Roughton: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle. The authors Kent Alexander, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia at the time of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games; Kevin Salwenm former The Wall Street Journal columnist and an editor who ran Southeastern coverage for the paper during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games; and Bert Roughton, who worked for 37 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discuss their new book about Richard Jewell and the 1996 Olympic Bombing. November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Atlanta History Center.


Gladys Knight in 1969. The legendary singer performs at the Rialto November 10.

MUSIC

Gladys Knight. The legendary singer performs a one-night only concert at downtown Atlanta’s Rialto Theatre. November 10 at 6 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

The Little Match Girl Passion. Atlanta choral ensemble Kinnara performs composer David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Little Match Girl Passion. November 15-16. MINT Gallery.

Akhnaten. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its new production of Phillip Glass’ 1983 masterpiece directed by Phelim McDermott featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. November 23 at 1 p.m. Area movie theaters.

Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. Music Director Robert Spano conducts Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8, which convenes more than a thousand performers on stage, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Morehouse College Glee Club, Spelman College Glee Club Vocals, and Gwinnett Young Singers along with featured vocalists Evelina Dobračeva, Erin Wall, Nicole Cabell, Michelle DeYoung, Kelley O’Connor, Toby Spence, Russell Braun, and Morris Robinson. November 14-16. Symphony Hall.

La Cenerentola. Atlanta Opera presents a production of Rossini’s bel canto retelling of the Cinderella story. The Alexander Report previewed the show for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through November 11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.


BOOKS

Christine Coulson: Metropolitan Stories. Author Christine Coulson discusses her new novel which imagines the voices of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the staff, the artwork, and the many ghosts of the past. November 4 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.

Ta-Nahisi Coates, The Water Dancer. The renowned Between the World and Me author discusses his debut novel The Water Dancer with Atlanta’s Tayari Jones. November 5 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Claudia Rankine. Award-winning poet and essayist Claudia Rankine delivers the 2019 series of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University. November 7-9. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

The Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. The two-week event kicks off with pre-festival events beginning October 26. Festival begins October 30 and runs through November 18, with appearances along the way by mother and daughter co-authors Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The Alexander Report previewed the festival for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through November 18. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

An Evening with David Sedaris. The bestselling author and humorist presents his new book Calypso. November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.


ONGOING:

VISUAL ART

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. A traveling exhibition takes a broad look at Mann’s work across the last four decades. Louis Corrigan writes about the significance and impact of Mann’s images for The Alexander Report. Through February 2. High Museum.

Rory Doyle: Delta Hill Riders. An exhibition shows photographs by Rory Doyle of African-American cowboys and cowgirls in the Mississippi Delta. Through November 23. Hudgens Center for Art & Learning.

Fine Lines: American Works on Paper. A new exhibition celebrates a recent gift to the High of 50 late nineteenth-century drawings from Atlanta collector Paul Stein. Through March 22. High Museum.

Namwon Choi: Blue Distant. Sandler Hudson shows new work by Savannah-based artist Namwon Choi. Through November 30. Sandler Hudson.

Sally Mann: Remembered Light & Landscapes. Concurrent with the High exhibition, Jackson Fine Art shows Mann’s 2016 series Remembered Light, as well as select southern landscapes spanning the artist’s career. Through December 21. Jackson Fine Art.

Sweet Ride: Nancy Marshall & John McWilliams. A new exhibition shows works by Nancy Marshall and John McWilliams exploring the Low Country Travelers, an African American car club in the South Carolina town of McClellanville. Through November 30. Atlanta Photography Group.

Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor: Monoliths. The Chicago-based artist opens a solo show of his large-scale printed portrait photographs of black youth coated in paint, mud, footprints, and other substances. Through February 7. Arnika Dawkins Gallery.

InstallMINT. Jessica Helfrecht curates new site-specific installations by Ashton Bird, In Kyoung Chun, Brittney Hart, Megan C. Mosholder, Leisa Rich, Brittany Watkins, and Elise Williams. Through November 8. MINT Gallery.

Minor White, Unburdened. A new exhibition features works by renowned photographer Minor White alongside a selection of photographs by contemporaries and friends including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Rose Mandel. Through December 15. Carlos Museum.

Davion Alston: The Literal is Unimaginative. The German-born Georgia artist presents his first solo show. Through November 2. Day & Night Projects.

Dreamscape and TRACES. Thomas Deans Fine Art hosts two concurrent exhibitions: Dreamscape, an installation featuring video and photography by Mary Anne Mitchell, and TRACES, a group show featuring work by Allison B. Cooke, Carl Linstrum, and Eileen Braun. Through November 9. Thomas Deans Fine Art.

Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis. A new exhibition shows the work of self-taught Los Angeles-based shoe designer Chris Francis, whose creations combine street style with diverse influences including Bauhaus architecture and the DIY spirit of punk rock. Through December 8. SCADFash Museum of Fashion + Film.

Henri Dauman: Looking Up. Atlanta’s Breman Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of renowned photojournalist Henri Dauman, who photographed some of the most iconic figures of the 20th century including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, the Kennedys and many others. Through December 30. Breman Museum.

“Something over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series. The High Museum presents the first exhibition to reassemble Romare Bearden’s late-career Profile series of images of people and places from his past. Through February 2. High Museum.

Warhol and the West. The first exhibition of its kind considers Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with the American West. Through December 31. Booth Western Art Museum.

A Route Campagne: Impressionist Works from the Melamed Family. A new exhibition features more than 35 works by late 19th and early 20th-century impressionists donated to Oglethorpe University over the past ten years by the Melamed family of Atlanta. The show includes paintings, drawings and prints by Bonnard, Boudin, Cézanne, Chagall, Corot, Matisse, Montézin, Pissarro, Renoir, and others. Through December 15. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Through a Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt. A major new exhibition considers the form, function, and meaning of allegorical prints produced in the Low Countries during the 16th and 17th centuries. Through December 1. Carlos Museum.

The Call of Water. Atlanta photographer Rose M. Barron presents an outdoor photography installation based around the theme of water. Through November 4. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Romare Bearden. A new exhibition shows works by the renowned 20th-century artist. Through November 9. Alan Avery Art Company.

Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years. A new exhibition considers the work made by Atlanta artist and Spelman professor Mildred Thompson between 1986 and her death in 2003. Through December 7. Spelman Museum.

Passage. Kai Lin Art presents new work by Atlanta-based artists Larry Jens Anderson, Steven L. Anderson, Hannah Adair, and Chattanooga-based artist Marc Boyson. Through November 15. Kai Lin Art.

Alex Katz: Coca-Cola Girl. A new Atlanta gallery opens with an exhibition of prints from acclaimed painter Alex Katz’s 2018 series depicting women from Coca-Cola advertisements. Through November 16. Maune Contemporary

THEATER

Wicked. A new touring version of the popular Broadway musical, a prequel to the action of The Wizard of Oz, arrives at the Fox Theatre for a special three-week run. The Alexander Report will review for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through November 17. Fox Theatre.

Cirque du Soleil: Volta. Cirque du Soleil presents its new show Volta under the big top at Atlantic Station. The Alexander Report reviewed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Through January 5. Atlantic Station.

Frankenstein’s Funeral. Found Stages presents a new immersive theatrical production based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through November 3. St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Jekyll & Hyde. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of the 1997 Broadway musical loosely based on the classic book by Robert Louis Stevenson. Through November 3. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Marietta.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Horizon Theatre presents a new production of the Olivier and Tony-winning play based on Mark Haddon’s 2003 mystery novel about an autistic teenager searching for the killer of his neighbor’s dog. Through October 27. Horizon Theatre.

Safety Net. Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio’s new play centers on the effect of the opioid crisis on a family in small town Alabama. Through November 10. Theatrical Outfit.

HISTORY

Traveling the Silk Road. A traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History brings to life the Silk Road, which brought goods, technology, and culture from China through the cities and empires of central Asia into Europe. Through January 5. Fernbank Museum.

Any Great Change: The Centennial of the 19th Amendment. A new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House considers the history of women’s suffrage, with a special emphasis on Georgia women, including Emily C. MacDougald and her daughter, Emily Inman, owner of Swan House.  Through January 31. Atlanta History Center.

KID STUFF

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow. Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head in this comedic puppet version of the famous Washington Irving short story by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine. For kids ages four and up. Through November 3. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Woodland Spirits. Ghostly figures created by Atlanta sculptor Laura Lewis inhabit the woods of Fernbank Forest. Through November 17. Fernbank Museum.

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious. A new exhibition inspired by H. A. and Margaret Rey’s classic children’s books allows kids to explore science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play. Through January 5. Children’s Museum of Atlanta.


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