The December Calendar

Your guide to the best art events in Atlanta
December 2019

Featured image: A scene from the Atlanta Ballet’s new Nutcracker. (Image courtesy Atlanta Ballet)


The Nutcracker. In her November 28 review, Washington Post dance critic Sarah L. Kaufman called the Atlanta Ballet’s new Nutcracker “one of the most entertaining, as well as one of the smartest out there.” December 7-24. Fox Theatre.

SAINT. A new dance work from Atlanta’s all-female troupe Zoetic Dance Ensemble features choreography by Artistic Director Mallory Baxley, music by Xavier Lewis, and visuals from artist Morgen Tanksley and designer Hannah James. December 14 at 4 and 8 p.m. Ambient Plus Studio.


An Evening with Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Stevens Graubart. Famed Atlanta chef and author Nathalie Dupree discusses her latest book in conversation with fellow cookbook author Cynthia Stevens Graubart. December 3 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.


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

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.

Narnia. Serenbe Playhouse presents a new outdoor production of the C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe with book by Jules Tosca, lyrics by Ted Drachman, and music by Thomas Tierney. December 6-January 5. The Inn Barn Serenbe.


Yoyo Ferro: COLOR-FULL. Atlanta artist Yoyo Ferro shows work from 2015 to 2019 at Ponce City Market. Opening December 7 at 6 p.m. Ponce City Market.

A still from Micah and Whitney Stansell’s film Let Light Perpetual. The film will be screened the evenings of December 6 and 7 on the Atlanta BeltLine.
(Courtesy the artists)

Let Light Perpetual. Atlanta artists Micah and Whitney Stansell screen a new film outdoors on the BeltLine East Side trail, December 6-7. Atlanta BeltLine at 725 Ponce.

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. Through May 3. High Museum.

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.



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

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

Ted Collier: Uncircled. The abstract artist has a solo show featuring his circles in vibrant colors alongside other new works. Through January 1. Maune Contemporary.

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.

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. Through March 15. Georgia Museum of Art.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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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