July’s Best Bets

The Alexander Report picks Atlanta’s top events

July 1, 2019

Featured image: Renegade’s Funeral, Detroit from Bikeriders by Danny Lyon at Jackson Fine Art in July.

From a last chance to see masterpieces by Van Gogh to a wonderland in the garden, from dance at the High to a quiet Rolling Stone at the movies, July is gearing up with great things to see and do around the city.

Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Road Menders is part of the exhibition European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection at the High Museum. (Courtesy High Museum)

European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection. Through July 14. High Museum.
You have until mid-July to see this traveling exhibition of 75 works from the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and many others. The galleries are open late on Friday, July 5; there’s a special patron member closing cocktail party on July 11; and museum admission is free on the final day, Sunday, July 14.


Danny Lyon, Ronnie and Cheri, La Porte, Indiana, The Bikeriders Portfolio (Courtesy Jackson Fine Art)

Danny Lyon: Bikeriders. July 12-August 31. Jackson Fine Art.
Jackson Fine Art shows prints from Danny Lyon’s Bikeriders portfolio, for which the renowned New York-based photojournalist followed the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle gang for four years in the mid-1960s. “In my America, people were all different, they were handsome, and everything around them was beautiful,” the photographer recently told Photo District News. “And most of all, they were free … That is what unites everything I have done. And the first person that has to be free is me.” Also on view in the gallery will be dreamy landscapes by Oakland-based artist Terri Loewenthal and classic works by Ansel Adams.


Alice Walker’s birth home in Eatonton, Georgia (Image courtesy Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce)

Alice Walker’s 75th Birthday Celebration. July 13. Eatonton, Georgia.
Alice Walker herself is slated to attend the festivities as the town of Eatonton, Georgia, the birthplace of the renowned author of The Color Purple, salutes the writer on her 75th birthday. The busy day of events includes Alice Walker-themed tours of the Eatonton area; a screening of the documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth; writers Pearl Cleage, Tayari Jones, Evelyn C. White, and others paying tribute to Walker at a reading; and a culminating talk at Eatonton’s Plaza Arts Center between Alice Walker and Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker’s forthcoming journals.


Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland. Through October 27. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Imaginary Worlds, the popular exhibition of giant plant sculptures at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, takes as its theme this year Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, featuring new topiary based on the classic book at both the Midtown and Gainesville gardens. To avoid the heat, head there on Thursday evenings when the garden is open until 9:30 p.m. for Cocktails in the Garden.


The Quiet One. Opens July 5. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Director Oliver Murray’s new documentary focuses on the life  and work of Rolling Stones founding member and bassist Bill Wyman, often known to the world as “the quiet one” for his subdued role in “the world’s greatest rock band.” Critic Steve Murray reviews for The Alexander Report.


Lucinda Bunnen, Saca and Vandals, 2019 archival pigment print, 30 x 20 inches (Courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery)

Artist Talk: Lucinda Bunnen. July 21 at 11 a.m. Marcia Wood Gallery.
Renowned Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen discusses her latest series of photographs entitled A Spring Walk in My Woods, currently on view at Marcia Wood Gallery. For the past 25 years, Bunnen, now in her 90th year, almost daily walks a path through the woods behind her home in all seasons and most weather. With the new photographic series, she shows the many sides of spring she’s observed. I visited Lucinda at her home to discuss the new images.


Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout in the film To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, will visit the Fox Theatre for a special screening of the classic film on July 14.

To Kill a Mockingbird. July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
The Fox Theatre screens the Oscar-winning 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. As with any great work, context and meaning change with time, so it will be especially interesting to hear from actress Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout Finch in the film. Badham will visit the Fox for a special question and answer session before the film at the Marquee Club for pass holders. Visit the event site for details.


Recent Drawings. Through August 31. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
Sandler Hudson shows new works by a dream team of four contemporary Atlanta artists: Krista Clark, William Downs, Yanique Norman, and Rocío Rodríguez.


Houdini in Early Cinema. July 14 at 2 p.m. Breman Museum.
In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, historian John Cox will discuss Harry Houdini’s career in early cinema with rare photos and film clips.


East Texas Hot Links. July 6-August 11. Southwest Arts Center.
True Colors Theatre presents a new production of Eugene Lee’s 1994 Pulitzer-nominated play East Texas Hot Links about a group of locals who gather at Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe in an isolated town in the piney hills of East Texas during the Jim Crow era.


Loss Cat by R. Land

A visit to R. Land’s studio with Idea Capital. July 28 at 4 p.m. Inman Park.
Great event, great cause. Enjoy a party and tour of the longtime Inman Park studio of “the godfather of Atlanta street art,” Ronnie Land, aka R. Land, whose creations have memorably popped up around the city over the past three decades. Proceeds from ticket sales support Idea Capital, a grassroots organization founded to help Atlanta arts with project-based grants. 


Supple Means of Connection. July 27-September 8. High Museum.
When Van Gogh departs, the dancers take over. At the end of the month, Atlanta dance company glo begins a new durational work at the High Museum in the galleries currently occupied by European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection. It’s the High’s first foray into curating and exhibiting a durational performance presented in its galleries during opening hours, just like an exhibition. Color us curious. Preview July 25. Opening July 27.