Rich, deep and diverse – Atlanta’s art scene is an irresistible magnet, attracting art devotees the world over. Here. Courtesy of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, are some prime venues:
– Exerting the most gravitational pull, perhaps, is the High Museum of Art, home to American and European master works, as well as folk and 20th Century creations. This museum more than holds its own against the great galleries of Europe and New York.
– Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, better known as The Contemporary, is a harbor for the work of some of the country’s most cutting edge artists. If you’re looking to save a bit of money take in The Contemporary on Thursdays. On that day exhibitions are free then and the center is open till 8 p.m.
– Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries gathers in one of the country’s premier collections of African American art. Be sure to take some time to delve into the depths of the Art of the Negro murals by Hale Woodruff.
– The buzz about the Museum of Design Atlanta is The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge. This is an amalgam of a show – part competition and part exhibition. The idea here is to team the creations of interior space designers with folks who create actual objects. The show runs at MODA through March 31.
– Thursdays are the time to unpack a pair of comfortable shoes and head out about town for a First Thursdays ArtsWalk. Central and downtown Atlanta is the physical territory for ArtsWalk, the boundaries of your imagination delineate the bigger picture. No tour guides with tiny orange flags lead you through Hotlanta’s hottest galleries. This artistic perambulation is self-guided, and you move along at your own pace.
There are plenty of ways to fly to Atlanta: Delta and Southwest/AirTran are the prime players at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.
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