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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

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Call: (404) 688-1970 or visit www.atlantacontemporary.org
An essential stop for anyone interested in smartly curated contemporary artwork by a variety of regional, national and international artists. The annual Art Party in early fall is a must-attend.

Open Studios: Studio Artist Program

Thursday May 23, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Open Studios spotlights the artists in our Studio Artist Program. This event is one of three nights a year where we invite you to join us and meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection. 

Who Will Be In Attendance

Open Studios supports our vision to ...
Cost: Free - $35

Open Studios: Studio Artist Program

Thursday May 23, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Open Studios spotlights the artists in our Studio Artist Program. This event is one of three nights a year where we invite you to join us and meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection. 

Who Will Be In Attendance

Open Studios supports our vision to ...
Cost: Free - $35

Contemporary Kids - May 26, 2019

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Join us in welcoming artist Makiko Maekawa for another family friendly Contemporary Kids program. Makiko will be teaching kids how they can use a variety of objects, paint, and paper to create contemporary works of art. RSVP with the link above or click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contemporary-ki...
Cost: Free with RSVP

Movement Love: A Yoga Series

Sunday May 19, 2019 10:30 am EDT
Atlanta Contemporary presents Movement Love, a yoga series presented by Maggie Benoit and collaborating audio and visual artists. Stay tuned for the collaborating artist for May.

Admission is $10

All money received will go to each collaborating artists. Visitors can purchase tickets on the da...
Cost: $8 - $10

Curator Tour

Saturday May 11, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Join curator Daniel Fuller for an in-depth discussion of our current exhibitions. Learn more about exhibitions from William J. O'Brien and Erin Jane Nelson; plus explore new exhibitions from Tony Cokes, Kambel Smith, and Y. Malik Jalal. Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You c...
Cost: Free with RSVP

William J O'Brien: Shame Spiral

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
May 9, 2019 - August 4, 2019 There is no dress code inside the tent. No choir, nor a bulletin. But the congregation is energetic and fully participatory. Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist… this is a place to reach the lost, those with tender hearts. Under the big top is a transient group who hav...
Cost: Free with Registration and RSVP

Erin Jane Nelson: Her Deepness

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
May 9, 2019 - August 4, 2019 In the recent debate over the “national emergency” to build part of the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said that he feared today’s border security emergency could lead to Democrats using the same tactic for climate change. This was seen a...
Cost: Free with Registration and RSVP to event

Contemporary Cocktails: Exhibition Openings

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Celebrate the openings of the new exhibitions and project spaces. Atlanta Contemporary is pleased to present William J. O’Brien’s Shame Spiral and Erin Jane Nelson’s Her Deepness. Also opening are exhibitions from Tony Cokes, Kambel Smith in Contemporary On-Site, and Y Malik Jalal in Sliver Space. ...
Cost: Free with RSVP

Kambel Smith

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
A collaboration between Institute 193 (1B) and the Elaine de Kooning House, East Hampton, New York For the Atlanta Contemporary’s on:Site Space, Philadelphia–based artist Kambel Smith creates a temporary cardboard panorama that conflates ideas of space, bringing Atlanta’s architectural landmarks i...
Cost: Free with Registration and RSVP to event

Tony Cokes: Evil.27 Selma

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
May 9, 2019 - June 16, 2019 The video work of Providence–based artist Tony Cokes examines the weight of visible evidence. In a visual deconstruction of animated text floating on one-color slides, the deadpan presentation Evil.27: Selma borrows text from the Selma, Alabama collective Our Literal Sp...
Cost: Free with Registration and RSVP to opening event

Exhibition Openings

Thursday May 9, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Celebrate the openings of exhibitions, featuring the newest slate of contemporary artists to furnish Atlanta Contemporary. We are pleased to show William J. O'Brien's Shame Spiral and Erin Jane Nelson's Her Deepness. Also opening are exhibitions from Tony Cokes, Kambel Smith in Contemporary On-Site,...
Cost: Free with RSVP

Fashion in Bloom

Wednesday May 1, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
Dream Warriors Foundation presents Fashion In Bloom, a celebration of creative expression, bringing together local designers/makers who are moving the art of slow fashion forward with the local dreamie community in a unique fashion show experience. Designers include Meghan Huntz, Jazz Ivanna, Nake...
Cost: $12 - $15

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Wednesday May 1, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Join other Young Professional members of Atlanta Contemporary for a special happy hour at Whitespace Gallery in Inman Park. Whitespace gallery is located in the backyard of Owner and Curator Susan Bridges’ beautiful Victorian house off Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park. Guests will enter the courtyard...
Cost: Free for members

Threshold New Play Festival: Mercy Me

Thursday April 11, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Doors: 6 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Actor’s Express for the Threshold New Play Festival, a lineup of Atlanta and Georgia-based writers who are also making a mark on the national scene.

Come check out why Atlanta is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities in America for new plays! This is a ...
Cost: Free

Mercy Me

Thursday April 11, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
MERCY ME by Daryl Fazio is the second play reading in the Threshold New Play Festival. These plays are written exclusively by Atlanta and Georgia-based writers who are also making a mark on the national scene. Come check out why Atlanta is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities in America for...
Cost: Free

Threshold New Play Festival: Lady of the House

Thursday April 11, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Presented by Actor's Express:

Join us in welcoming Actor’s Express for the Threshold New Play Festival, a lineup of Atlanta and Georgia-based writers who are also making a mark on the national scene.

Come check out why Atlanta is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities in America for new p...
Cost: Free

Mark Starling

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00 am EDT
How often are you able to gaze into eternity? To lie face up in your go-to-meetin’ finery, walls snug around us, eyes up to an endless horizon of cakey burial soil. If funerals are for the living, caskets are a reminder that life continues after death, that passage to the afterlife must be made in s...
Cost: Free

Shikeith

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00 am EDT
notes towards becoming a spill is a break sweating in blues spilling truths erecting sites of reconciliation where Black men’s expressions become revised to stretch past the margins of the American consciousness, or where Black men’s truths trickle to elicit the process of becoming. In late 2018 S...
Cost: Free

Mixologist-in-Residence: Trey Ledbetter

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Atlanta Contemporary welcomes a local bartender to become the Mixologist-in-Residence – here we invite the purveyors of Atlanta’s cocktail culture to share their story – over a finely crafted drink – with our audiences.

BIO Trey Ledbetter

Trey Ledbetter brings the kitchen to the bar by creating co...
Cost: Free

Craig Drennen

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Bandit Roll/Chimney Hole Without fail each holiday season brings a new crop of “bad Santa” stories. Red-suited, holly-jolly misanthropics descend on our malls making promises through their scratchy fake beards of extravagant gifts and acts of wonder. Sure, there are some standout Santas, but many ...
Cost: Free

Young Professionals Meet Up: Goat Farm Open Studios & Spring Sale

Friday April 5, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Join other Young Professional members of Atlanta Contemporary for a special meet up at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Go behind-the-scenes and meet their resident makers, artists, craft and trades people, engineers, and more. A complete list of studios with artists and creatives who have affiliations ...
Cost: Free

Member Meet Up | Goat Farm Open Studios

Friday April 5, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Join other Young Professionals Network of Atlanta Contemporary members for a special meet up at The Goat Farm Arts Center. Go behind-the-scenes and meet their resident makers, artists, craft and trades people, engineers, and more. A complete list of studios with artists and creatives who have affi...
Cost: Free with registration

Threshold New Play Festival: Bathroom Business

Thursday April 4, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Join us in welcoming Actor’s Express for the Threshold New Play Festival, a lineup of Atlanta and Georgia-based writers who are also making a mark on the national scene. Come check out why Atlanta is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities in America for new plays! This is a FREE event. Plea...
Cost: Free

Contemporary Kids - March 31, 2019

Sunday March 31, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Join us in welcoming artist Makiko Maekawa for another family friendly Contemporary Kids program. Makiko will be teaching kids how they can use a variety of objects, paint, and paper to create contemporary works of art.

RSVP with the link above or click here.

BIO Makiko Maekawa

Makiko believes k...
Cost: Free

Liquid Blackness: (A) Black Lineage of the Music Art Video

Thursday March 28, 2019 06:30 pm EDT
On Thursday, March 28 liquid blackness, a research group on blackness and aesthetics from the Moving Image Studies doctoral program at Georgia State University, will host a conversation on “(A) Black Lineage of the Music Art Video” during Contemporary Cocktails at Atlanta Contemporary. Faculty fou...
Cost: Free

Kevin Cole

Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Join artist Kevin Cole for a talk on his piece When My Scars are my Testimony, currently on view on our Atrium Mural Wall until July 28, 2019.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.

This is ...
Cost: Free

TTTHURSDAY with YNPN

Thursday March 21, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Presented by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network:

Our Mixologist-in-Residence will be providing specialty cocktails for the month of March. Cash/card bar.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant b...
Cost: Free

ColorATL + Meet the Artists: An Adult Coloring Night

Thursday March 14, 2019 06:00 pm EDT
Presented by ColorATL:

Join us for a free and interactive adult coloring workshop presented by ColorATL.

Meet select artists from Volume I + Volume II.

SCHEDULE:  6p Doors + Bar with Contemporary Cocktails 6:30 Coloring and Intro by ColorATL  7p Meet the Artists - Yoyo Ferro and Brooke Powell

...
Cost: Free

Moment Love

Sunday March 10, 2019 11:30 am EDT
Atlanta Contemporary presents Movement Love, a yoga series presented by Maggie Benoit and collaborating audio and visual artists. The collaborating artist this month is JD Walsh of Shy Layers.

Admission is $10

All money received will go to each collaborating artists. Visitors can purchase tic...
Cost: $10

2019 Atlanta Biennial: Women's Panel Discussion

Saturday March 9, 2019 12:00 pm EST
Join us for an afternoon of discussion with the female artists Joy Drury Cox, Jiha Moon, and Jill Frank, each featured in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial. This event will also feature a guest moderator, Dr. Jordan Amirkhani. Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot ...
Cost: Free

Discrit: Talks, Natural Selection: A Conversation About Curating

Thursday March 7, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Join us for Discrit:Talks, a free art education initiative spanning lectures, screenings, workshops, and panels designed to foster lively conversation and speculation about contemporary art and culture This installment is entitled Natural Selection: A Conversation About Curating. A diverse cross-s...
Cost: Free

Avantgarte

Thursday February 28, 2019 05:00 pm EST
A collective consciousness of empathy & understanding is needed now more than ever. Engaging hearts & minds on today’s most pressing social issues is the first step towards a more equitable future. AVANTGARTE unites a community of passionate doers around contemporary art, music & conversation in o...
Cost: Free

Contemporary Cocktails: Work-Life-Well

Thursday February 14, 2019 07:00 pm EST
A conversation about how lady movers and shakers take on work, life, and wellness. Moderated by Porsha Thomas and Sydia Bell. Featuring Tricia Hersey and Dr. Nicole Cabrera Salazar.
Cost: Free

2019 Atlanta Biennial

Monday February 11, 2019 11:00 am EST
January 17, 2019 – April 7, 2019 This is not an exhibition from a hindered view obstructed by glass, but a view forged by a lasting commitment to go, look, and see. Art has never been confined to the realm of museums, galleries, artist studios, or any other dedicated spaces that collectively conta...
Cost: Free

Robert Beatty, Suspended Passthrough

Monday February 11, 2019 11:00 am EST
January 17, 2019 – March 3, 2019 Robert Beatty repurposes the tools of outmoded technology, creating hybridized drawings, videos, sculptures, music, and installations that blur sensory boundaries. In his visual world, the lines between the artificial and organic are almost completely eliminated, a...
Cost: Free

Those Winter Sundays: Poetry Reading by Masud Olufani

Saturday February 9, 2019 02:00 pm EST
Studio Artist Masud Olufani joins us to recite Those Winter Sundays, a poem by Robert Hayden, and a selection of his own poems. Olufani will discuss themes of Hayden’s poems and how they impact Olufani’s piece Those Winter Sundays: Elegy for Robert Hayden, 1989, currently on view on our Studio Artis...
Cost: Free

Contemporary Kids - January 27, 2019

Sunday January 27, 2019 12:00 pm EST
Join us in welcoming artist Makiko Maekawa for another family friendly Contemporary Kids program. Makiko will be teaching kids how they can use a variety of objects, paint, and paper to create contemporary works of art.
Cost: Free

Grant Writing 101

Saturday January 26, 2019 11:00 am EST
Are you an arts administrator or individual artist seeking financial support for your organization or project? Join us for a grant writing workshop designed to teach you the basics of submitting a grant proposal to fund your big idea! This workshop is presented by Atlanta Contemporary and C4 Atlan...
Cost: $35

TTTHURSDAY with Junior League of Atlanta

Thursday January 24, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Every Third Thursday enjoy people, drinks, art, and "MUSIC YOU NEED" provided by DJ Extremely Michael at Atlanta Contemporary. This installment of TTTHURSDAY is in partnership with Junior League of Atlanta. Mixologist-in-Residence Trip Sandifer will be providing his specialty cocktails for the month...
Cost: Free

Color ATL + Meet the Artists - January 24, 2019

Thursday January 24, 2019 06:00 pm EST
Join us for a free and interactive adult coloring workshop presented by ColorATL.

Meet select artists from Volume I + Volume II. 

SCHEDULE:  6p Doors + Bar with Contemporary Cocktails 6:30 Coloring and Intro by ColorATL  7p Meet the Artists

Cost: Free

Movement Love with Nap Ministry

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:30 am EST
Atlanta Contemporary presents “Movement Love,” a yoga series that introduces movement programming alongside collaborating audio and visual artists. Installations and interactive media define curated classes that blend movement with live projection, music, film, therapeutic resources and conversation...
Cost: $10

Curator Tour: 2019 Atlanta Biennial

Saturday January 19, 2019 11:00 am EST
Join our curator, Daniel Fuller, for an in-depth discussion of our current exhibitions. Learn more about the Atlanta Biennial, featuring twenty artists from across the south; plus explore our new exhibitions from Tyler Beard, Robert Beatty, and Howard's Art Gallery. Parking is free in the lot at B...
Cost: Free

2019 Atlanta Biennial: Reception

Thursday January 17, 2019 07:00 pm EST
Join us for a first look at the 2019 Atlanta Biennial. Twenty artists from across the southeast share their voice through visual arts, television, fiber arts, music and sound. The exhibition A thousand tomorrows aims to address complexities and deep vernacular traditions of the Southeast. Mix and mi...
Cost: Free w/ RSVP

Tyler Beard: Beachcomber

Thursday January 17, 2019 06:00 pm EST
Solo Exhibition from Artist Tyler Beard
Cost: Free

Mixologist-in-Residence: Trip Standifer

Thursday January 17, 2019 06:00 pm EST
Atlanta Contemporary welcomes a local bartender to become the Mixologist-in-Residence – here we invite the purveyors of Atlanta’s cocktail culture to share their story – over a finely crafted drink – with our audiences.

January 17th - January 31st 2019

Cost: Free

Kevin Cole, When Scars are my Testimony

Thursday January 17, 2019 11:00 am EST
Solo Exhibition from Artist Kevin Cole
Cost: Free

Scattered and Smothered

Thursday January 17, 2019 11:00 am EST
Presented by Howard's featuring work by Mo Costello, Alicia Gibson, Becky Kolsrud, Sarah Peters, Joe Sola, and Mitchell Wright
Cost: Free

Contemporary Kids - December 2, 2018

Sunday December 2, 2018 12:00 pm EST
Join us in welcoming artist Makiko Maekawa for another family friendly Contemporary Kids program. Makiko will be teaching kids how they can use a variety of objects, paint, and paper to create contemporary works of art.
Cost: Free with RSVP

Curator Tour Lead by Daniel Fuller

Thursday November 29, 2018 06:00 pm EST
Join our curator, Daniel Fuller, for an in-depth discussion of our current exhibitions. Learn more about the main exhibitions from Charles Harlan? and the group show Vivid Memories of a Blurred Past?, plus explore our new exhibitions from Tom Volkaert?, Hartmut Austen?, and Saige Rowe?.
Cost: Free with RSVP

Open Studios

Thursday November 15, 2018 07:00 pm EST
Open Studios spotlights the artists in our Studio Artist Program. This event is one of three nights a year where we invite you to join us and meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection.
Cost: General Admission: $10, Students: $5 (Door Only), VIP: $35, Members: Free

Got It For Cheap

Thursday October 25, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Contemporary Cocktails with Got It For Cheap. Join us for a unique shopping experience and a cocktail throw-down with our Mixologist-in-Residence, Cole Tanner.
Cost: Free Admission

How Does the External Shape Shape the Internal Shape

Monday October 1, 2018 11:00 am EDT
Cost: Free

Welch Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series: Leigh Ledare Film Screening

Tuesday September 25, 2018 05:45 pm EDT
Categories: film

Film screening with Q&A Visiting artist and Guggenheim recipient, Leigh Ledare, will screen his recent film, “The Task,” followed by a discussion.

"Twenty-eight strangers shuffle into a nondescript room where they sit down for day three of a radical social experiment orche...
Cost: free

Art Party 2018

Saturday August 25, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Join us for an amazing evening that underwrites Atlanta Contemporary’s vision to remain free admission, every day. Meander throughout the campus – entering at Bankhead Ave. Grab a quick bite at one of our many food stations and wind your way into the Pavilion – mix, mingle, and move forward to enjoy...
Cost: $55

Language of the Birds

Saturday August 25, 2018 11:00 am EDT
Cost: Free

Vivid Memories of a Blurred Past

Saturday August 11, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Cost: Free

Relax, Read, Refresh

Thursday July 5, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Join us for Relax, Read, Refresh in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails. 

Grab a cocktail from our Mixologist-in-Residence, Taylor Bottcher, peruse the curated selection of artist made goods in our SHOP, and meander through our current exhibitions on view. 

Support local artists by purchasin...
Cost: Free

Cinebash

Saturday June 23, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
<br>Step into the world of film with Cinebash, a first-ever film party that celebrates Jewish cinema through multimedia art forms. The celebration blends immersive experiences with food, music, and other production elements for an unforgettable evening. Cinebash extends beyond traditio...
Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door

Thirsty Thursday + Young Professionals Happy Hour

Thursday June 21, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Cost:

Home Is Where the Art Is

Tuesday June 19, 2018 06:30 pm EDT
You are invited to go behind-the-scenes and see some of Atlanta’s best contemporary art collections. This walking tour of the Atlanta City Hall complex will explore its architectural history and artistic components, events leading to the construction of the two buildings (the Historic Tower and the ...
Cost: Free

RYAN MCLAUGHLIN: Säntis Bindle

Friday June 15, 2018 12:00 am EDT
The surprisable, semi-recognizable is where we find Ryan McLaughlin’s paintings. His subjects are frequently hazy logos and texts floating in shallow, milky pools. We know that we once knew these places and products. It’s all there on the tips of our tongues, our ensemble hypnotically waiting for ne...
Cost: Free

Open Studios: Studio Artist Program

Thursday June 14, 2018 07:00 pm EDT
Cost: $5 - $10

JORDAN STUBBS Buffering in the Danger Zone by Any Means Necessary

Thursday June 14, 2018 12:00 am EDT
Jordan Stubbs (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2014. During that time, he also co-founded the artist-run space, The LOW Museum in the Old Fourth Ward. Jordan spent the next two and a half years as the gallery di...
Cost: Free

Movement Love: a yoga series

Sunday June 10, 2018 10:30 am EDT
Atlanta Contemporary presents “Movement Love,” a yoga series that introduces movement programming alongside collaborating audio and visual artists. Installations and interactive media define curated classes that blend movement with live projection, music, film, therapeutic resources and conversation...
Cost: $10

Mixologist-in-Residence: Cole Just

Thursday June 7, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
Cost: Free

JORDAN STUBBS: Buffering in the Danger Zone by Any Means Necessary

Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:00 am EDT
Jordan Stubbs (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2014. During that time, he also co-founded the artist-run space, The LOW Museum in the Old Fourth Ward. Jordan spent the next two and a half years as the gallery di...
Cost: Free

Ryan McLaughlin Säntis Bindle

Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:00 am EDT
It all started with a drum. Junior congas, flipped over 5-gallon buckets, and the occasional bass drum together creating a bombastic marathon of syncopated percussion, raucous and visceral. The sound is sonorous, full, menacing, as it thunders and rumbles down your spine. Legend has it that bandlead...
Cost: Free

Shy Layers: A Studio 10 Pop Up

Thursday May 31, 2018 08:00 pm EDT
<br>ACAC Studio Artist JD Walsh will perform songs from his audio project Shy Layers in an immersive environment with video and light projection. Performance will last roughly 40 minutes. Audience is invited to bring something comfortable to sit on, relax, and enjoy the show. Performan...
Cost: Free

Color ATL + Meet the Artists - May 31, 2018

Thursday May 31, 2018 06:00 pm EDT
ColorATL, Atlanta’s adult coloring book, combines the power of creative activity with the thriving art culture of Atlanta to benefit those in difficult circumstances. Not only does ColorATL offer a deeper, more interactive look into Atlanta’s artists, but they believe creative activity has the abil...
Cost: Free
535 Means St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 688-1970
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Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM