September Spotlights New Art Exhibits in Atlanta

September brings some powerful art to Atlanta.
Sports fans should not miss the new exhibit at Michael C. Carlos Museum.
See this and many more photos of William Ferris at Margaret Mitchell House.
New MODA exhibit shows how typograpy rules our lives. (Adam J. Kurtz)
You can't really see a new exhibit at the High Museum. Find out why.

Atlanta's favorite museums drew up plans for some fascinating new exhibits, all opening in September. 

What a Catch!

For sports fans, there's nothing better than an impossible catch or a buzzer beater. Any sports fan should love the exhibit, "And Something Magical Happened," at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The photos of Walter Iooss may have you cheering from the gallery. It opens Sept. 2 and runs through Jan. 7, 2018.

Finding the South

An exhibit of photographs, “The South in Color,” the works of William Ferris, opens at Atlanta History Center’s Margaret Mitchell House on Sept. 16 and runs through Nov. 26. The 49 images on display share the name of the photographer’s book of the same name, a work that was lauded for its intimate portrayal of African-American and white Southerners living their daily lives.

One example is the photo (above) of Louvennia Willis and Nora, a neighbor's child, in Crystal Springs, Miss., 1974.

“To find the South is an elusive task, and photography is the tool I use for that search,” Ferris said. “My photographs track the region through its landscape, buildings and people. They deliver an intimate personal encounter with people and their community. If we can discover the universe in a grain of sand, we can surely parse the American South in a photograph.”

Both the exhibition and an Oct. 10 artist talk are part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the 19th annual citywide festival presenting more than 100 events and exhibitions across the metro area mainly during October.

Typography Rules Our Lives

Cave dwellers drew symbols on cave walls. Today, we text. An exhibit opening at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) on Sept. 17 considers typographic expression as the primary means by which we communicate and connect with one another. “Text Me: How We Live in Language” explores how we use typography to visualize our personal stories across a wide variety of media in nearly every moment of our lives, from social networking to tattoos to way-finding signage to fine art, fast moving consumer goods, clothing, household goods and decoration.

The original exhibition was curated by internationally renowned designer, writer, podcaster and brand strategist Debbie Millman. The exhibit runs through Feb. 4.

Can’t See This Exhibit

Opening Sept. 9 (and running through March 4, 2018) at the High Museum of Art, an exhibit by photographer Amy Elkins takes a (blurred) look at solitary confinement. Called “Black is the Day, Black is the Night,” the exhibition includes six distorted portraits of U.S. prison inmates either serving on death row or serving life sentences.  Due to prison rules and restrictions, Elkins could not get current photographs of the prisoners, so she worked from pre-incarceration photos. As is probably apt for these inmates, the photographs -- blurry at best -- depict anonymous people.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.