2023 Atlanta 500: Arts, Sports, & Entertainment

2023 Atlanta 500: Arts, Sports, & Entertainment

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on arts, film, music, entertainment, and sports.
Monument: The Untold Story of Stone Mountain

The Atlanta History Center premieres a new documentary on the history of Stone Mountain

The new 32-minute original documentary, produced by the Atlanta History Center under its new Atlanta History Center Originals banner, premiered Wednesday night at AHC and illustrates the history of the world’s largest confederate monument by tracking the timeline of its birth.
Museum of Design Atlanta exhibit adds another element to the hip-hop art form

Museum of Design Atlanta exhibit adds another element to the hip-hop art form

The installations at the Museum of Design Atlanta’s new exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture, include experimental visualizations, development proposals, facade studies, and building designs. Each riffs off of hip-hop’s methodologies—deejaying, emceeing, b-boy dancing, graffiti, remixing, sampling—to translate hip-hop’s energy into built form.
Renowned designer Stephen Burks brings his novel vision of home furnishings to the High Museum

Renowned designer Stephen Burks brings his novel vision of home furnishings to the High Museum

The pandemic was a time of reckoning for Brooklyn-based industrial designer and educator Stephen Burks, as it was for many. “We were forced to reexamine who we were as people, as a family, as a community,” he says. “We were confronting our domestic laws again.”
“Into Me I See” asks art lovers to look into their dark sides

“Into Me I See” asks art lovers to look into their dark sides

In psychology, the “shadow self” is the part of ourselves that we struggle with and choose to reject—our dark sides, if you will. Fascinated by the concept, Lynne Tanzer, a creative consultant, curated a show for Echo Contemporary Art, located with Guardian Studios, that explores this theme.
Krog Street Tunnel

How the Krog Street Tunnel became a launching pad for a generation of artists

For a graffiti writer, the tunnel—a mishmash of graffiti art, tags, murals, and festival flyers—was the perfect canvas because the bridge provided cover and its concrete pillars framed the artwork. It served as a platform for young artists to prove themselves.
The Mirror Garden brings the impressive work of Monir Farmanfarmaian to the High

The Mirror Garden brings the impressive work of Monir Farmanfarmaian to the High

When guests visit the High Museum exhibit, they can follow a chronological path of Monir Farmanfarmaian’s work. Her stunning mirrored sculptures will be on display—she used a 17th-century Person technique called Āina-kāri, a mirrored mosaic made with paper thin mirrors—but the exhibit goes far beyond that.
Atlanta Indie Bookshop Crawl invites literature lovers to shop local this week

Atlanta Indie Bookshop Crawl invites literature lovers to shop local this week

Drawing inspiration from similar crawls in other cities, Bunnie Hilliard, owner of Brave + Kind Bookshop in Decatur, and her events coordinator, Vania Stoyanova, are encouraging readers of all kinds to get out and support the local bookstores around the metro.

Sloomoo Institute brings slime back into the spotlight: What to know before you go

Sloomoo dubs itself as a “celebration of sensory play.” Glue-based slime is the main attraction, and here, it comes in an endless assortment of textures and colors. Kinetic sand, familiar sounds, and meditative abstract videos provide other methods of well-paced simulation.
For this video project, a vintage MARTA car becomes a performance stage

For this arts project, a vintage MARTA car becomes a performance stage

In the coming months, the NEXT Movement will begin airing a video series featuring brand-new works from five acclaimed local artists, each filmed in a decommissioned vintage MARTA car. Think of NPR's Tiny Desk series, but on MARTA.

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