You couldn’t find a better way to feature the Atlanta’s artistic talents than what the High Museum of Art is doing.
The High’s new exhibition, “Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn from Atlanta,” will be on display June 1 through Sept. 29 and will feature the works of six Atlanta-based artists.
The theme of the works in this exhibition addresses issues related to place, belonging and heritage, High spokeswoman Marci Tate Davis said. The featured artists are Jessica Caldas, Yehimi Cambrón, Xie Caomin, Wihro Kim, Dianna Settles and Cosmo Whyte.
This marks the third in the “Origins and Belonging” exhibition series at the High, which began in 2013 with “Drawing Inside the Perimeter,” followed two years later by “Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines,” which featured artistic works by metro Atlanta artists around the metro area, as well as in other Georgia municipalities.
Compelled by the ongoing national debate and dialogue around immigration reform, this third iteration of the Atlanta-based drawing project includes artists whose diverse perspectives and personal experiences represent world views.
These views, however, are enriched by the cultural heritage and bond these artists share as members of this diverse creative Atlanta community of artists.
“Of Origins and Belonging” considers the ways foreign-born citizens, residents and their children or grandchildren contribute to Atlanta’s growing population.
According to Michael Rooks, the High’s curator of modern and contemporary art, conversations in Atlanta about social justice, racial bias or invisibility and the trauma of being “othered” are often framed in terms of black and white.
“Of course, these conditions affect many of Atlanta’s thriving immigrant communities, from members of the African diaspora to people of Asian and Latin American descent,” he said. “With this exhibition, we aim to shed light on how artists’ work is a mode of exchange, mirroring the transnational exchange of people, ideas and values that is at the heart of American immigration, and so vital to our cities thriving economy, diverse cultural landscape and burgeoning arts scene.”
Participating artists Caomin and Whyte immigrated to this country as adults.
Admission to the exhibition is included with the High’s regular ticket prices, which are $14.50 for ages 6 and older and free for museum members and children under 6. For more information, visit www.high.org.