SOMETHING TO SEE: The Georgia Museum of Art exhibit “Collective Impressions: Modern Native American Printmakers” opens on Oct. 16 and runs through Jan. 30. This exhibition examines the individuals, communities and institutions central to elevating printmaking as a medium among Native American artists during the second half of the 20th century. As a nontraditional art form among Indigenous artists, printmaking has continually offered a dynamic means of modernist experimentation, communal engagement and social commentary. The exhibition provides an overview of this history, while also considering concepts like ritual, gender, humor, power, memory and dispossession and exile. Such themes are especially well suited to this paper-based medium.
SOMETHING TO TASTE: Area farmers markets are still going strong each Saturday, including the Athens Downtown Farmers Market, the West Broad Farmers Market, and the Marigold Market in Winterville. The markets are open until mid-December, so take advantage of fresh produce, flowers and wares.
SOMETHING TO HEAR: The UGA Performing Arts Center celebrates its 25th anniversary season with concerts featuring African American musicians at the pinnacles of their chosen fields. “Southern Journey: An Afro-Americana Celebration!” featuring Ranky Tanky and special guest Dom Flemons on Nov. 16 is a double bill of Grammy-winning acts. Ranky Tanky, a Charleston-based band, will be joined by Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, for an evening of jazz, gospel, funk, R&B, and old-time music. More performances of African American artists are scheduled throughout the year.
Also don’t miss the Athens Symphony Orchestra’s free fall concert on Nov. 7 featuring the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Marche Slav, as well as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84 and Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Op. 50. Tickets and masks are required. All appropriate safety protocols will be in place at the Classic Center, with proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or temperature check at the door required to enter.