One of the most beloved and defended places to admire art in the city, WR is known for supporting emerging artists before they’ve usually had a chance anywhere else. The organization behind the gallery has long been an advocate of social change presented in art, which is apparent in their current exhibit “A Bad Question: An Exhibition and Forum on Race + Feminism,” presented by ATL-based think tank Smoke School of Art, and NYC’s feminist outfit tART Collective.
The city’s Office of Cultural Affairs runs this municipally owned gallery, where the theme is always locals-first. They’ve hosted shows like “The Art of Organized Noize,” in which shots taken by premiere hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion and artifacts from the original Dungeon studio were displayed. They also allow and encourage exploration of heavy topics like human trafficking, and civil/human rights.
As part of Georgia State University, the Rialto is a performing arts center where live acts entertain residents and visitors of downtown Atlanta, and is part of the monthly First Thursdays Artwalk from 5-8pm. The first floor is where you can find visual arts from folks like Julio Mejia, a respected Latin artist whose “Darkness Breaching” show featured the application of archival oil, solvent, ink and chemicals to create color choices that translate into emotional interpretations of war, childhood, and the like.