Immersive Exhibition, “What Is Left Unspoken, Love” Opens In Atlanta

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Love is the most powerful emotion of the human experience. By experience, love is abundant, but by explanation, love becomes unexplainable, yet, understood.

What Is Left Unspoken, Love is a new, thematic exhibition curated by The High Museum of Art Atlanta that features nearly seventy contemporary artworks that examines the multitude of ways to express love. This latest installation explores Love’s nuance through self, community, romance, spirit, friendship and family.


Love for a significant other is the most publicly recognized form of Love; an unexplainable emotional connection between two parties. In a cosmic dance of spirits depicted in stereotypical Romeo and Juliet, Rose and Jack fashion, The Two, is the exhibits explanation of what it means to be in love with someone.


The phrase “It Takes A Village” stems from an African proverb rooted in the growth and prosperity of ones community. In this exhibition, communal love is in spired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of society based on justice, equality, and brotherly love in which a love ethic encompasses relationships between friends, comrades, and community for the common good.


The “Love Supreme” portion of the exhibit refers to the ultimate embodiment of love in the notion of God, divinity, and the pursuit of wisdom. Giving spectators a unique perspective of heir place amongst others, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s immersive, interactive installation “Pulse Room” (2006) visually reminds spectators of one another’s spiritual existence.

“What Is Left Unspoken, Love“, again, includes nearly 70 works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other mixed-medium displays by more than 35 diverse and multigenerational artists based in Europe, North America, and Asia.

This exhibition is on display at The High Museum of Art Atlanta from March 25th through August 14, 2022.

Tickets and access to this exhibit can be purchased online at The High Museum of Art Atlanta.

Arts Cited
Cover Image: Rina Banerjee (Indian, born 1963), Take me, take me, take me ... to the Palace of love, 2005, Reynolds Wrap, copper, steel, brass, semiprecious stones, Bakelite, Styrofoam, archival tape, feathers, wood, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist. ©Rina Banerjee. Photo by We Document Art.

A) Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, born1957, Guáimaro, Cuba; died1996, Miami,FL), PerfectLovers,1987-1990, wall clocks, Dallas Museum of Art, fractional gift of The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas. © FelixGonzalez-Torres, courtesy of The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation.

B) RongRong&inri (Chinese, born 1968; Japanese, born 1973),detail from In Fujisan, Japan, 2001, gelatin silver print, from a set of sixteen, collection of Charles Jing. ©RongRong&inri. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

C) Alanna Fields (American, born 1990), detail from
Our Love Was Deeply Purple, 2021,
pigment prints mounted on museum board, encaustic on panel, courtesy of the artist. © Alanna Fields. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

A) Vivian Suter (Argentine, born 1949), installation view of Vivian Suter at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2019 (pictured here. Twenty-four untitled and undated canvases, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. © Vivian Suter.

B) Kerry James Marshall (American, born 1955),
Souvenir I, 1997, acrylic, collage and glitter on unstretched canvas, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund, 1997.73. ©Kerry James Marshall/Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

C) General Idea (AA Bronson, Michael Tims, Felix Partz, Ronald Gabe, Jorge Zontal), Great AIDS (Pyrrole Orange), 1990 – 2019, acrylic on linen, courtesy of the Estate of General Idea and Mitchell - Innes & Nash, New York. © General Idea / Photo: Adam Reich.

A) Rafael Lozano - Hemmer (Mexican, born 1967), Pulse Room, 2006, incandescent light bulbs, voltage controllers, heart rate sensors, computer and metal, dimensions variable, Museum of Modern Art, New York. ©2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VEGAP, Madrid.

B) Michelle Stuart (American, born 1933), In the Beginning: Time and Dark Matter, 2016 - 2020, archival pigment prints, metal and wood table, shells, beeswax and plates, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York. © Michelle Stuart.

C) Jeffrey Gibson (American, Mississippi Choctaw - Cherokee, born 1972), The Love You Give Is The Love You Get, 2020, punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, and acrylic felt, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, promised gift of John Auerbach. © Jeffrey Gibson. Photo: Robert

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