To celebrate the opening of his new $250 million, 330-acre studio at Fort McPherson in early October, Tyler Perry threw a massive gala that attracted international celebrities like Oprah, Beyoncé, and Hank Aaron. Perry now claims one of the largest studios in the U.S. and is the first black person to own one outright, without partner backing, since Oscar Micheaux in the early 20th century. The studio has 12 soundstages, each named after black Hollywood legends including Sidney Poitier and the late Diahann Carroll, and 21 ready-made sets including a diner, prison yard, mansion, suburban neighborhood, trailer park, courtroom, baseball field, and even the White House, which Perry is using for his new BET series, The Oval. All of this is set among more than 200 acres of sprawling manicured lawns and rolling hills.
Whether it’s displaying couture gowns or a rock star’s guitar, MODA maximizes its small space to create exhibitions that are the source of Insta-envy. The museum’s aesthetic is all about how smart design has made life better and how it will inform the future. Currently on view, The Design of Dissent features posters from political movements around the world. Up next, Full Circle: Design Without End shows how designers and inventors are tackling climate change.