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Oct 042017
 

If you haven’t been to The High Museum of Art in a while, now’s an awesome time to go. There are quite a few special exhibitions currently on display & coming soon that look like they’re well worth the trip.

I’m looking forward to the Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design exhibition, on view October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018. Per the summary: “The High Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, the works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more.

The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. The exhibition also illustrates how the artists use their work to effect significant economic, social, and political change.”

While you’re there, you can check out the next part of The High’s series of picture-book art exhibitions: Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, which will be on view through January 21, 2018. The vibrant Technicolor exhibition, featuring new works by Jamie Hayon, on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing, closes on October 15, 2017. Plus, Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo exhibition, also on display through October 15, features three decades of the artist’s work, including new works created for the exhibition. And the Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night exhibition, on view through March 4, 2018, looks fascinating; the multi-layered photographic project explores the psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement.

Got little ones? Through November 26, 2017, the kids can explore the Merry Go Zoo exhibition in Sifly Piazza.

Want to explore the High Museum of Art on the cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) Bank of America cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month, thanks to the Museums on Us program (discount applies to cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will be October 7 & 8, 2017.

2) On Second Sundays at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m., and there’ll be special activities & workshops. The next Second Sundays free admission day will take place on October 8, 2017.

3) All active & veteran military personnel as well as one guest will receive free admission to The High Museum of Art & free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Proof of service includes valid military, retiree, military/retiree dependent identification card or a DD Form 214 (Report of Separation).

4) While they last, $30 buys two tickets to The High Museum of Art + a $20 gift card to Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, The Original El Taco, & more), thanks to an offer on Poshdealz.

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view November 4, 2017–May 27, 2018: A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography
  • On view November 17, 2017–March 18, 2018: Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?
  • On view February 17–May 13, 2018: Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
  • On view November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Want a little something extra while you’re there? Head out for an event at The High, most of which are free with museum admission. Here are a few:

  • Friday, October 6, 2017: First Fridays. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, live performances by Atlanta-area artists, gallery tours, & more.
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Georgia Wildlife Journey with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.
  • Friday, October 13, 2017: Making Africa Opening Party. From 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., you can preview the Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design exhibition before it officially opens to the public, listen to live music by local artists, & more.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Nelson Ramos
  • Friday, November 3, 2017: First Fridays. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, live performances by Atlanta-area artists, gallery tours, & more.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Around the World in Thirty Days-themed activities, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Jude Amazon
  • Friday, December 15, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Brian Hogans

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski