Last month, I checked out two exhibitions at The High: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks and Vik Muniz’s mid-career retrospective.
Both are worth the trip.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks brings a new angle to an exhibition of the street artist’s work–his own words. Basquiat once said that he “used words like brushstrokes,” and that’s certainly true as they make appearances in many of his creations. But this exhibition brings the artist’s notebooks to the fore, allowing those pages to serve as works of art in their own right and giving people an intimate glimpse into the life of this influential artist.
Vik Muniz’s mid-career retrospective showcases the contemporary photographer’s ever-shifting perspective over the past few decades. Muniz strives to make art approachable to people of all ages and backgrounds, and he breaks down those barriers through his diverse use of materials and angles. “My work is about making you think differently about what you already know,” Muniz says. The exhibition includes works from his Pictures of Caviar Monsters series (including Frankenstein, above, which he crafted out of caviar then photographed), Pictures of Clouds series (he hired skywriters to draw cartoonish clouds over skylines and then photographed them), pictures crafted from junk and sand, photos taken at the microscopic level, images created to be captured from a helicopter, & more.
Though you’ll find the bulk of Vik Muniz’s and Basquiat’s works on the second floor, be sure to stop by the Skyway level to see other pieces, including some of Basquiat’s art that has never been on display before. Even Andy Warhol makes an appearance there; the piece, Untitled (General Electric II), is a collaboration between Warhol and Basquiat.
And if you haven’t seen the Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion exhibition, I vote for going. It’s amazing. Herpen’s blend of technology, unique materials, & design make it a fitting display for The High. You’ll see dresses that were 3D printed, pieces that incorporate oddities like umbrella tines, works crafted from unusual materials like steel blended with silk, & more.
Also on my list of reasons to head back: I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle opened earlier this month. If you think you know his name but you’re not sure, you need to think back to your preschool years: Carle is the creator of children’s books known & loved by many, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug. This exhibition is a retrospective, and it features more than 80 of Carle’s signature collages from 16 of his most popular books that span his nearly 50-year career.
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.
1) Fulton County residents & students get in free from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month; valid ID required. The next free day is Saturday, May 7, 2016. Plus, Bank of America cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month (discount applies to cardholder only).
2) On the second Sunday of the month, everyone receives free admission to the High Museum of Art as part of the Second Sunday Fundays activities at the Woodruff Arts Center. Admission is free from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. with family-friendly programming from noon-5:00 p.m. The next Second Sunday Fundays will take place on April 10, 2016.
3) All active & veteran military personnel as well as up to three immediate family members 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) During Friday Night Lates, you can get half-off admission every Friday from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Even better: The half-price admission deal is valid for Friday Jazz concerts, too, which take place on the third Friday of the month.
5) On Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016, admission is free at the High Museum of Art.
6) While they last, $69 buys a one-year dual membership or one-year family membership at the High Museum of Art, thanks to a deal on Groupon.
7) May is Member Month at The High. During the month of May, members get extra perks: You can bring a friend free on Tag-Along Tuesdays (one per membership), save an extra 10% on regularly priced items in the gift store, & more.
8) Other ongoing discounts: Zoo Atlanta members save $3 off adult admission or $10 off a membership. If you have a PBA Advantage card or an ASO or Alliance Theatre subscriber card, you’ll save $3 off admission. ARTSCard members get $2 off admission.
Curious about what you’ll see while you’re there? Here are a few of the current exhibitions at The High:
- On view through May 1, 2016: Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton Dial, Sr.
- On view through May 15, 2016: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
- On view through May 22, 2016: What is Near: Reflections on Home
- On view through May 29, 2016: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
- On view through August 21, 2016: Vik Muniz (contemporary photographer)
- On view through January 8, 2017: I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle (creator of picture books for young children).
And mark your calendar for upcoming exhibitions:
- On view May 14, 2016-October 30, 2016: A Cut Above: Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection
- On view June 3, 2016-November 27, 2016: Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon
- On view June 11, 2016-September 11, 2016: Walker Evans (20th-century documentary photographer)
- On view June 11, 2016-August 14, 2016: Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
- On view October 16, 2016-January 8, 2017: Thomas Struth: Nature and Politics
Want a little something extra while you’re there? Head out for an event at The High. Here are a few:
- Friday, May 6, 2016: Basquiat Bash (free with admission). From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be a performance by T. Lang Dance, music spun by Source One, & more.
- Sunday, May 8, 2016: Celebrate Mother’s Day at The High. Museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m. Starting at 1:00 p.m., you can pose for a professional photo with mom, make a keepsake frame, see a 50-minute presentation of the Atlanta Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance, & more. Bonus: Members can head out for members-only activities from 11:00 a.m.-noon.
- Friday, May 20, 2016: Friday Jazz featuring MASTERY.
- Sunday, May 22, 2016: Block Party. From noon-5:00 p.m., there’ll be live music, art making, a photo booth, & more. Bonus: Members can head out for members-only activities from 11:00 a.m.-noon.
The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.