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Jun 072017

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 on display that look like they’re well worth the trip.

Through September 3, 2017, you can check out the Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation exhibition, which sounds like a fun exhibition. Per the summary: “This retrospective exhibition, encompassing over 250 works on loan from Portland-based collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, establishes Warhol’s innovative graphic production as it evolved over the course of four decades. The exhibition explores his nearly singular use of the silkscreen process, once largely a commercial format that Warhol elevated to the status of fine art.

The series and portfolios on view highlight Warhol’s obsession with repetition and with printmaking as a mechanical means of artistic reproduction. In this convergence, Warhol famously blurred the distinctions between original and copy and employed print multiples as a medium for conceptual rebellion and experimentation.

As a result of Warhol’s fascination with popular culture, the exhibition also chronicles American life in the second half of the twentieth century, from glamour icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to the violent imagery of the Birmingham civil rights protests, political posters of the 1970s, and 1980s ad campaigns. Warhol’s work also addressed his own identity as a gay man in a time when homosexuality was stigmatized and persecuted.

In total, the works on view offer a bellwether of postwar American life and foreshadow our culture’s frenzied obsession with celebrity, fashion, sensationalism, and scandal.”

While you’re there, you can experience the natural beauty of the American South as captured by photographer Jack Leigh in the The Spirit of the Place exhibition, which closes on June 11, 2017. The High’s series of picture-book art exhibitions continues with Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, on view through January 21, 2018. And the A Conspiracy of Icons: The Art of Donald Locke exhibition, which examines Locke’s multicultural exploration through a selection of paintings and sculptures, will be on view through July 2, 2017.

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 July 1 & 2, 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 June 11, 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 June 24–October 15, 2017: Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo
  • On view June 24–October 15, 2017: Technicolor
  • On view June 24–October 22, 2017: Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale
  • On view June 24–November 26, 2017: Merry Go Zoo (Sifly Piazza)
  • On view October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
  • 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:

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Jingle Writing workshops with the Ukulady, an ABC’s Photobooth in Sifly Piazza, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, story times, & more.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017: Free Family Programming. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be art-making workshops & Ashley Bryan story times on Sifly Piazza.
  • Friday, June 16, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Faith Carmichael
  • Friday, June 23, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: Summer Kick-Off Party in Sifly Piazza, featuring DJ Kermit, performances by T. Lang Dance, & more. Free with museum admission.
  • Friday, July 7, 2017: First Fridays. During July’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, a performance by Lauren and Jason of The Whiskey Gentry, a photobooth with E.K. Sluder, summer constellations talks with Georgia Tech Astronomy Professor Dr. James Sowell, & more.
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as iggly Warhol-inspired family yoga; Dogs With Wigs and Sing-Along with The Ukulady; Toddler Tours; art-making workshops; Warhol, Wigs, and Wiggles story times; & more.
  • Monday, July 17, 2017: Member Appreciation Monday. From noon-5:00 p.m., the High Museum of Art will be opened exclusively for members & their guests. There’ll be sand art and tattoo stations, interactive selfie stations, scavenger hunts, food trucks on Callaway Plaza, & more. Admission is free for members & $5 for each guest; guest passes may be used if the member is present.
  • Friday, July 21, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Joe Gransden
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017: Free Family Programming. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be art-making workshops, Wiggly Warhol-inspired family yoga, & Warhol, Wigs, and Wiggles story times on Sifly Piazza.
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as All Fired Up! story times, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, & more.
  • Friday, August 18, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring The Henry Conerway III Trio with Kenny Banks, Jr., Kevin Smith, and special guest Tony Hightower
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017: Free Family Programming. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be art-making workshops on Sifly Piazza & All Fired Up! story times in the Greene Family Education Center.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski