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Apr 052017

tiovivo high atlIf 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 May 21, 2017, you can check out the Daniel Arsham: Hourglass exhibition, which sounds fascinating. Per the summary: “Hourglass comprises three related, site-specific installations, each infused with mythology and striking color. In one area, the artist will create a complete Japanese Zen garden with traditional pagoda, tatami mats, and raked sand, all rendered in bright blue. Arsham will transform a second gallery space into a purple amethyst cavern composed of sports equipment. The final installation consists of a set of large hourglasses filled with crushed blue crystals and sculptural casts. Performers will move through the gallery periodically, subtly altering different elements of the space.”

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, on view through June 11, 2017. The High’s series of picture-book art exhibition 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, on view through April 24, 2017, highlights Locke’s multicultural exploration through a selection of paintings and sculptures. Plus, five of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals will be on view in the High’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing through May 7, 2017–the sixth is part of the Cross Country exhibition, which opened on last month.

Speaking of, the Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915–1950 exhibition is fantastic. On view through May 7, 2017, Cross Country brings together 200+ works by 80+ artists. The exhibition is arranged geographically, and it highlights artists “who channeled the power of American places outside of city limits between 1915 and 1950. Shortly after World War I, the U.S. population became increasingly urban rather than rural, but where artists lived did not necessarily dictate where they worked. In addition to developments in infrastructure and industry—such as the automobile and the interstate system—grants, commissions, the lure of newly established art schools and artist colonies, and various Depression-era government agencies stimulated artists to explore far-flung locales.”

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 May 6 & 7, 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 April 9, 2016.

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 11–September 3, 2017: Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
  • 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 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. Here are a few:

  • Friday & Saturday, April 7-8, 2017: Studio Spring Break at The High. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. each day, there’ll be art-making workshops & more featuring a “Build It” theme. Free with museum admission.
  • Friday, April 7, 2017: First Fridays. During April’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops featuring felt pennants, drawing in the galleries, Gallery Talk: “Pictures for Charis” with photographer Kelli Connell, live performances, & more.
  • Sunday, April 16, 2017: Free Family Programming on Sifly Piazza. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll Build It! art-making workshops & story times as well as performances of Interventions by The Object Group.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Jason Collier
  • Friday, May 5, 2017: First Fridays. During May’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, Talk: “Multiple Moderns: American Art and Artists During the Great Depression” with Erika Doss, live performances by Dad’s Garage & the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, & more.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.: Revelations Celebration community workshop in Sifly Piazza. You’ll learn excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations in a dance workshop conducted by former Ailey company member Nasha Thomas, with live music by an Ailey percussionist.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.: Revelations Celebration community workshop in Sifly Piazza. You’ll learn excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations in a dance workshop conducted by former Ailey company member Nasha Thomas, with live music by an Ailey percussionist. Bonus: This is a Second Sundays free admission day.
  • Friday, May 19, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Tyrone Jackson, William Menefield, Alex Gordon, and Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski