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Jul 282017

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 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, will be on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing through 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 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 August 5 & 6, 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 August 13, 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 October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
  • On view November 17, 2017–March 18, 2018: Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?
  • 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, 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.
  • Friday, August 4, 2017: First Fridays. During August’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, printmaking and demonstrations with Atlanta Printmakers Studio, gallery talks & tours, a performance by DJ EU, & more.
  • Friday, August 11, 2017: Teen Night. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be live music, open mic time, a photo booth, drawing in the galleries, art making, & more. Admission is $5 with a high school ID.
  • 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, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Friday Jazz featuring The Henry Conerway III Trio with Kenny Banks, Jr., Kevin Smith, and special guest Tony Hightower. Free with museum admission
  • Friday, August 18, 2017: Outdoor Performance Series: Russell Gunn and the Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Free performance from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Sifly Piazza.
  • 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.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Melvin Jones

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski