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.
I was out of town for the opening, but I plan to get to the High soon to see the Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition. On view through August 14, 2016, it features 155 sneakers and “follows the evolution of the sneaker from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture and marker of masculine identity.”
And the Walker Evans: Depth of Field exhibition will be on view through September 11, 2016. Considered one of the most influential documentary photographers of the 20th century, the retrospective is one of the most comprehensive assessments of his career to date.
Another retrospective is still on display: Vik Muniz’s mid-career retrospective, on view through August 21, 2016, 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.
Also on my list of reasons to head out: I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle opened in April. 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. On view through January 8, 2017, 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. Bonus: You’ll find copies of Carle’s picture books scattered around the exhibition, giving your preschoolers plenty of things that they *can touch at the museum.
Plus the A Cut Above: Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection exhibition opened recently. On display through October 30, 2016, the exhibition celebrates a gift of 47 artworks from collector, scholar and advocate Gordon W. Bailey. It features Elijah Pierce’s Mr. and Mrs. Hank Aaron, which was carved in 1974 to honor Aaron when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record; life-size animals carved by O.L. Samuels and Raymond Coins; Georgia artist Leroy Almon’s carving tools and teaching tablets, which will be on view alongside his wood bas reliefs; & more.
For a hands-on experience, check out Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon, on display in Sifly Piazza through November 27, 2016. The large-scale outdoor works are always worth exploring, especially if you have little ones with you.
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, July 2, 2016. Plus, Bank of America cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month (discount applies to cardholder only).
2) Sunday, June 26, 2016, is Family Funday at The High Museum of Art. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be free family art-making workshops. The hands-on projects tie to the exhibitions on display in the museum. You’ll need to buy a ticket to see them while you’re there.
3) September 11, 2016, is a Second Sunday Funday at The High Museum of Art. Museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m., plus there’ll be special activities & workshops presented by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Alliance Theatre from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
4) 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).
5) 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.
6) While they last, $30 buys a two tickets to the High Museum of Art plus a $20 gift card to Fifth Group Restaurants (Ecco, The Original El Taco, La Tavola, South City Kitchens, & more), thanks to a deal on PoshDealz.
7) 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.
And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:
- On view October 9, 2016-January 8, 2017: Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett
- 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, July 15, 2016: Friday Jazz featuring Swing Night with Joe Gransden
- Friday, August 19, 2016: Friday Jazz featuring Darren English
The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.