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High Museum extends ‘Dream Cars'; new Museum of Design exhibit focuses on graphic design

  • 12:15 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

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High extends ‘Dream Cars’ one week
The High Museum of Art announced Monday that is extending its popular exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” one week, through Sept. 14. Featuring concept cars, along with conceptual drawings and scale models, by automakers such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche and General Motors, the show has drawn more than 130,000 visitors since opening May 21. The High also announced that it will be open on Labor Day (Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special ticket discounts, and that hours will be extended on “Dream Cars’” closing weekend: 10 a.m. to 9 [More]

Wabi Sabi returns for new round of nurturing dance in great outdoors

  • 5:44 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Even if you’ve never connected to contemporary dance, it’s hard to not be persuaded after witnessing Wabi Sabi perform at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with the audience following the dancers to different spots on the manicured grounds for each piece on the program.

The dancer-driven Atlanta Ballet offshoot, whose mission is to showcase rising choreographic talent, gives the first of five performances at three outdoor settings on Aug. 21 at the Midtown garden, where it will return Sept. 18. In between there will be appearances at the High Museum of Art (as part of the design installation “Mi Casa, Your Casa” [More]

Coming to High Museum: Gordon Parks’ black and white South, in color

  • 10:09 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The High Museum of Art lays claim to one of the most significant civil rights photography collections in the nation, comprising more than 300 black-and-white prints.

The exhibition announced Tuesday by the museum, however, is something altogether different: Opening Nov. 15, “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” will feature 40 documentary images taken by the trailblazing photographer in 1956 Alabama in vibrant color.

Coinciding with the exhibit, the High will acquire 12 of the color pictures, most unseen for more than 50 years, for its rapidly growing permanent collection of photography, now numbering more than 5,800 prints.

Parks created the work on assignment for Life [More]

Bunnen Gallery sharpens focus on High Museum’s photography collection

  • 1:30 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

When the High Museum of Art announced in April that it had received nearly $4 million to support its photography initiatives, it said it planned to add a dedicated full-time gallery space to showcase prints from its 5,500-work photo collection.

And, in short order, that wedge-shaped space, newly named the Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography, has opened on the Skyway level of the Wieland Pavilion.

The debut installation, “The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection,” is a grouping of 23 images drawn from the High’s holdings of experimental photography. The thread linking the photographers — including Vik Muniz, Dawoud Bey, David [More]

High Museum to shine light on modernist Wifredo Lam in early 2015

  • 7:40 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Cuban-born modernist painter Wifredo Lam is not as well-known as some of the artists and writers who served as his inspirations, including Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Federico García Lorca, Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel García Márquez. An exhibit coming to the High Museum of Art next February seeks to remedy that.

The High announced on Monday that it will host the retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds,” featuring more than 40 paintings, as well as a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera.

Lam (1902-1982), who studied in Madrid and worked in pre-World War II Paris before returning to Cuba, is considered a key [More]

High Museum’s ‘Mi Casa’ installation to be summer-fall outdoor home for the arts

  • 10:34 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

When Italian architect Renzo Piano’s three-building expansion for the High Museum of Art opened in 2005, the project came with a handsome outdoor plaza better connecting the museum with the rest of the Woodruff Arts Center.

Woodruff and High leaders have always seen great potential in Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza as a Midtown civic gathering space, performance place and a front door to the arts center’s varied offerings. The possibilities have been suggested in scattered performances by groups including gloATL and Sonic Generator. The piazza was even turned into a pseudo French park, complete with cafe tables and large planters, the [More]

High Museum to dedicate more space to growing African art collection

  • 4:02 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

With perhaps less fanfare than has surrounded gains for its photography and contemporary art collections, African art has become a growth industry at the High Museum of Art.

The High is expanding the footprint of the Fred and Rita Richman Gallery for African Art from 2,400 to 4,000 square feet, so that it will occupy almost half of the Wieland Pavilion’s Lower Level. Fittingly, the museum will open the expansion on June 28 with an exhibition showcasing nearly 40 recent African art acquisitions, “African Art: Building the Collection.”

The expansion grew out of a pledge by the Richmans, New York-based patrons of [More]