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Current Exhibitions: High Museum of Art (Spring 2016)

Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton Dial, Sr. (Feb 13–May 1, 2016)
The High’s memorial exhibition, on view February 13 to May 1, 2016, presents a selection of Dial’s exuberant drawings and symbolically rich paintings that the Museum has collected over the past twenty years. Today, Dial is represented in museum collections across the country, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion (Nov 7, 2015 – May 15, 2016)
Experience the bold vision of one of today’s most original fashion designers with 45 stunning outfits from 15 collections in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion — on view for the first time in North America in the High Museum of Art’s fashion debut.

What Is Near: Reflections on Home (Jan 16 – May 22, 2016)
What Is Near examines the ways in which artists have explored issues of identity and memory in the context of home. Home can be a place laden with emotion and memory, and is often inextricably tied to a sense of identity. In this exhibition, the work of five Southern photographers in the permanent collection of the High Museum approach topics of representation through the framework of home.

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks (Feb 28 – May 29, 2016)
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks provides an unprecedented opportunity to peek inside an artist’s mind. These eight rare notebooks can be seen up close, sequentially, and in context with some of Basquiat’s major works. Come and experience his extraordinary talent for integrating word and image.

Vik Muniz (Feb 28 – Aug 21, 2016)

Vik Muniz (Brazilian-American, born 1961) is distinguished as one of the most innovative and creative artists of our time. Endlessly playful and inventive in his approach, Muniz harnesses a remarkable virtuosity in creating his renowned “photographic delusions.”

I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle (Apr 2, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017)

Eric Carle (American, born 1929) is widely acclaimed as the creator of beloved, brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for young children, including such familiar favorites as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug. The High is the sole venue for this retrospective, which will feature more than 80 of Carle’s signature collages from 15 of his most popular books that span his nearly 50-year career, including many original works rarely on view.

African Art: Building the Collection (Ongoing)
In celebration of its newly expanded Fred and Rita Richman Gallery for African Art, the High will showcase nearly 40 recent acquisitions of art from Africa to enter the permanent collection.  On View: Lower Level, Wieland Pavilion.

Howard Finster: Paradise Garden (Ongoing)
Although many people became familiar with the Reverend Howard Finster through his 40,000 late-20th century paintings, the centerpiece of his work was Paradise Garden. This outdoor museum was built to celebrate all the inventions of mankind, but dedicated to the glory of God. His oeuvre is best considered as an installation and performance piece, of which the paintings are the extant artifacts.  Location: Skyway Level, Gallery 415.

Molly Hatch: Physic Garden (Now On View)
The High Museum of Art has commissioned contemporary ceramicist Molly Hatch to present Physic Garden, a two-story tall, hand-painted “plate painting” that is now installed in the Museum’s Margaretta Taylor Lobby. The “plate painting” is comprised of 456 dinner plates featuring an original design inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea Factory plates from the High’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics. The High has acquired Physic Garden into the decorative arts and design permanent collection and can re-install it at future dates in smaller incarnations or in other locations.

Paul Stephen Benjamin: Black is the Color (Ongoing)
Here, antiquated televisions of various shapes and sizes are organized into uneven columns. Each screen repeats a portion of Nina Simone’s 1959 Town Hall performance of “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” The artist has edited the film to create delays between the monitors, refashioning the song—a folk duet of Scottish and Appalachian origin—into a haunting round. Blackness and performativity shift to the forefront as the performance repeats, casting shadows that fill the gallery. The analog equipment and scattered, tangled cords also point toward the deteriorating nature of the endlessly looping work.

photo courtesy of High Museum of Art
Vik Muniz
Picking Flowers in a Field, after Mary Cassatt, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012
Chromogenic print
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.high.org

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