I use the term rediscover because no matter how many times I visit Atlanta’s High Museum of Art I always find a new way to engage with the space and I always leave having learned something I didn’t know before, seen the building(s) from a new perspective, or having viewed collection or piece for the first time or in a new way. That is the nature of the High Museum and perhaps the reason that I love it the most. The location and stunning building(s) are a backdrop and everything that occurs in and around the complex changes it in a way that I always feel that I am discovering the spaces for the first time. I love it! It is also the reason that I have long been and will continue to be member and support the efforts of the High, it is one of the most dynamic and interesting places in Atlanta, one that makes this city a better place!
I am always looking for a reason to visit the High and often do so with my mother who is an artist and a fan art and museums, particularly the High. Whether it is to check out an exhibit exhibit on loan, just to walk the spaces and admire the architecture, attend an event, or see one of my favorite pieces in their permanent collection I always enjoy my time at the museum and I always leave feeling inspired and excited about Atlanta. This happens each time, without fail, and no matter how long it has been since I have visited or what my mood may Atlanta’s High Museum of Art never disappoints and always puts me in a great mood, sparks creative energy and I leave full of ideas, artistic and otherwise. I am not sure how many other places in Atlanta or elsewhere that I can say that about. As far as places in Atlanta I consider the High along with the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Piedmont Park to be my personal highlights in a city full of great places. For me, these are the places I go to recharge and reconnect, to myself and to this city.
This past weekend I went to see the exhibit “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection” which will be ending January 11 and this year alone I have seen some amazing exhibitions including the second installment of “Dream Cars”, but there really is always something going on that is interesting and informative inside and outside the museum. From installations to speakers, the High is doing a great job at engaging audiences through stimulating activities and well curated exhibitions. I have even taken art classes over the years! There is always a reason to visit the High. Also, they offer discounts and events on Friday nights and other times throughout the month and year so check their “Happenings” to see what is going on and when.
From the architecture of the buildings to the dialogue created with and for the community, the High Museum is a place worth discovering again and again. I also suggest to everyone to anyone that can that you support the High through membership. I have been a member for as long as I can remember and I have never regretted it for one second. Plus, I have a dual membership so I can always take a friend with me and share with them one of my favorite places in the ATL. With a membership I can go as often as I want and never even have to think about it. Sometime I just walk through the space or just go grab a cup of coffee – a little culture and inspiration never hurt anyone and I will take all I can get!
High Museum Of Art Atlanta – 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30309 – http://www.high.org/