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Chamber Concert Series
This is the 35th season of the Georgia Southwestern State University Chamber Concert Series.
• Ensemble Chaconne, Measure for Measure: Music of Shakespeare’s Plays — 7:30 p.m. — Feb. 4
• Kontras Quartet — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25
• Albany Symphony featuring GSW, Albany State and Darton College Choirs, “Evening of Italian Opera” — 3 p.m. April 13, at Rylander Theatre
All performances take place in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted. Season tickets for all concerts are available: adults $45, GSW faculty and staff $40, senior citizens $35, and Habitat for Humanity volunteers $25. GSW students and children 15 and under admitted free of charge. Tickets to individual performances are also available and can be purchased at the door. For more information or for tickets, call 229-931-2204.
The Macon County Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. Call the Montezuma Downtown Development Authority at 478-472-4777 for more information.
The Gallery of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Photography and literary works depicting rural life and culture in Georgia are the focus of a new exhibit on display until Jan. 25.
A competition was held during the summer to determine the top seven essays and photographs on the theme. All the photography entered in the competition are exhibited, along with the top-scoring essays.
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The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
• “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life”
The High Museum of Art, the musée du Louvre, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art have announced the second installation in their four-year collaboration focusing on the history of American art. It provides a close look at three major genre paintings, each of which offers a unique perspective on 19th century America. Two additional works from the collections at the Louvre exemplify American genre painting's European sources
American genre painting, or scenes of everyday life, flourished during the first half of the 19th century, when the young nation sought images and narratives to define and bolster its developing identity. Portraying the lives of everyday Americans, genre painting often served as a vehicle for expressions of cultural nationalism. Three paintings in the installation will provide examples of American genre painting: Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait's "The Life of a Hunter: A Tight Fix" (1856) from Crystal Bridges, Eastman Johnson's "Negro Life at the South" (c.1870) from the High and George Caleb Bingham's "The Jolly Flatboatmen" (1877–78) from the Terra Foundation. These works will be accompanied by two paintings from the Louvre: Jan Steen's "Festive Family Meal" (1674) and William Mulready's "Train Up a Child" (1841/1853), representative of the 17th century Dutch and mid-19th century English schools that greatly influenced genre painters in the United States.
• Bangles to Benches: Contemporary Jewelry and Design
Through June 8
The High will broaden visitors' ideas of jewelry as wearable sculpture with this exhibition, which focuses on the scale, range and creative dexterity found in many contemporary designers' repertoires today. Innovative contemporary jewelry will be paired with other design objects - from chairs to climbing walls - created by key designers in the High's permanent collection. Ranging from mass-produced to one-of-a-kind works and from hand-crafted to digitally fabricated pieces, the works in the exhibition will include many of the High's recent acquisitions by notable designers such as Marcel Wanders, Zaha Hadid and the Campana Brothers.
• Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
Through Jan. 5
This is the first major exhibition to provide an overview of Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney's 50-year career as an illustrator and artist. More than 140 of Pinkney's luminous watercolor illustrations will be on display, including work from his classic picture books and commissions for a variety of clients, including the National Park Service. The exhibition touches on themes such as the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature, and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales.
• Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Through April 13
Drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., this exhibition features major works of art and important artifacts including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, frontier firearms and objects from Native American cultures that showcase the exploration and settlement of the American West. Through these objects, the exhibition highlights the ways visual images and stories of explorers and legendary western celebrities such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and Chief Sitting Bull continue to inform American identity and character today.
• The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden
Through Jan. 19
This exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris' beloved Tuileries Garden and its impact on artists through time. It will feature more than 100 works, some of which have never been seen outside of France, including large-scale sculptures from the garden. The exhibition will also explore how the 63-acre garden influenced and inspired works by painters such as Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Childe Hassam.
• The Bunnen Collection
Through Feb. 2
The High will present some of its rarest and most valuable photographs in this exhibition featuring a selection of works donated to the Museum by Atlanta photographer and philanthropist Lucinda W. Bunnen. The exhibition will celebrate Bunnen's legacy as one of the region's most dedicated arts supporters and will feature more than 125 prints, including works by Bunnen herself and photographs by Ansel Adams, Chuck Close and others.