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The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
• Molly Hatch's Physic Garden Installation
Now on view
This installation, created by contemporary ceramicist Molly Hatch, is a two-story tall, hand-painted “plate painting” commissioned by the Museum that reinterprets works from its renowned decorative arts and design collection. Physic Garden is installed in the High’s Margaretta Taylor Lobby and is comprised of 456 plates featuring an original design inspired by two ca. 1755 Chelsea Factory plates from the Museum’s Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics, which totals more than 300 works. The historic source plates depict realistic flora and fauna in the Chelsea “Hans Sloane” style of the early 1750s.
• African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye
Through Sept. 14
To highlight recent gifts and purchases in the Museum’s growing collection of African Art, the High presents this exhibition that celebrates the diversity of creative expression of African masquerade performances. Bringing together dynamic works of art from western and central Africa, the exhibition features 15 masks, one of which is presented in full costume, as well as extraordinary tunics made with feathers and porcupine quills. People often think of African masks as wooden face coverings that hang on museum walls. Within their original communities, however, African masks were performed in full costume to serve many vital functions.
• 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.
• Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
May 21-Sept. 7
This major exhibition of innovative automotive design will bring together 17 concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including some of the rarest and most imaginative cars designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. Dream Cars will feature cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century that pushed the limits of imagination and foreshadowed the future of design. The exhibition will pair conceptual drawings and scale models with realized cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.
• Wynn Bullock: Revelations
June 14- January 2015
The High will become the first major art museum in nearly 40 years to mount a retrospective of work by photographer Wynn Bullock (1902-1975). This exhibition is organized by the High in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography. One of the most significant photographers of the mid-20th century, Bullock worked in the American modernist tradition alongside Edward Weston, Harry Callahan and Ansel Adams. More than 100 black-and-white and color works by Bullock will come together for the exhibition, which will coincide with a major gift to the High from the Bullock Estate of a large collection of vintage photographs, making the High one of the most significant repositories of Bullock's work in the country.
• Mi Casa, Your Casa
July 18-Nov. 2
This summer the High will unveil an ambitious design intervention on the Sifly Piazza entitled Mi Casa, Your Casa, created by contemporary Mexican designers-in-residence Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Mi Casa, Your Casa is a site-specific work that will invite the community to actively participate in the life of the entire Woodruff Arts Center campus through recreation, social interaction, performances, and art-making activities.