Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Steppin’ Out

February 22, 2012


AMERICUS — Editor’s Note: Every Friday a list of local and area upcoming entertainment and cultural events will be published on the Steppin’ Out page in the Times-Recorder. To submit information for this listing, please send to Steppin’ Out, c/o Americus Times-Recorder, P.O. Box 1247, Americus GA 31709, or fax to 928-6344 or e-mail to


Chamber Concert Series

Georgia Southwestern State University has announced its 2011-2012 Chamber Concert Series: Feb. 9 - Ensemble Chaconne, "European Masters in 18th c. London," Feb. 27 - Roger Chase, viola and Michiko Otaki, piano. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at GSW's Jackson Performance Hall. 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 are admitted free of charge. Tickets to individual performances are also available. For more information call 931-2204.


Museum Hours

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 High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St. N.E.

The Art of Golf

• Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters

Through April 29

On view exclusively in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art continues its collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), with the major exhibition “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters.” This exhibition presents approximately 100 works of art created by 14 of the most iconic artists from the 20th century: Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. “Picasso to Warhol” is one of the largest concentrations of modern art masterpieces to ever be exhibited in the southeastern United States

• Feb. 5–June 24

Organized by the High Museum of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland, “The Art of Golf” will explore the royal and ancient game as depicted by landscape and portrait artists, photographers and Pop artists through the ages. This will be the first-ever exhibition devoted to the game by a major American art museum. Comprising approximately 90 works from artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Charles Lees, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, “The Art of Golf” will examine the game’s origins, its foundation in Scotland and its growth in America in the 20th century. The exhibition will also feature a large format introductory video that features golf legends Sir Michael Bonallack and Jack Nicklaus and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

• Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collection of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Feb. 5-May 13

Co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, this exhibition will include approximately 63 drawings and paintings by self-taught Alabama artist Bill Traylor. Traylor began making art near the end of his life, and his works are notable for their flat, simply defined shapes and vibrant compositions in which memories and observations relating to African American life are merged. Traylor is recognized as one of the finest American artists of the 20th century.

• A major multi-site exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS. “KAWS: Down Time” will open on Feb. 18, 2012, with a 22-foot-high, site-specific mural painted in the Margaretta Taylor Lobby of the High’s Wieland Pavilion, along with a 24-foot-long triptych hung in of the Museum’s Robinson Atrium. In addition, a gallery installation of paintings, drawings and sculpture will feature a grid of 27 tondo paintings, each 40 inches in diameter. Visitors will be able to watch KAWS over the course of a week in early February as he creates the mural exclusively for the High. The exhibition will also include KAWS’s monumental sculpture “Companion” (2010), which will be installed on the Museum’s piazza on November 18, 2011. “KAWS: Down Time” has been organized exclusively for the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and will be on view from Feb. 18, 2012, through May 27, 2012.

“From their saturated palettes and seductive surfaces to their complex spatial geometries, KAWS’s paintings have a formal elasticity that is humorous and playful as well as complex, sophisticated and discursive,” said Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “KAWS has created a new order of American Pop—one that suggests the protean universe of New York abstraction re-imagined within the frame of Cartoon Network. His work is uncannily familiar but foreign at the same time, like in a dream, and it unites the often distant worlds of fine art and youth culture.”

 An influential member of a new generation of street artists who have successfully united commercial enterprises with their artistic practices, KAWS employs his skill and delight as a designer of toys and other objects in his practice as a painter and sculptor. The objects he produces for commercial consumption are in direct dialogue with his art; in fact, he thinks of his t-shirt designs as “drawings.” His new paintings in this exhibition allude to pop culture sources such as Sponge Bob Square Pants, as well as the more obscure work of artist H. C. Westermann, who also drew upon popular cartoon imagery in his work. “Companion,” which will be installed on the Museum’s Sifly Piazza, represents one of several hybrid figures created by KAWS who are part of a growing cast of characters. Enlarged to a monumental scale, “Companion” fuses a Mickey Mouse-inspired body with an inflated skull-and-crossbones head, an image that has become emblematic of KAWS. The sculpture’s contemplative pose recalls Rodin’s famed “The Thinker,” provoking us to wonder what is on the character’s mind and inviting us to empathize with its tragicomic posture.

• Alejandro Aguilera, About the Modern Spirit

Feb. 18-May 20                       

Organized by the High Museum of Art, this exhibition will include approximately 40 drawings by Atlanta-based Cuban artist Alejandro Aguilera. Aguilera’s drawings represent literal or metaphorical portraits of modern artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso. “Alejandro Aguilera: About the Modern Spirit” invites visitors to reflect upon the lives of visionary artists and to connect their influences across temporal, geographic and generational boundaries. Aguilera’s homage to these artists reflects their continued relevance to contemporary art and culture and, more personally, to the evolution of his own artistic practice.

• Film Series: Modern Masters of Film: From Edison to Scorsese, 2 and 8 p.m. March 3-17. Join us this for the continuation of screenings featuring highlights from MoMA’s expansive film collection. View rare archival prints from The Museum of Modern Art’s film collection. (Films)

• Family Day: Modern People, Sunday, noon-5 p.m. March 11. Be a thoroughly modern family when you come to the High to see Picasso to Warhol. Explore each artist’s interpretation of the human figure. Move your body like Matisse’s Dance (I) in a modern dance workshop. Design your own Brancusi-like artist studio that you’ll photograph yourself in and piece together a Cubist-inspired face that’s fit for Picasso’s approval. (Family Programming)

• Friday Jazz, Friday, 5-10 p.m. March 16. Join us for Friday Jazz in March with saxophonist Mace Hibbard. Friday Jazz is an evening of art & music on the third Friday of the month, including drawing in the galleries and extended hours with full gallery access and food and drink available for purchase. (Special Events & Lectures)

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