What’s Showing/Coming at the High Museum

Feb 23, 2020

In View at the High Museum 

From the bold currency of its own architecture to the energy that arises persistently from its programming and exhibits, the High Museum has been a beating heart for Atlanta. Far more than a place, the High is an Atlanta treasure, adding immeasurably to our sense of place, and its dynamism is one of the pacesetters of the Atlanta spirit.

Founded as the Atlanta Art Association in 1905, installed at the stately High family home on Peachtree Street in 1926, reborn and expanded by the Atlanta arts community after a tragic Paris plane crash in 1962 took with it much of Atlanta’s art leadership, the High opened in its current home in 1983 – a triumphant, award-winning, sculptural achievement in itself.

The ability to project Atlanta onto the world stage has been greatly enhanced by the work of the High, and in its neighborhood, the custom homes of John Weiland there are living heirs of this ability.

The Relevant Crossroads

In keeping with the heritage of Atlanta as a crossroads, the High Museum exhibit “Figures of Speech,” on view through March 8, dives deep into the work of artist Virgil Abloh, whose work frankly explores the intersection of fashion and communication. Now creative director of Louis Vuitton’s line of menswear, Abloh has long blended different media, including words and signs from today, along with paintings from past centuries, to bring our attention to the dialogue that is implicit in art. 

The respected Atlanta collector, Paul Stein, donated to the High Museum recently the 50 19th Century drawings now on display through March 22, titled “Fine Lines.”  In the days before innovations made photography a popular obsession, the skills of drawing were used widely in American society, leaving us a legacy that documents facets of daily life from the monumental to the everyday, as seen and rendered by an equally wide-ranging spectrum of artists. Stein’s gift arrays a part of this invaluable record of American life before us. In addition, a bit of his collection of watercolors is on loan, rounding out the exhibit.

An ongoing exhibit in the High Museum permanent collection, The Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection of late-19th Century and early-20th Century French paintings, is particularly noteworthy. In it, the Shaheens carefully compiled works that illustrate the turning point from classical to impressionist art. Ranging from pre-impressionist realism, to Monet’s and Pissarro’s light-capturing impressionism, to the expressive candor of figure studies by Modigliani and Matisse, this exhibit presents the pivot that brought art into the modern era. For such a collection to reside in Atlanta is yet another example of the Shaheen’s philanthropic energy and generosity.

For Families and Neighbors

The High Museum is as kind to families and neighbors as it is integrated into the international arts community. Weekly social events and a summer art camp are just a few examples of how the High harmonizes a global point of view with a distinctly Atlanta sense of residence like the custom homes of John Weiland. For more information on how to own at One Museum Place, visit https://ompatlanta.com/contact/ or contact us at 404.788.9967.