Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Events at the High Museum Sunday, January 18 to Sunday, January 25

Louvre Atlanta Art Change: January 25 will be the last day to see the Michelangelo drawings in “The Louvre in the Masterpiece.” They will be replaced with nature drawings by Pisanello, and two sculptures by the Master of Mussy will replace Messerschmidt's “Character Head.”

Thursday, January 22, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Museum offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. This is a great way to see special exhibitions and avoid the weekend crowds, especially to see “The First Emperor,” which has already received nearly 150,000 visitors since its opening and was named a Top 10 Exhibition of 2008 by Time Magazine. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

Lecture: Inside the Louvre's Drawings Cabinet: Caring for Works on Paper
Saturday, January 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; Hill Auditorium

This is the second annual program of the Gudmund Vigtel Works on Paper Fund. Carel van Tuyll, Chief Curator of the Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre, will discuss caring for the world’s greatest drawings collection. Mr. van Tuyll is one of the world’s foremost drawings experts and has written extensively on the drawings of Annibale Carracci and Rembrandt. Joining Mr. van Tuyll is Leslie Paisley, works on paper conservator at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and Dr. Sheldon Peck, a collector of Dutch and Flemish Old Master drawings.

This program is free and seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000 and online at www.high.org. Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.

SPECIAL EVENT: College Night ARTBreak
Saturday, January 24, 7 p.m. to midnight

The 11th annual College Night will celebrate Chinese New Year and is themed in cooridnation with the museum’s current popular exhibition, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army.” In addition to live musical performances by Beatrix*JAR and The Grapetree Collective (featuring groups No Face, Supreme, and The Hotels), students and visitors will enjoy a night of gallery viewing, art-making, a Kung-fu film festival, and food and non-alcoholic bevergaes for purchase. Admission: $8 with valid student I.D.; free for student members; $18 general public

FILM SERIES: 4th annual Danish Film Festival
Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17; Rich Theatre
The Danish Film Festival returns to the High Museum of Art for its fourth year, from January 16 through January 24, 2009.

“Hugo the Movie Star” Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.
This English-language version of the popular animated Danish children's series is about Hugo, the world's rarest and cutest creature. Because he is so adorable, he ends up being kidnapped by a pair of filmmakers who are hungry for a hit. Hugo's long-lost best friend, a fox named Rita, is determined to set him free. But by the time she finds him, Hugo has become accustomed to celebrity and isn't sure that he wants to return to life in the forest. This film is appropriate for children 3 and older. (Denmark, 1996, 69 minutes.) In English.

“The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun” Friday, January 23
Winner of the Danish Critics’ Prize for documentary, “The Monastery” is an oddly endearing, seriously funny film that offers definitive proof that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s the story of an ornery, isolated, and retired parish priest and a confirmed bachelor named Mr. Vig, who nurtures the dream of turning the crumbling castle he calls home into a monastery. This obsession leads him to contact the Russian Orthodox Church, whose officials are intrigued but not entirely sold on the offer. They decide to send out an exploratory force of nuns, led by Sister Amvrosija, a vigorous, determined woman half Vig’s age whose take-charge attitude quickly sets her at odds with her host. The battle of wills is on, and director Pernille Rose Gronkjaer captures it in what “Eye for Film’s” Andrew Robertson called “a wonderful little film, a delightful portrait of two very different characters . . . a meditation on the nature of faith and desire.” (Denmark, 2007, 84 minutes.) In Danish, Russian, and English with subtitles.

“Just Like Home” Saturday, January 24
This charming comedy from director Lone Scherfig (“Italian for Beginners”, “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself”) centers on a small Danish town where the comfortingly predictable cycle of life is threatened by the report of a naked man roaming the streets at night. Hearing about the anonymous streaker, the village’s construction workers call a strike, leaving the town square looking like a bomb site. A group of concerned citizens takes over the community’s emergency hotline and decides to use it to ferret out the culprit. Scherfig’s amiable cast of eccentrics and her loose, improvisational style make for a film that, in the director’s words, affirms “the fundamental belief that people you hardly know will want the best for you.” (Denmark, 2007, 97 minutes.) In Danish with subtitles.


Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center

· Thursday, January 22: Painted Lanterns - Light up the sky with your own decorative lantern. Play with patterns and shapes to create a unique design all your own!

Experience this popular pre-school art education program! Parents and their children ages 2 to 4 are encouraged to look at works of art within the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collections as well as to create a masterpiece to take home. Drop by any time and stay as long as you like. A treat for parents and toddlers! Sponsored by Carters/ OshKosh.

No registration required. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

Saturdays: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center

Saturday, January 24: DIY Discoveries: Fabric Fortune Cookies - An exciting and creative opportunity awaits you in the studio. Find yourself full of fortune as we hand-sew a colorful assortment of the popular Chinese cookie.

With activities ranging from three-dimensional sculptures to figural collages, your family is sure to have an enriching hands-on art making experience! Saturday Studio is offered each Saturday at the High.

No registration required. Free with museum admission and free to members


Mondays CLOSED
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.

* Friday Jazz (3rd Friday of every month) 5 to 10 p.m.
Check www.High.org for special extended hours during special exhibitions and events.
Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and December 25.


$18 Adult
$15 Senior citizens and college students with ID
$11 Children ages 6 to 17
Free Children under age 6 and Members

Tickets are available online at www.High.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the High Museum admission desk, Woodruff Arts Center box office, or by phone, 404-733-5000 (404-733-5386 TTD). All ticket orders placed via phone will incur a $3.00/ticket service charge.

Audio Guides
An audio guide including both “The First Emperor” and “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” will be available for purchase—$5 for general public; $3 for Members, complete group bookings, and ages 17 and under. The audio guide will be included for school group admission.

CityPass Tickets
Includes admission to 6 Atlanta attractions. $69 for adults (a $119 value) and $49 for children 3 – 12 (an $89 value). For more information on CityPass, please visit www.citypass.com/city/atlanta.

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