Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods
August 8, 2009–January 3, 2010
Organized by the High Museum of Art, this exhibition is part of the “Picturing the South” commission series, representing one of the most distinctive and internationally significant aspects of the High’s growing photography collection. Alec Soth is the sixth photographer to have been commissioned in this series. Previous participants have included Dawoud Bey, Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach and Alex Webb. This exhibition explores spiritual and hermetic life in the rural South including studies that represent a variety of nature subjects, examples of manmade intervention (tree houses, forts, cabins and tents) and portraits (hermits, monks, campers and survivalists). Inspired by Flannery O’Connor, Soth creates photographs that are full of warmth and humor with narrative elements that are suggestive of Southern Gothic literature.
Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius
October 6, 2009–February 21, 2010
Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s profound interest in and influence on sculpture, this exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, including more than 20 sketches and studies by Leonardo, some of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. The exhibition will also feature work by Donatello, Rubens, Verrocchio, and Rustici—including Rustici’s three monumental bronzes from the façade of the Baptistery in Florence that comprise “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee,” which was recently restored and has never left Florence. Also included are works from world-renowned collections, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. The exhibition will shed new light on Leonardo’s seminal role in the development of Renaissance sculpture and the work of artists who followed him through an examination of the sculpture that Leonardo studied, the sketches and studies he created for his own sculptural projects (the majority of which were never realized), and his interactions with other Renaissance sculptors. “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” is organized by the High Museum of Art in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy. The exhibition is generously supported by Lead Corporate Partner Delta Air Lines and sponsor Campanile Plaza. Support has also been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Leonardo Society members Loraine P. Williams, Lanier-Goodman Foundation, Morgens West Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Rollins, with additional support from the Atlanta Foundation. Cargo support of the Sforza horse is provided by UPS. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
John Portman: Art & Architecture
October 17, 2009–January 17, 2010
The High Museum of Art will be the sole venue for “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” an exhibition featuring architectural projects, furniture, paintings, and sculpture by Atlanta-based architect and artist John Portman. The fifteen completed and current architectural projects that will be featured span five decades of national and international developments, including the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967) that is globally renowned as the first modern atrium hotel. The projects will be presented with large-scale photographs, design plans, elevations, text, articles, and in some cases, architectural models. The exhibition will also feature paintings and sculptures by Portman—most never before publicly exhibited. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with a major essay introduction by Paul Goldberger, noted historian and Architecture Critic for “The New Yorker” since 1997. “John Portman: Art & Architecture” is organized by the High Museum of Art, and is curated by Jeffrey Grove, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The Portrait Unbound: Photographs by Robert Weingarten
January 23–May 30, 2010
The High will premier an exhibition of new work by California-based photographer Robert Weingarten in January 2010. Consisting of twenty large-scale (60 x 90 in.) digitally created portraits of American icons, Weingarten’s project represents a bold departure from traditional camera portraiture. In “The Portrait Unbound,” Weingarten has created photographs that are highly sophisticated digital compositions of imagery that allude to specific interests, achievements or moments within the subject’s life. The result is a unique and compelling composite of images which describes the subject through biographical rather than physical information. “The Portrait Unbound: Photographs by Robert Weingarten” is organized by the High Museum and is curated by Julian Cox, the High’s Curator of Photography.
The Allure of the Automobile
March 21– June 20, 2010
The exhibition will present 18 of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars ranging from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. These cars combine state-of-the-art engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and groundbreaking design to create works of “rolling sculpture.” The 18 automobiles on view at the High will include one-of-a-kind, custom-built designs that incorporate remarkable advances in automotive styling and engineering. The sections of the exhibition will trace the evolution of the motorcar, examining the contrasts between European and American design, the influence of decorative arts and design and the significant changes in automotive styling and engineering both before and after World War II. The featured automobiles have also won awards at prestigious world events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, broken records on racetracks and were previously owned by noted car enthusiasts such as Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Steve McQueen. “The Allure of the Automobile” is organized by the High Museum of Art. The exhibition is made possible by its Lead Corporate Sponsor, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Additional support provided by NAPA. The exhibition’s guest curator is Ken Gross, writer, automotive historian and former executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Ron Labaco, the High’s curator of decorative arts and design, is the managing curator. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century
June 5, 2010 – August 29, 2010
This exhibition is the first critical survey of contemporary Western European decorative arts and product design from the turn of the 21st century. Organized along the counterbalanced themes of modernism and postmodernism, the seminal works on display reveal the various stylistic movements that changed the face of design worldwide in the two decades after 1985. The furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, and metalwork range from familiar mass-produced objects to limited-edition luxury goods by such celebrity designers as Philippe Starck and Marc Newson, and rising younger talents such as Marcel Wanders and Tord Boontje. European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum in conjunction with Kingston University, London.
Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine
February 5, 2011 – May 8, 2011
This exhibition of more than 20 works—many large in scale and all created since 1994—looks at the influence of African art on the work of Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey. Featuring floor and wall sculptures, works-on-paper, and glass works, the exhibition highlights the artist’s experimentation with diverse forms. African sculptures supplement the exhibition. The exhibition takes its title, “Memory as Medicine,” from sets of “cabinet sculptures,” conceived by the artist as medicine cabinets for his socially cathartic art. Their contents include a broad range of culturally charged objects, imagery, and raw materials—from indigo to tobacco leaves to Georgia red earth—to lyrically connect the dots of the too-often disconnected histories of peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora. Bailey’s art—informed by a strong social and historical consciousness—combines a rich, narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance to explore questions of history and memory.
Monet Water Lilies
June 6–August 23, 2009
The exhibition will present four masterpieces by Claude Monet from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. The installation will feature MoMA’s renowned 42-foot-wide triptych, “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond,” which is the largest “Water Lilies” painting in the U.S. It will also include another monumental painting of the water lilies in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France (“Water Lilies,” c. 1920), as well as “The Japanese Footbridge” (c. 1920-22) and “Agapanthus” (1918-19), depicting the majestic plants bordering the pond. The High’s presentation of “Monet Water Lilies” launches a multi-year, multi-exhibition collaboration between the High and MoMA, with additional exhibitions currently under development for 2011 through 2013. The exhibition, which will subsequently go on view at MoMA from September 13, 2009, through March 29, 2010, is organized by Ann Temkin, the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. “Monet Water Lilies” is a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibitions and programs of the MoMA Series are made possible by Bank of America, The Modern Masters Circle of the High Museum of Art, and Planning Partner: The Rich Foundation. Insurance support is provided by AXA Art.
Richard Misrach: On the Beach
June 6–August 23, 2009
The High will host a nationally touring exhibition of 20 large-scale photographs by Richard Misrach (b. 1949), a recognized pioneer of large-scale color photography. Most known for his images of the American Desert, five years ago he turned to a new subject–the beach, instead capturing monumental images of the ocean, sunbathers and swimmers. This exhibition marks the largest exhibition of works from the series ever to be on view together. Begun in the days immediately following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the series was made over a five-year period and speaks to the sense of physical and psychological vulnerability that pervaded the nation’s consciousness at that time. The exhibition was organized and debuted at the Art Institute of Chicago in September 2007, and has subsequently traveled to The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. “Richard Misrach: On the Beach” was initiated by The Art Institute of Chicago.
Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell
Through August 2, 2009
One of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American art, Professor David C. Driskell has made invaluable contributions to scholarship in the history of art and the role of the African American artist in American society. “Evolution” is presented in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the High’s David C. Driskell Prize, and will feature 80 prints that will provide insight into Driskell’s artistic process and development. Organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, the exhibition premiered at the Driskell Center’s new gallery and will travel to the Wichita Art Museum (August 1 through November 15, 2008), the High Museum of Art (April 21 through August 2, 2009) and the Portland Museum of Art (October 27, 2009, through January 17, 2010).
This exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Generous support is provided by Lead Sponsor, Sandra Anderson Baccus, with supporting sponsorship from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Anthony Ames, Architect: Residential Landscapes
Through August 23, 2009
This exhibition of twenty-six paintings, eight architectural models and one dinnerware set by nationally recognized Atlanta-based architect Anthony Ames will showcase pieces from nearly three decades of work, beginning in 1980, and examine Ames’s role as a Late Modernist architect. The exhibition of twenty-six paintings will showcase Anthony Ames’ interest in the two-dimensional depiction of three-dimensional space, decorative patterns, color relationships and narrative references. Eight architectural models will reflect Ames’ interest in the construction of three-dimensional form and space, as well as the influence of the architectural designs of Le Corbusier, Giuseppe Terragni and Richard Meier. The dinnerware piece will showcase the modernist design of the dinnerware set from the High’s collection which was inspired by purist “object-types” such as bottle, pitcher, plate and egg.
Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece
Through September 13, 2009
In the final year of “Louvre Atlanta,” this exhibition explores how the definition of a “masterpiece,” as well as taste and connoisseurship, has changed over time. The exhibition features ninety-one works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre’s collection areas, spanning 4,000 years. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and drawings reflect three major themes: the changing historical and cultural definitions of a masterpiece, authenticity and connoisseurship, and the evolution of taste and scholarship. Highlights include Jan Vermeer’s “The Astronomer” and George de la Tour’s “Card Sharp,” as well as drawings and prints by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Dürer. In addition, several themes are explored through an in-depth examination of one significant object: French sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye’s bronze “Lion Crushing a Serpent.” These include the significance of technical mastery and the creative process and the impact of the artist’s reputation. In addition to text labels, audio guides and docent tours, the exhibitions are enhanced by interactive tools organized by the High, together with MuseumLab, an international alliance initiated by the Louvre for which the High serves as the only U.S. partner.
Lead patronage for the project has been provided by longtime Board Member Anne Cox Chambers. Accenture is the Presenting Partner. UPS, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and AXA Art Insurance are Lead Corporate Partners for “Louvre Atlanta.” The Foundation Partner is The Sara Giles Moore Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Forward Arts Foundation, Frances B. Bunzl and Tull Charitable Foundation. The Rich Foundation serves as Planning Partner for the project. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
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