Reinstalled Galleries Create New Experience at High Museum of Art

Atlanta's High Museum of Art has reinstalled its galleries and redesigned its children's area. It's time to revisit the High.
  • Discover your inner art lover (or artist) at the High Museum of Art.
    Discover your inner art lover (or artist) at the High Museum of Art.

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art  just reopened its reinstalled galleries and the expanded and redesigned Greene Family Learning Gallery for kids. Even if you have visited the galleries before, the reinstallation, with new pathways and improved sight lines, causes you to notice works of art that, perhaps, didn't catch your eye before. The best word to describe the Greene Family Learning Gallery is "Wow." 

But first, the reinstalled galleries. Make your visit a scavenger hunt and see if you can find the following works:

African Art 
Look for a royal mask from Cameroon and a kente cloth from the Asante region of Ghana.

Self-taught and Folk Art   
Discover the Henry Church sculpture, "A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed," and Mattie Lou O'Kelley's "Spring Vegetable Scene."

European Art and New Special Exhibition Gallery 
Don't miss works by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Émile Bernard.  

American Art and Decorative Arts 
Here's where to find genre, portrait and landscape paintings and sculptures by artists including Edmonia Lewis, Mary Cassatt, Martin Johnson Heade, Henry Ossawa Tanner and John Singer Sargent.

The renowned Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection -- the most comprehensive survey of 10th- and early 20th-century American decorative arts in the Southeast -- features works by Tiffany & Co. and Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Modern and Contemporary Art and Contemporary Design 
Check out contemporary design objects including jewelry, fashion, ceramics, furniture and other media by Iris van Herpen, Joris Laarman, Tejo Remy and Zaha Hadid.

Photography and Works on Paper:
Can you find "A Young Man in Curlers" by Diane Arbus?   


Fifty years ago, the High introduced its first dedicated space for families. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this commitment, the museum has redesigned its Greene Family Learning Gallery, and the result produces repeated “Wows” from those who experience it. It is safe to say that families who take their kids to the new spaces will find their children wanting (maybe begging)  to return. There even are safe spaces for babies and toddlers to explore, on a smaller scale, the same things their big brothers and sisters are experiencing. 

Take a look, below, at the new Greene Family Learning Gallery spaces and also at a few of the works of art on display at the High for the very first time. Then -- what are you waiting for? --  plan a trip to the all-new High Museum of Art.

Greene Family Learning Gallery spaces

Tiptoe, dance or stand still and wave your arms in front of this exhibit to make the colors move and change in the spectacular Greene Family Learning Gallery. The experience is quite addictive. (Kristen Brown)

Greene Family Learning Gallery 

Kids can draw their hand, paint it, then hang it up for all to see in this section of the colorful Greene Family Learning Gallery.


The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin 2015

You cannot miss Kara Walker's "The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin," 2015, cut paper on wall. At 60-feet wide, this showstopper takes up an entire wall in the Contemporary and Modern Gallery. (See below for complete description.)

Thornton Dial Sr. (American, 1928-2016), "Crossing Waters," 2006-2011

The museum's Folk and Self-taught Art Department holds one of the most significant public collections of American self-taught art in the world. A stroll through this gallery underscores the fact that people will create art whether or not they have access to artistic materials. Without access or the means to purchase proper materials, these artists simply use objects they find around them. The piece above, on view for the first time, is: Thornton Dial Sr. (American, 1928-2016), "Crossing Waters," 2006-2011, wire fencing, clothing, cloth, wood, metal, corrugated tin, shoe, ceramic figurines and paint on canvas and wood. Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2017.42. 

Henry Inman (American 1801-1846), "Shingaba W'Ossin (Chippewa)," ca. 1831-1834, oil on canvas.

One more piece on view for the first time: Henry Inman (American 1801-1846), "Shingaba W'Ossin (Chippewa)," ca. 1831-1834, oil on canvas. Gift of Ann and Tom Cousins. 2017.121.

Before or after you visit the High Museum of Art, grab a bite at one of these Midtown restaurants. And find information on more museums to visit in Atlanta. 

Complete description of Kara Walker cut paper piece above: Kara Walker (American, born 1969). "The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin," 2015, cut paper on wall. Purchase with funds from Wish Foundation, Revlon, The George Lucas Family Foundation, the Ford Motor Company, Ms. Louise S. Sams and Mr. Jerome Grilhot, Iris and Michael Smith, Robbie and D'Rita Robinson, Jiong Yang and Baxter Jones, Sarah Eby-Ebersole and Daniel Ebersole, Sara and Paul N. Steinfeld, Elizabeth and Chris Willett, Brooke and Roderick Edmond, Peggy Foreman, Friends of African American Art, and Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2016. 138. 

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.  


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