Things To Do Before or After Visiting the High Museum of Art

Make a day of it by catching a museum exhibit, grabbing a bite and shopping in Midtown Atlanta.
  • The High's Ashley Bryan exhibit inspires.
    The High's Ashley Bryan exhibit inspires.
  • This photo in the Civil Rights exhibit at the High speaks volumes. (Hudson)
    This photo in the Civil Rights exhibit at the High speaks volumes. (Hudson)
  • See this Humanest by South African-born Porky Hefer at the High's "Making Africa" exhibit.
    See this Humanest by South African-born Porky Hefer at the High's "Making Africa" exhibit.

Art plus food plus shopping make for a perfect day in Atlanta. Start at the High Museum of Art where there are four visiting exhibits on display, then grab a bite at a nearby restaurant and finish your day off by doing a little shopping in Virginia-Highland.

At the Museum

My favorite of the four temporary exhibits at the High is small but mighty. “’A Fire That No Water Could Put Out:’ Civil Rights Photography” takes its title from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech before he was assassinated in 1968. For those of us who lived through that tumultuous time, it takes us back, once again, to those days filled with both hate (from the oppressors) and hope (from the protesters and leaders). Even though the exhibit, on display through May 27, 2018, is small (40 plus photographs), its impact is powerful. Here’s a brief look at the three other exhibits.

  • “Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan.” This one is leaving soon (Jan. 21, 2018), so if you’ve been meaning to see the bright, hopeful illustrations of this writer and illustrator of children’s books, get going. Read about the exhibit here.

  • “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design.” If you are interested in Africa and the creativity taking place there, then leave yourself plenty of time because there is a great deal to read and absorb in this comprehensive exhibit, which closes Jan. 7, 2018. The works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics and more.

  • “Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At,” on display through March 18, 2018, is an unusual exhibit showing Taylor’s penchant for turning ordinary objects like broom handles into three-dimensional works.

Time for Lunch

If it’s lunch you are after, try one of these 10 Best Restaurants for Lunch in Midtown Atlanta or one of the Best Restaurants in Midtown Atlanta.

Retail Therapy

One of Midtown’s most-loved neighborhoods is Virginia-Highland, with a walkable, friendly shopping area. Stop in Dakota J’s for clothing, jewelry, accessories and an all-around hip atmosphere. Try Urban Cottage for household items including furniture, kitchen essentials and a whole lot more. Satisfy your chocolate craving at Cacao Café.  

For more information about Atlanta museums, check here

For more Midtown dining options, check here.

And for more about Atlanta's top shopping districts, check here.

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

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