August is the perfect time to duck into a museum. Not only will you find a cool escape from summer temperatures, but you also will up your own cool factor. It’s really difficult to visit a museum and not walk out knowing something you didn’t previously know.
So, what are the cool people doing at the High this month? Take a look.
“Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” On exhibit through Sept. 30, this fabulous exhibition was organized by the prestigious National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. While it is primarily an exhibition of self-taught artists, it also includes the works of trained artists.
Among the works of art, Georgians will recognize pieces created by our state’s own Howard Finster.
The curators have organized the exhibit into three historical periods, but it’s entirely possible to just stroll among the more than 250 works and enjoy the art without any particular context.
If you find this exhibit especially satisfying, consider attending one of the museum’s “Outliers” Conversation Pieces on Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. when you’ll hear 30-minute in-gallery conversations focusing on a particular piece of art in the exhibit. The remaining dates are Aug. 14, 21 and 28; and Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25.
“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.” Arriving at the High straight from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this fanciful exhibit includes more than 200 works that span 90 years of Pooh history, from 1920 to today. It’s a fun, lighthearted exhibit that makes you feel happy. Read all about it here. And, hurry, Winnie leaves the High on Sept. 2.
During the museum’s Second Sundays event on Aug. 12, you get free admission and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities will include Winnie-themed art-making workshops and interactive story times.
“Eeyore,” said Owl, “Christopher Robin is giving a party.” (A.A. Milne)
And, lucky for Atlantans and people visiting Atlanta, the High Museum is also throwing something of a party, all about Winne-the-Pooh and lots of amazing self-taught artits, Outliers.
Bonus: If you have the kids in tow, they''ll surely have a ball at the new outdoor exhibit (no need to buy a ticket), "Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki." Just outside the High's front door on Sifly Piazza, it's an installation of sound sculptures that modify and transmit sounds in unusual ways.
Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.