By: Sophia Brewer
When it comes to summer, there is so much to do, so much to see and so many places to go. But if Georgia happens to be on your mind and you have a GPS handy for the directions you will receive from Atlantans that often start with “Go down Peachtree,” or “When you see the Waffle House,” a must-see tourist attraction is The High Museum of Art located in midtown Atlanta.
Originally founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, the High Museum of Art has more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection. This includes 19th and 20-th century American art; and bourgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art.
Dion Mosley, Leader of Guest Relations says summer is great time for tourist to visit the Museum. “Summer exhibits are diverse so we have more artists on view,” said Mosley.
Currently on display is New York-based artist Rashid Johnson’s exhibit Message to Our Folks. Through mixed media photographs, videos and sculptures, Johnson’s brings attention to difference and individuality as he attempts to deconstruct false notions of a singular black identity.
With signature events such as Thirsty Thursdays, where visitors get to experience viewing artwork for half-price starting at 4pm and have food and drinks that are available to purchase, the High is catering to young professionals on a budget.
And if you are unable to make it on a Thursday, the first full weekend of every month is sponsored by Bank of America, where admission for B.O.A. card holders is free.
So what makes the 135,000 square-foot facility stand out from other Atlanta museums? The High houses art pieces not normally displayed in the southern region.
Maintaining the title as the premier museum in the southeast, new exhibits are revealed every three months.
Mosley says they are expecting high-turnout for Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.
“For our last exhibit, Frida &Diego: Passion, Politics & Painting, we had an estimate of 600,000 people come out, and what makes this upcoming one distinctive is that it will be held at a location for the first time outside of its country,” said Mosley.
For more information, visit High.org.
About the Author, Sophia Brewer
Sophia Brewer is a transplant to NYC from Atlanta, Ga. She obtained a M.A Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Clark Atlanta University. Throughout her studies, she interned at top news stations in Chicago and Atlanta. In addition, she served as a Publicity Assistant for a NFL player.