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High Museum-MOCA GA partner in exhibit

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Criticized by some for striking partnerships with world-class museums such as the Louvre and MoMA while stinting on attention to Atlanta’s maturing visual arts scene, the High Museum of Art announced Friday that it will mount an exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s (MOCA GA) permanent collection this fall.

On view from Sept. 2 to Feb. 5, 2012, the High exhibition will comprise approximately 40 paintings and drawing by Georgia artists created between 1960 and 2010 from the holdings of the Buckhead visual arts nonprofit.

“I look forward to providing a platform for the presentation of work by Georgia artists in the broader context of the High Museum’s modern and contemporary collections,” High curator of modern and contemporary art Michael Rooks said in a statement.

Rooks is working with MOCA GA president and CEO Annette Cone-Skelton on the exhibit. The collaboration gained traction last September, when the High transferred 21 works by Georgia artists from its collection to MOCA GA.

Meanwhile, the High is organizing a nationally touring exhibit by Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey, “Memory As Medicine,” that will open at the Midtown museum on June 26.

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