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Take note: Two weeks to go in ‘Picasso to Warhol’s’ run at High Museum

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

With two weeks remaining in the run, nearly 300,000 have taken in the High Museum of Art exhibit “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters,” making the show drawn from the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection the fifth highest-attended exhibit in High history.

For those who haven’t yet checked out “Picasso to Warhol,” or who want to make one final visit before it closes on April 29, advance reservations are encouraged.

Special “Picasso to Warhol” viewing opportunities include:

  • Half-price tickets are available during Thursday Nights at the High, a good opportunity to avoid weekend crowds, 4-8 p.m. Thursday and April 26. A guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection is offered at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hours will be extended for Friday Jazz, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, with music by tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III and trumpet player/vocalist Joe Gransden.
  • The special Culture Shock event “Go Out With a Pop,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m. April 28, offers a viewing of “Picasso to Warhol” plus a chance to experiment in a DIY silkscreen studio, take a screen test, participate in curator-led Pop Talks and catch some live music. Tickets: $20; $10 for members and students with a valid I.D.

The Midtown museum’s multi-year collaboration with MoMA continues with the photography exhibit “Picturing New York/Picturing the South,” June 9-Sept. 2. Another major installment in the partnership, “Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913-2013,” follows Oct. 13-Jan. 20, 2013. The exhibit will present some 100 works reflecting how artists responded to and were influenced by events on the world stage, from the onset of the Great Depression to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Pieces by contemporary artists will be included to represent the art of today.

As of last week, “Picasso to Warhol” had drawn 285,963, surpassing last year’s “Dali: The Late Work” exhibit (270,000).

The top-drawing shows in High history are:

1. “Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece” (545,000)

2. “Louvre Atlanta: The Royal Collections” (446,752)

3. “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” (403,469)

4. “Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Ancient World” (342,412).

For context, the run of “Picasso to Warhol” is a little over six months (as was “Terracotta Army’s”), while the Louvre shows ran 10 to 11 months.

Normal High hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; until 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $18; $15, students and seniors; $11, ages 6-17; free, children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

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