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High Museum importing art, artifacts from Habsburg Dynasty for fall 2015

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

The High Museum of Art, which has steadily imported world masterpieces since attracting massive crowds and attention for its Centennial Olympics exhibition “Rings: Five Passions in World Art” nearly two decades ago, will bring another trove to Atlanta in fall 2015.

The museum announced Friday morning that it will host “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections,” 93 artworks and artifacts from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Including many works never before seen in the U.S., the exhibit will be on view Oct. 18, 2015 through Jan. 17, 2016.

The principal sovereign dynasty across Europe from the late Middle Ages all the way into the early 20th century, the Habsburgs also commanded a remarkable art collection. Much of it was commissioned by members of the extended royal family from the finest artists of their day.

Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Giorgione, Correggio and Tintoretto are among those who will be strongly …

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Filmmaker Robbie Land wins $20,000 2014 Artadia Atlanta Award

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Robbie Land has been selected for 2014 Artadia Atlanta Award prize of $20,000, the New York-based foundation Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue announced Thursday.

Top three finalists Paul Stephen Benjamin, Bethany Collins and Lauri Stallings each will receive a $8,000 award.

Independent filmmaker Land was a finalist for the $50,000 Hudgens Prize last year that went to Georgia State University art professor Pam Longobardi.

Longobardi was one of 10 finalists for the Artadia Atlanta Award, selected from more than 240 applicants. The others (in addition to Land, Benjamin, Collins and Stallings) were Sheila Pree Bright,  Ruth Dusseault, Jody Fausett,  Tommy Nease and P. Seth Thompson.

Jurors for the Atlanta prize were High Museum of Art curator Michael Rooks; Carter Foster, a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and Christopher Y. Lew, an assistant curator, MoMA PS1 in New York.

Here is some background from Artadia’s release:

Rooks …

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Culture notes: At 30, Young Audiences changing name; Hilty to star at Alliance benefit

ARTS
At 30, Young Audiences changing name

Young Audiences, the Woodruff Arts Center division that celebrated its 30th anniversary at a benefit luncheon Monday, has announced it is changing its name. Beginning June 1, it will become Arts for Learning, Woodruff Arts Center. “Our work is not only about exposing students to the arts as audience members, but also actively engaging them in their own learning,” explained Charisse Williams, president of the arts-in-education organization that serves more than 250,000 Georgia students annually. www.yawac.org. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Hilty to star at Alliance benefit

Alliance Theatre has announced that stage and screen star Megan Hilty has replaced Rita Wilson as featured performer at the 6th annual A Tony Evening fund-raiser at the W Hotel-Midtown at 7 p.m. May 10. The theater cited a Wilson family obligation for the change. The party, which also will feature Atlanta singer Francine Reed, benefits the Alliance’s programs for youth and …

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Culture notes: High Museum to present sound installation; Drouet named 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award winner

VISUAL ART
High Museum to present choral music installation
The High Museum of Art has announced that it will present an installation by sound artist Janet Cardiff, “The Forty Part Motet,” starting this fall.

From the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, the installation reworks a 1556 choral piece for 40 voices, featuring 59 singers performing Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui.”

The voices were recorded separately but are played in unison through 40 loudspeakers on tripods. As visitors move among the speakers, they hear distinct voices and also varied harmonies.

“The Forty Part Motet” will run Oct. 11 through Jan. 18, 2015, concurrent with the previously announced exhibit “‘Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.” www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER

Drouet named 2014-15 Emerging Artist Award winner
Amandine Drouet has been named the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award winner for 2014-15.

Drouet receives a $10,000 grant and will be …

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Atlanta Ballet promotes Arturo Jacobus to president/CEO, signs him through ‘19

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Securing its leadership team for a run deep into this decade, Atlanta Ballet has extended the contract of executive director Arturo Jacobus for five years, promoting him to president and CEO.

In his fifth season with the company, which operates with a $9.9 million annual budget, Jacobus has presided over a period of economic stabilization that has spurred artistic growth.

Under his watch, Atlanta Ballet completed a $20.7 million“Choreographing Our Future” capital campaign, the largest fund-raising effort in its 85-year history, and moved into West Midtown’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, a renovated 55,000-square-foot former factory.

He also led the ballet to establish an artistic innovation fund that has helped attract top choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin and Alexei Ratmansky. Additionally, the company brought back the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, appointed choreographer in residence Helen Pickett and launched the current season at a …

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Culture notes: Tellus Science Museum up for lunar eclipse; preview Christie’s auction at Lenox hotel

EVENTS
Tellus to open late for lunar eclipse

It’s a school night, but Tellus Science Museum officials think the total lunar eclipse happening in the wee hours of April 15 has such educational value for future scientists that the Cartersville attraction plans to be open from 1 to 5:30 a.m.

The observatory and all the galleries will be open throughout, and the planetarium will offer sky tours and eclipse demonstrations at 2, 3 and 4 a.m.

In addition to the observatory’s 20-inch PlaneWave telescope, smaller telescopes on the museum grounds will be aimed at the moon. Images of the moon will be broadcast from the observatory into the theater, where Tellus experts will provide running commentary. Should the skies over the museum become cloudy, it will broadcast the eclipse image from a clear site elsewhere in North or South America.

Regular admission applies: $14; $12 ages 65 and up; $10 students and ages 3-17; free, active military with ID. 100 Tellus Drive (Exit 293 off I-75), …

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Hank Aaron exhibit to open at Emory on April 24

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Hank Aaron, who was honored by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his record-breaking 715th home run, will be the subject of a small exhibit opening April 24 at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

“He Had a Hammer: The Legacy of Hank Aaron in Baseball and American Culture” will include scouting reports, fan and hate mail, photos and posters.

The exhibit was drawn from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), including recently processed and now available-to-the-public materials from the collection of former Braves executive Richard A. Cecil. It was co-curated by Emory baseball players Kyle Arbuckle, Warren Kember and Brett Lake.

Through Aug. 10. Free, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. www.web.library.emory.edu.

Here is more from Emory on Dick Cecil’s baseball collection:

Cecil’s Hank Aaron materials in MARBL include scouting reports that assess Aaron’s potential as a Major League Baseball prospect; telegrams …

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Culture notes: Atlanta artist creates Kentucky Derby posters; Spano, Stallings, Stansell to collaborate

VISUAL ART
Atlanta artist creates Derby posters
Susan Easton Burns fell under the spell of horses as a girl growing up in upstate New York, enjoys the equestrian life today and has found the powerful animals an inspiring subject for her paintings that merge motion with emotion.

The Kentucky Derby tapped the Atlanta painter as the official artist of its 140th running, and she has created posters for it and the preliminary Kentucky Oaks race.

Marietta’s Dk Gallery will host an art talk and poster signing event from 2 to 6 p.m. April 12.

“The artistic challenge for me was to remember what the day really represents and to convey that meaning as honestly as possible,” Burns said in her Derby artist biography. “Thousands of people have spent countless hours establishing two small minutes as a reminder of some simple principles that guide us in the universe. Unity, the pursuit of excellence and honoring those who came before us are some of the principles that apply …

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Tri-Cities, Milton top Shuler Hensley Award high school musical nominations

THEATER
High school musical nominees announced

Milton High School and Tri-Cities High School lead the pack in nominations for the Shuler Hensley Awards (also known as the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards), announced Wednesday. The two Fulton County schools each scored 14 nominations.

Other nominee leaders are West Forsyth School (11) and Johns Creek and Calhoun high schools (10 each).

In all, 34 schools received either a nomination or an honorable mention. Full list: www.shulerawards.org.

The awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets, $20: 1-800-653-8000, ticketmaster.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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Foundation explores reviving Pasaquan folk art environment

BY SALLY HANSELL / FOR THE AJC

When outsider artist Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM, died in 1986, he left behind a visionary art complex of painted concrete walls, totems and pagoda-like structures near Buena Vista.

Named Pasaquan, the folk art site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The Pasaquan Preservation Society has maintained the 7-acre site for more than two decades, but preventing deterioration has been more than the small, volunteer group could handle.

That’s where the Kohler Foundation may come in. The preservation of art environments, folk architecture and collections of self-taught artists is a major thrust of the Wisconsin foundation.

Kohler executive director Terri Yoho and a team of contractors and conservators assessed Pasaquan’s repair needs on March 25. Floors are collapsing in some of the buildings, and paint is fading and flaking off murals of giant flowers, wave patterns and geometric motifs.

The next day the …

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