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Archive for the ‘Museums’ Category

Cartersville museums added to free BoA program

Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum and The Booth Western Art Museum both are free to Bank of America customers who visit this weekend.

The Cartersville museums were both added to the bank’s Museums on Us program, which offers free admission to customers one weekend a month. Upcoming weekends include March 6-7, April 3-4 and May 1-2.

The program already allows free admission to the Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art and Millennium Gate Museum, three fewer than had been offered in 2009.

Tellus and the Booth are great additions to this program, though, especially for folks who want to explore something further to the north. Here are posts I did from the Booth art museum, and from Tellus.

There are more free and and discounted days or events at museums, too, like Fulton Free Saturdays at the High Museum of Art, Target Free Second Tuesdays at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and Phoenix Flies events at The Wren’s Nest, The Center for Puppetry Arts and …

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History of Titian masterpieces coming to High Museum


Titian's "Diana and Callisto" shows the story of a nymph's expulsion from Diana's court. The painting will make its U.S. debut at the High in October.

I posted last week about Titian masterpieces that will make their United States at the High Museum of Art in October, and one reader asked for the stories of what’s happening in the paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto.”

Well, well, here’s a great multimedia history of the paintings and how they came to the National Galleries of Scotland.

If you’re just looking for the key details, know that in 1550, Titian made a deal with the crown prince Philip of Spain to create paintings based on “the loves of the Olympian gods and the consequences for any mortals who encountered them.” Among the six paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto” were the last two.

So explains the tour:

The literary source for both the Bridgewater paintings is the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a poem in fifteen books which …

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High to show Titian paintings never before seen in U.S.


Titian's "Diana and Acteon" has never been seen in the United States, but it's coming to the High, along with "Diana and Callisto" in October.

The High is about to welcome more masterpieces, AJCer Howard Pousner reports: Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will be the first museum in the United States to show two Titian masterpieces never before seen in this country.

“Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto” — what a High press release called “two of the greatest paintings of the Italian Renaissance” — will be part of a 25-piece exhibition, “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,” to open here in October.

The “Diana” paintings were originally commissioned by King Phillip II of Spain, and were acquired by the Duke of Orleans in the 18th century. They went on long-term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland in 1945, and in 2008, “Diana and Actaeon” was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and the …

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Last weekend to see High’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibit

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Workers moved three bronze figures by Giovan Francesco Rustici into the High Museum of Art's Leonardo exhibition in September. They'll be moving them out next week. AJC file photo

The High Museum of Art extended its hours this weekend to give people a few more chances to see “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius.” It’ll be the last chance — the exhibition closes on Sunday.

The museum will be open 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

I explained in this preview post that “Hand of the Genius” isn’t an expansive show of the greatest hits. It educates us about Leonardo’s influences, and offers a (very) close look at a few detailed pieces. It can look sparse, but there’s a lot to take in.

Art Critic Catherine Fox wrote of the show:

Leonardo came of age in one of the most glorious periods in western culture, when knowledge expanded, humanism took hold and culture bloomed. His artistic brilliance was rooted in his times and grounded in the artists …

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PHOTOS: ‘Cyberchase’ at Atlanta children’s museum

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Sisters Evans and Cece Miller solved a puzzle (and some math problems) at the new "Cyberchase" exhibition at Imagine It! The Children's Musuem of Atlanta on Feb. 16, 2010. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

When I walk up to an exhibition at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, I read the signs, assess how it works, consider what we can learn from it.

A kid walks up to and their hands are immediately all over it. If the balls fit here, they must go here. It’s capable of spinning? Spin, I will! There’s a button? It must be pushed.

Which is why, of course, Imagine It! is a museum for children. A new exhibition there is loaded with things to pedal, push and play with, and somewhere along the way, kids might gain some understanding of fractions, decimals and patterns.

“Cyberchase: The Chase is On!” is inspired by the PBS kiddie series, and skews a little older than many of their exhibitions –  some of the learning concepts might even be better suited for 9 and 10-year-olds. …

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Dr. Seuss exhibit to open at Breman Jewish Museum

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"Horton Hears a Who!" is part of the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum's Dr. Seuss exhibition opening Feb. 14. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

Dr. Seuss’ style is unmistakable, and Ted Geisel is leaving a mark all over Atlanta the next few weeks.


Kids can relax and read among turtles in the Seuss exhibition.

The Cobb Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will both perform pieces inspired by the famous author-illustrator’s work in the next few weeks.

The great highlight, though, will be  new exhibition opening this weekend at The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum shows his political cartooning, then dives into his famous artwork for children.

It has a tone far lighter than the heart-shaking Holocaust exhibition across the hall, but kids and adults can both get a lot out of it. The political cartoons are mostly signed “Tedd,” and show a developing style made famous by Horton and the Grinch.

The second half takes kids (and their nostalgic parents, too) …

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Exhibitions love Atlanta: Titanic, Cavalia, Diana, what next?


“Bodies…The Exhibition" had 400,000 visitors at the Atlanta Civic Center in 2006 and later returned to the Premier Exhibition Center in Atlantic Station. Atlanta can't seem to get enough exhibitions. AJC file photo

Reading this story felt like a newsy depiction of my Google calendar: “Atlanta a fast-rising star in world of major exhibitions.”

For months now, I’ve been bouncing from arena to museum to warehouse to stage to see artifacts from the Titanic, the key that locked Martin Luther King Jr. in a Birmingham jail cell, life-size dinosaurs that eat and roar, acrobats on horses, the work of Leonardo da Vinci, plastinated bodies, golden jewelry, Sesame Street puppets, Grand Canyon images, Henry Moore sculptures, Princess Diana’s wedding dress and the innards of a tornado.


Princess Diana's wedding dress is on display at the Atlanta Civic Center through June 13. AJC/Vino Wong

It seems obvious to me that the number and caliber of exhibitions around Atlanta is picking up, and I …

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History Center ‘Resistance’ slideshow a glimpse of portraits


"Let Resistance Be Your Motto" curator calls this 1963 photo "sidewalk theater." Malcolm X "picked a central place to stand, knowing there are people in and out of this store. He found a place to tell this story." This photo is up at the Atlanta HIstory Center through April. National Portrait Gallery.

Please, if you are able, visit the Atlanta History Center sometime before April and spend time in its recently opened exhibition, “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits.”

It’s the first of four exhibitions in the Center’s “Civil War to Civil Rights” series and contains nearly 70 images from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

If you can’t make it there yet — Here till April! Plenty of time! — here’s a taste of what you’ll see and how it wound up there: a slideshow of some “Resistance images” with commentary by curator Deborah Willis, a professor of photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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PHOTOS: Fernbank’s new ‘Nature Unleashed’ exhibition

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The 200 mile per hour winds of an EF5 tornado in Greensburn, Kan. in 2007 bent this stop sign while debris stripped some of its plate. The sign and other artifacts from the tornado are on display at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

Flashback to eighth grade earth science: Mrs. Kuntz tries to explain Pangaea, tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanoes. This involves a lot of illustrations, movie clips, glossaries of terms we’ve never seen before, assurances that nobody in Michigan is likely to die from these things — not today, anyway — and the class singing the chorus of “Breaking Up is Hard To Do.” I always imagined we were imitating Little Eva, but I know now that it’s more Neil Sedaka’s thing. I’ll credit both for the education.


Fernbank's Cindy Sheehy stomps the ground to show how a (unusually sensitive) seismometer measures ground movement.

Still, that’s it. Every few years since then, I’ve written about homes ravaged by hurricanes, cities …

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CDC Global Health Odyssey Museum to open VD exhibition


Curator Louise Shaw take a group on tour through the CDC's Global Health Odyssey Museum in January. AJC/Bita Honarvar

Just after Valentine’s Day the Global Health Odyssey Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta will open a new exhibition: “VD: Values, Rights, Public Health.”

Yes, an exhibition about sexually transmitted diseases.

How…totally not romantic.

And yet, so interesting: the exhibition covers the struggles of advancing science and managing public opinion, showing how attitudes changed over time and how the public health problem has been portrayed over time. Visitors will learn about the Tuskegee Experiment, a trial that allowed subjects to suffer from advanced venereal disease, despite a known cure. It covers the AIDS era, too.

All this was covered in a profile of the museum by Bo Emerson that ran in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

From Bo’s story, “CDC museum shows the beauty of science“:

Documenting the struggle against sexually …

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