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Celebrate and make a ‘Fundred’ to help New Orleans at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on March 18

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This "Fundred" bill could help clean up lead in New Orleans. Want to add one to the pile? Visit the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on March 18.

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is looking for a few more hand-made “Fundreds” before the money-sized art works are collected during a free celebration on March 18.

Organizers, including artist Mel Chin, plan to collect 3 million interpretations of $100 bills designed by kids and adults. “Fundreds” from more than 100 U.S. sites will be delivered in a vegetable oil-powered armored truck to Congress to show how much funding is needed to clean up lead contamination around New Orleans. You can learn more about the project at www.fundred.com.

Want to go? Fundred Pick-up Celebration. 2-4 p.m. Fundred-making drive, 4-5:30 p.m. entertainment and pick-up. Free. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org.

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History of Titian masterpieces coming to High Museum

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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.

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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 …

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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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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.

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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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CDC Global Health Odyssey Museum to open VD exhibition

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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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And the High Museum Collectors Evening winners are…

All of us?

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This table and chair from Front Design's "Sketch Furniture" series was selected by attendees of the High Museum's first Collectors Evening.

Sure, there are 150 people who paid $500 each for Collectors Evening tickets, which gave them the privilege to pick the High Museum of Art’s next  purchases. But their ticket fees mean we all get to see new works at the High.

So which pieces got the nod from voters?

The first big vote-getter was a series of 20 color photographs by Paul Fusco, who captured onlookers paying their respects to Robert F. Kennedy as his funeral train traveled down the Eastern Seaboard in 1968. Photography curator Julian Cox says in his video pitch that it was a “seismic” event in the United States, photographed by a man riding inside the funeral train.

Next: Kehinde Wiley’s painting, “Thiogo Gliveira do Rosario Rozendo,” which shows a young man from Rio de Janeiro’s slums mimicking a sculpture in the city. Modern and contemporary art curator …

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High Museum YouTube art-off: which curator’s pick will win?

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Like this collage by artist Felipe Jesus Consalvos? The High doesn't own it, but it might, if a High curator makes a strong enough case for it — to you.

Atlanta didn’t take so well to the idea of Ultimate Fighting in our high art spaces, but we’re so not above little curatorial rivalry.

Right now, seven of the High Museum of Art’s curators are trying to convince art lovers to buy a piece of artwork they want. Straight up, Pick me! Pick me! Not the other guy! Or…sure, pick us both. Yeah! That’s fine, too!

Not in some board room, not over e-mail. On YouTube.

I’m charmed by the idea of of dueling curators pleading their cases online like so many reality show contestants and memes of the past.

As High director of collections and exhibitions David Brenneman said in the AJC story, “Only YOU can help the High pick new art“: “We do this all the time anyway, we just simply don’t do it in competition with each other. Clearly we’re all scoping each other out, trying to figure out …

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PHOTOS: First look at ‘The Portrait Unbound,’ photos by Robert Weingarten, at High Museum January 23-May 30

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Maggie Adams of Suwanee and Nathan Sublett of Sugar Hill inside the High Museum of Art's new exhibition of portraits by Robert Weingarten, "The Portrait Unbound." The portrait before them: Sandra Day O'Connor. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

You can almost make a game of your walk through “The Portrait Unbound,” a new exhibition of portraits at the High Museum of Art that opens Jan. 23.

What do a red wagon and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial have in common? Colin Powell.

An American flag, an old airplane, a spacecraft? Buzz Aldrin.

A silhouette from “The Color Purple” and a line of Grammys? Quincy Jones.

The digital images, photographed, layered and manipulated by California artist Robert Weingarten, are his answer to the question of whether you can make a portrait of a person without using their image. He signed on high-profile subjects — Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jane Goodall, Billy Graham, Sandra Day O’Connor, Steven Sondheim — and asked for a list of objects that represent them. …

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5 reasons to love year-end Best Of lists

Arbitrary, unscientific and subjective though they are, I am in love with the glut of year- (and decade-) end Best Of lists infecting media right now, and not just because they draw more page views to this blog than I ever would have imagined.

Here’s why, in a convenient list:

1. Tidy packages
Most mornings, I post a list of fun things to do around Atlanta. It might be more comprehensive to just Tweet links to AccessAtlanta.com all day long, but if I’m going to wade through 200 listings anyway, it seems worth sharing what I found in a manageable, organized, clean way. Why not think the same way about a year’s worth of events? A few weeks ago, you nominated and voted on your favorite events of 2009. I tacked on my own list because, well, it’s my blog.

2. Sweet reminders
Catherine Fox’s list of Top 10 Exhibitions shows slivers of the visual art offerings around Atlanta. I have a friendly interest and zero expertise in art, but I’m surprised by how many of these I saw, and how …

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