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Botanical Garden: ‘Moore’ ends, ‘Orchid Daze’ begins Feb. 6


"Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers" opens on Feb. 6 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. AJC file photo

Before you stake your claim on a spot for the Peach Drop, please scoot over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the last day of “Moore in America.”

I understand that “go see a garden” is not a reasonable command when it’s sleeting outdoors. For more convincing, check out this post from October, which links to more reviews and stories about it. I wrote that post when the show was first scheduled to end. It was extended through the end of the year, but now we really have to say good-bye. (This will also be the last chance to see the Garden’s holiday displays and families might dig the New Year’s Across the Globe event today, too.)

So what comes next? The Botanical Garden’s annual orchid show, “Orchid Daze,” returns, this time with a “Towers of Flowers” theme. Here are some photos from last year’s show. It opens Feb. 6 and runs through April 11.

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Salvador Dalí and more new exhibitions at High Museum


"The Allure of the Automobile" will include this 1937 Cadillac V16 "World's Fair" Aero-Dynamic Coupe. The exhibition opens in March, 2010. Photo courtesy High Museum.

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art released this week a list of exhibitions opening in 2010 and 2011, including a few new announcements — an exhibition of work by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and a retrospective of work by  “Decisive Moment” photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Here’s the roundup:

Jan. 23-May 30, 2010: The Portrait Unbound: Photographs by Robert Weingarten
Next month, the high will premier 21 large portraits of American icons photographed by California-based photorapher Robert Weingarten

March 21-June 20, 2010: The Allure of the Automobile
Auto becomes art when 18 rare vehicles from the 1930s to the 1960s go on display. This exhibit, organized by the High, considers history, design and technical evolution of automobiles from Bugatti, Jaguar, Porsche and others.

June 5-Aug. 29, 2010: “European …

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One more night see Spelman Museum’s ‘Undercover’


DeLuxe by artist Ellen Gallagher is in Spelman Museum's "Undercover" exhibition.

The exhibition is closed, but there’s one more chance to see Spelman Museum’s “Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities” this week.


  • Because the Spelman Museum is a fantastic space to peruse, but easy to miss if you’re not often on campus.
  • Because the show was curated by locals:  Spelman Museum director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Atlantan Karen Comer Lowe.
  • Because its ideas are worth pondering and discussing, especially in Atlanta and the Atlanta University Center.
  • Because this exhibition involves myriad forms and media, enough to surprise and satisfy a variety of artistic interests.
  • Because critic Catherine Fox called it “terrific” and “exemplary,”  explaining that “ideas bounce and ricochet off one another with the energy of a handball game.”
  • Because it’s gone for good after the closing reception on Dec. 10. On to another show next semester!

Here’s a video tour …

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High to debut Peter Sekaer photography exhibition in 2010

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"Phrenologist's Window" was shot in New Orleans in 1936. It will be in the High's Sekaer exhibit.

The High Museum of Art announced today it will debut the first major exhibition of work by photographer Peter Sekaer in June 2010.

The exhibition “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer,” will be on view from June 5, 2010, to January 9, 2011, and is organized by the High from pieces new to the permanent collection and loans from other collections and the artist’s estate. It will show about 75 vintage gelatin silver prints, including some that have never been on public view.

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Sekaer photographed this farmer in Dalton in 1935 or 1936.

A High press release said the photographs were shot from 1935 to 1945 and document the effects of the Great Depression.

A 1982 New York Times article about a show featuring Sekaer’s work called him “a fine photographer but not a famous one.” Sekaer photographed for government agencies like the Rural Electrification Administration and the United …

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New photo exhibit at Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

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These photos by Stanley Tretick are in the "Bobby, Martin and John" exhibit. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

A new exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site follows the lives of King, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy with their families, at protests , at campaign stops — all in photos.

Each of the 150-some images in “Bobby, Martin and John: Once Upon an American Dream,” was shot by photographer Stanley Tretick. He’s the man behind the iconic photos of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s son peeking out from beneath his father’s desk in the Oval Office, which is included in the exhibition. There are contact sheets featuring King, and images from the hotel suite where Robert F. Kennedy waited for election returns the night he was assassinated.

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"Bobby Martin and John" at the King Historic Site.

The exhibition is both art and history, revealing telling moments in the lives of three leaders of the 1960s and the changes, too, in photojournalism and how politicians are …

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VIDEO: Canstruction sculptures at Underground Atlanta


Glance at it and it's a bunch of cans. Look again. Squint. It's "The Little Engine That Could," with marshmallow steam and everything! So cute! AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

It took me a minute of squinting, staring and circling to see it. A pile of cans. A pile of cans and boxes. A mountain, you might say. A mountain! Right, a train! A train on a mountain, oh my, it’s “The Little Engine That Could!”

(Weird. That’s the second time today I’ve mentioned the beloved kiddie book in this blog.)

That’s kind of how it goes at the Canstruction installation that goes through this weekend at Underground Atlanta. It’s a competition among designa and construction professionals and students to create a work of art using canned food. All the food they use is donated. The thousands of cans above the food court in Underground will go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Don’t come downtown just for this, but if you’re in the area for any reason, stop by to see cans made to look like Legos, a howling …

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Atlanta Art à la Carte offers family performance discounts


Atlanta Ballet's "Nutcracker" is among the performances in the Art à la Carte program. AJC file photo

First spotted on a new partnership among Atlanta arts organizations lets audiences create their own subscription from a mix of family performances. With this program, families can get a lower-cost look at different organization’s offerings without singing up for a membership.

Use Art à la Carte to choose at least three family performances by Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or the Center for Puppetry Arts. You’ll pay for tickets all at once, but receive a discount of to 20 to 25 percent. You’ll also get admission discount coupons for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, High Museum of Art and Zoo Atlanta. Tickets must be purchased at least two weeks in advance. Here are details on all participating arts and culture organizations and their upcoming performances.

For daily discounts, always check the AJC’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog!

For …

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Final weekend for Botanical Garden’s ‘Moore in America’


"Goslar Warrior 1973-74" by Henry Moore at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. AJC file photo

There is a ton of stuff going on this weekend, most of it involving candy corn, but if you need a break from all the Halloween madness, I highly suggest you check out “Moore in America” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The show closes Oct. 31 after months of Moore’s giant sculpture fitting so perfectly into the garden space. Folks at the garden said it always feels a little empty when an exhibition leaves, but it will be especially hard to see this one go.

Of course, while you’re checking out the Moore sculptures, you can’t help but notice the Scarecrows in the Garden — it’s their last weekend, too.

Next up? Holidays in the Garden and the …

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Access Points 14: SunTrust model in High’s Portman exhibit

See something familiar in this week’s Access Points photo game?

Readers Steve and Luis were on to something in those first guesses — it’s a model in the High Museum’s John Portman exhibit. But even if you hadn’t seen the model of our city in the “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” some of you might have recognized the distinct tip of SunTrust Plaza in Midtown.

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SunTrust Plaza. AJC file photo

It is among Atlanta’s tallest buildings and remains one of its most distinctive, with a busy streetscape at the base and a recognizable crown. The best view of many of Portman’s buildings is on the inside, but the exterior of SunTrust Plaza makes it stand out on the ground and in the skyline.

It’s 1.6 million square feet, 60 stories and has a tenant list including SunTrust Banks, lawyers and dentists. In the past, it held  a Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia gallery.

When the building opened in 1992, it wasn’t SunTrust Plaza, but One Peachtree Center. A December 1992 review by critic

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Booth’s Cowboy Festival and Symposium this weekend

This story was supposed to run in Sunday’s print AJC, but is now scheduled to run on Monday. You’ll recognize some of the info from an earlier blog post, but this includes more comments from the museum director and visitors and points out again their big cowboy festival this weekend. Enjoy! — Jamie G.


Marion Blackwell checked out the new portion of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

After two years of construction, the Booth Western  Art Museum this month opened  a new wing that doubles its gallery space and reorganizes the works on display. Still, its greatest challenge remains the same as the day it opened: explaining why a 120,000-square foot Western art museum exists in Cartersville.

“That’s the biggest question we get, ‘Why?’” executive director Seth Hopkins said.
The Booth opened in 2003 with 80,000 square feet, a small collection of romantic landscapes and scenes and far more contemporary pieces  influenced by or reacting to traditional …

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