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High Museum of Art 2018 Advance Exhibition Schedule

March 28, 2018

ATLANTA, March 28, 2018 – The High Museum of Art presents a rotating schedule of exhibitions throughout the year. Below is a list of current and upcoming exhibitions as of March 28, 2018. Note: The exhibition schedule is subject to change. Please contact the High’s press office or visit for more information or to confirm details.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
June 3 through Sept. 2, 2018
The High will be the premiere U.S. venue for this playful exhibition celebrating the magical world of one of the most adored literary characters of all time. Featuring more than 200 works spanning over 90 years of Pooh history, the exhibition will explore the origins, creation and enduring legacy of the classic stories by A.A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrations by E.H. Shepard (1879–1976) that have captured the hearts of generations of readers. “Exploring a Classic” will reveal the real people, relationships and inspirations behind Winnie-the-Pooh and explore the interplay between text and illustration in the Pooh books, offering new insight into Milne and Shepard’s creative collaboration. Objects on view will include original illustrations, manuscripts and proofs along with early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. This exhibition is the latest in a series presented by the High that celebrates the work of children’s book authors and illustrators. This exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Outliers and American Vanguard Art
June 24 through Sept. 30, 2018
Folk, naïve, vernacular, visionary, outsider, self-taught—over the past century, a range of terms has emerged to describe artists who rose to prominence despite a lack of formal training. This major touring exhibition examines the shifting identity of American self-taught artists and offers an unprecedented overview of their profound impact on the evolution of modern and contemporary art. With more than 250 diverse works from the 1910s to the present by more than 80 trained and untrained artists, the exhibition reveals how artists on the margins have galvanized the mainstream art world to embrace difference and diversity across race, region, class, age, and gender. Artists in the exhibition range from lesser-known painters including Morris Hirshfield to contemporary art stars such as Kara Walker. The exhibition will also feature works from the High’s distinguished collection of folk and self-taught art, including pieces by the Gee’s Bend quilter and abstract artist Mary Lee Bendolph and the visionary preacher and environment builder Howard Finster. This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki
June 24 through Oct. 7, 2018
Presented on the High’s outdoor Sifly Piazza, this installation of sound sculptures by internationally renowned designer Yuri Suzuki will feature ingenious, colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual, engaging and playful ways. “Sonic Playground” continues the High’s multiyear initiative to animate its outdoor space with commissions that engage visitors in participatory art experiences. It will be the High’s first venture into exploring the notion of audible play—how the sounds all around us can be constructed, altered and experienced. The installation will transform the piazza into a welcoming atmosphere for socializing and recreation and will serve as a stage for performances and art-making activities the High will co-organize with local arts organizations. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith
Sept. 29, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019
A half century before NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. His historic gesture, and its reverberations over the past 50 years, will be explored in this major exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art. The exhibition is the culmination of a multiyear collaboration between Smith and Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and will feature sculptural installations and other works by Kaino, objects from the Tommie Smith archives and an animation of Smith’s winning race created from contributed drawings. By bridging the past and present, “With Drawn Arms” will resonate powerfully in the current moment of reckoning with racial injustice in America. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Glenn Kaino.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Nov. 18, 2018, through Feb. 17, 2019
The High presents the most celebrated exhibition of work by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this exhibition will take visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through more than 60 years of Kusama’s creative output, focusing on the evolution of her iconic kaleidoscopic environments called Infinity Mirror Rooms. The exhibition will present six of these rooms along with sculptural installations, paintings, works on paper and archival photographs and films from the early 1950s through the present. The exhibition also includes new work by the 87-year-old Tokyo-based artist, including her recently completed “Infinity Mirror Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016), featuring dozens of Kusama’s signature dotted, bright-yellow pumpkin sculptures. Other major works include the artist’s seminal installation, “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field” (1965/2016), featuring a vast expanse of red-spotted white tubers in a room lined with mirrors, and “Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots” (2007), a mirrored room filled with inflatables suspended from the ceiling. This exhibition is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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Currently on view:

“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography
Through April 29, 2018
Taking its title from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech before his assassination in 1968, this exhibition reflects on the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year in American history. The more than 40 prints featured are drawn in large part from the High’s collection of photography documenting the civil rights movement, which is among the most significant in the country. Iconic historical images are presented alongside works by contemporary photographers that illuminate the legacy of the movement. Presented in the High’s Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography, the exhibition is arranged into three sections that explore the era of Dr. King’s leadership, the year of his death and contemporary reflections on the civil rights movement’s enduring legacy. Artists featured include renowned 20th-century photographers Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Roy DeCarava, James Hinton, Steve Schapiro, Diane Arbus, Ernest Withers, Doris Derby and Burk Uzzle as well as notable contemporary photographers David Alekhuogie, Dawoud Bey, Matthew Brandt, Jason Lazarus and Sheila Pree Bright. The works on view demonstrate these artists’ wide-ranging approaches to documenting and responding to the civil rights movement, from the photojournalistic to the poetic, from tender portraiture to conceptual landscapes. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
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Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night
Through April 29, 2018
This exhibition features seven works from a multi-layered photographic project by Southern California–based artist Amy Elkins (American, born 1979) that explores the effects of long-term solitary confinement. The works include six distorted portraits of U.S. prison inmates living on death row or serving life sentences, along with a constructed landscape. Of the 2.2 million people incarcerated in the United States, as many as 100,000 of them are kept in isolation, often for years on end. Because her subjects were physically inaccessible and hidden from view (prisons generally do not allow photography inside), Elkins drew on correspondence with several men to develop her photography project. She blended fact and fantasy to create extensively processed portraits and landscapes that evoke her subjects’ unstable senses of identity, fading memories and the banal realities of everyday life in prison. The selection on view in the exhibition is drawn from a larger body of work that culminated in a book published in 2016. The inmates’ letters, written over the course of many years, are displayed in a case at the center of the gallery. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
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Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Through May 13, 2018
From furniture generated by algorithms to a “living” lampshade made of genetically modified cells, the work of pioneering Dutch designer Joris Laarman (born 1979) redefines the boundaries between art, science and technology. The High offers an in-depth look at his innovative oeuvre as the exclusive Southeast venue for this exhibition, which features numerous designs from the High’s collection–the largest public holdings of the Dutch artist’s work outside of his home country. Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, the exhibition is the first museum survey to comprehensively explore Laarman’s creative prowess and curiosity through a range of works dating from 2004 through the present that blend emerging technologies with skilled craftsmanship. Furniture designs, applied projects and experiments from every phase of his career are presented alongside related videos, sketches and renderings that illustrate the Joris Laarman Lab’s creative and production processes. Founded in 2004, the Lab is a multidisciplinary hub of scientists, engineers, programmers and craftspeople who explore the possibilities of design through research, experimentation and groundbreaking technology. This exhibition is organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.
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Mark Steinmetz: Terminus
Through June 3, 2018
The High Museum of Art debuts more than 60 new works by Athens, Ga.-based photographer Mark Steinmetz commissioned for its “Picturing the South” series in this exhibition. Established in 1996, “Picturing the South” is a distinctive initiative that asks noted photographers to turn their lenses toward the American South to create work for the High’s collection. For his commission, Steinmetz focused on air travel and Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport—the most heavily trafficked airport in the world. Taking its title from Atlanta’s original name, the exhibition closely considers the activity and interactions that make the airport the crossroads of the New South. This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
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About the High Museum of Art

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Ga., the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 16,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from pre-history through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit

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