Spring Exhibits at the High Museum (fridays)

Friday April 26, 2024 10:00 AM EDT
Cost: Members Free, $18.50 Not Yet Members
CRITIC’S PICK: Rachel Ruysch (1664 -1750) was a still life painter from the Netherlands who became prominent in the Dutch Golden Age. Her successful career lasted more than six decades during which she produced hundreds of paintings; many of them sold for higher prices than those of Rembrandt, her contemporary. This exhibition features works by both artists, as well as Jacob van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, and Willem Kalf; it includes prints, maps, and stunning decorative objects in silver and porcelain from the seventeenth and the first half of the eighteenth centuries. Curators say the display explores how Dutch preeminence in international maritime trade and the influx of new goods and information transformed life in the Netherlands and led to a remarkable cultural flowering. - Kevin C. Madigan

From the venue:

Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina

February 16 - May 12, 2024
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This exhibition tells the story of the enslaved potters of Old Edgefield District, a rural area on the western edge of South Carolina famous for its natural clays. While many associate labor of the enslaved with staple crops like cotton and tobacco, historians describe Old Edgefield as the site of “industrial slavery.” For roughly fifty years before emancipation and the end of the Civil War, the Black potters of Old Edgefield crafted stoneware storage vessels later sold to neighboring plantations. Despite their beauty and expert craftsmanship, these vessels were made under duress.

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Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 19 - July 14, 2024
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Observers in the seventeenth century described the Netherlands as the world’s marketplace. Dutch merchants possessed a capitalist mindset and benefited from innovations in naval and military technology. The Dutch East India Company, the world’s first multinational corporation, was founded in 1602 to dominate trade in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, forever changing the global economy. New commodities flowed to the Dutch Republic and made a small nation immensely rich. This in turn fueled an artistic boom. The most famous Dutch artists in the seventeenth century - Hals, Rembrandt, Ruisdael, Ruysch are still admired today.
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Truth Told Slant: Contemporary Photography

March 1 - August 11, 2024
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Truth Told Slant examines a recent shift in how photographers have taken on the challenge of making meaningful images of the world around them. Rather than using the traditional documentary approach of dispassionate observation, they work in a stylistically expressive manner akin to literary nonfiction, weaving between observational and narrative modes while embracing their own subjectivity.

The title of this exhibition, which is inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, accentuates the sidelong and deeply personal approach these artists use to make sense of the current social and political landscape. The five artists gathered here -Jill Frank, Rose Marie Cromwell, Zora J Murff, Kristine Potter, and Tommy Kha -consider issues that documentary photographers have grappled with for decades and that remain pertinent today. They explore topics of American life, such as race and inequality; identity and sexual orientation; immigration and globalization; youth and coming of age; climate change and environmental justice; and the pervasiveness of violence, to reveal deeper truths and reframe prevailing narratives in a manner that is more felt than didactic.

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Three Decades of Democracy: South African Works on Paper

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On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa, marking the end of decades of systematic and legalized racial segregation known as apartheid. This installation commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the end of apartheid through a presentation of South African prints and works on paper from the High’s collection. The eight artists featured make observations about South African social and cultural life, employing their art to resist, witness, and reflect.

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Shaheen Collection of French Works

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Through the generosity of numerous collectors, benefactors, and supporters, the High Museum has assembled a distinguished collection of European art ranging in date from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries. The collection of paintings displayed in this installation represent the accomplishment of Doris and Shouky Shaheen. Collected over a span of four decades, these works were presented as a gift to the High Museum in 2019.

The Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection focuses on French art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Within this timeframe, the paintings represent an array of styles, including the pre-Impressionist realism of Eugène Boudin’s harbor views, the shimmering Impressionism of Claude Monet’s and Camille Pissarro’s landscapes, and the expressive modernism of Amedeo Modigliani’s and Henri Matisse’s figure studies.

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