The Old Lady at the Museum

While most University students would have spent their Saturday evening partying or pre-gaming for partying, I went to a museum instead.  There are a few art museums in Atlanta, but the High Museum is the largest and most well known, housing more culture than most Georgians would know what to do with!  Last night I went to see their Picasso to Warhol exhibit which brings the work of fourteen modern artists together, including Matisse, Pollock, and Mondrian along with the title artists and others.  I love going to The HIgh and I try to go as often as I can, but on a college student’s budget it can be a little difficult to open your wallet for anything other than food.  Luckily for me, once a month they offer a College Night with discounted tickets, and even luckier for me, the university art club had extra tickets that they were giving away!

Discount = Awesome.  Free = Better.

It was great fun, as The High always is, but College Night at a museum is… interesting.  It was like they were trying to make going to a museum a “cool” thing to do.  They had a rock band and food and arts and crafts and and and…  Now, I think it’s cool to go to a museum in the first place, but maybe I’m just a dork, and I’m all for the arts and crafts (they had a station to make a Pollock-style splatter painted tote bag!) and free food is my jam, but the rock band?  In a museum?  I felt like an old lady who was going to yell at the neighbors to “Turn off that noise and get off my lawn!”  I did manage to refrain from doing that but it did cut my browsing of the permanent collection a little short.

Noise and morphing briefly into an old lady besides, the modern masters exhibit was fantastic.  They had some weird stuff (It is modern art, after all) but they had some pieces that I’ve always wanted to see in person, some artists I had never heard of, and pieces that have become new favorites.  I’ll share some highlights:

Alexander Calder’s Snow Flurry is a piece that I have always wanted to see in person, but I did not realize how taken with it I woud be when I did.  This is the photo from the MoMA website:

Pretty, right?

But in person… well, bear with a crappy mobile phone picture and I’ll show you.

A "Danielle" eye view

I don’t know if you can tell, but it was stunning.  I love the shadows — they are almost more engaging than the piece itself!

Painted in 1912. Could this have been a source of inspiration for Dr. Suess?

A Matisse I hadn’t seen before.  I love how whimsical it is.

And of course, what would a post be without a photograph or two?

These are gelatin silver prints by Constantin Brancusi.  The photos are art within art as they are images of his sculptures of the same name.   I was drawn to these, not only because they are photographs (Yes, I know I have a problem), but because of the way they play with light to show Brancusi’s sculptures in a new way.  Check out the sculptures themselves and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I could go on and on, but I’ll leave off my comments thusly:

-The High Museum?  Worth my time, as always.  Going back as soon as possible to do the permanent collection properly, sans rock band.
-The Picasso Warhol exhibit?  Very cool.  I recommend coming to visit my little hometown museum if you are in the southeast and can’t make a habit of jaunting off to MoMA on a whim.
-Want to see some more of my favorites from the exhibit?  Just scroll down!

Wishing you a beautiful week,


Love the perspective and the light in this one.

This is a painting that I've been fascinated with since I was very little (I think I saw it on Sesame Street) and I finally got to see it in person! It was smaller than I had imagined...

Neat triptych. It's based on another painting of the same name by a different artist. I think it is a representation of how people feel when their alarm clocks go off in the morning.

Gotta love Picasso :)

  1. Hey Danielle, this is a wonderful post. I love your enthusiasm for the modern. And yes, I like my museums without the rock band, but then, I actually AM an old lady!

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