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  • Over the past decade, the High Museum of Art has initiated a series of local, regional and international partnerships that redefined a new role for museums and their resources. From schools in the High’s own backyard and regional museums, to global institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the High is paving the way for the future of museum partnerships.

    The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    In 2009, the High and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, launched the MoMA Series, a multi-year, multi-exhibition collaboration. Monet Water Lilies (2009) was the first in the series of six exhibitions, which was followed by Modern by Design (June 4 through August 11, 2011); Picasso to Warhol (October 15, 2011 through April 29, 2012); Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art (June 8 through September 2, 2012); and Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013 (October 13, 2012 through January 20, 2013). In fall 2014, the High will present the next exhibition in the series, The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff (October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015). The initiative builds on successful past collaborations between the High and MoMA that resulted in four exhibitions presented in Atlanta between 1997 and 2000. This project extends ties between the institutions through professional exchanges, development of educational programs and publications and reciprocal admission benefits.

    Musée du Louvre, Crystal Bridges and Terra Foundation – American Encounters Partnership
    In 2011, in collaboration the Musée du Louvre, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, the High launched a four-year partnership devoted to producing programming and annual, focused installations of American and European art in the U.S. and Paris. The first installation was titled American Encounters: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America and explored the emergence of American landscape painting through the works of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand (2012-2013). The second installation – American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life – provided a close look at five major genre paintings, each of which offered a unique perspective on 19th-century America (2013-2014). In fall 2014, the High will present the third installation – American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution. The concluding exhibition in the series will be on view at the High in fall 2015.

    History of Collaborations Among the Partners
    In 2003, the Terra Foundation supported a major conference on American art at the Louvre, entitled "The Independence of American Art." The Louvre and the Terra Foundation collaborated again in 2006 on two important projects: the first American art exhibition at the Louvre, in which Samuel F. B. Morse's monumental Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, from the Foundation's collection hung in the Louvre's Salon Carré, the same room featured in the painting; and the Lafayette database, created with the Henry Luce Foundation, which is a comprehensive inventory of works of American art in French collections.

    From 2006–2009, the Louvre and the High participated in a collection-sharing initiative called "Louvre Atlanta" that included a series of thematic exhibitions and the development of joint publications and other collaborative scholarship. The Terra Foundation also lent its Gallery of the Louvre as part of the Louvre–High collaboration; the painting was on view at the High as part of the Kings as Collectors exhibition in 2006.