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    Curator and Educator-led Gallery Talks

    Don't miss the opportunity to engage directly with the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collection with experts on the works of art! Hear from the curators and educators as they offer a "behind-the-scenes" look at the culture and history of specific works.

    All tours meet in the Wieland Lobby. Gallery Talks are FREE with museum admission; no reservations required.

    Upcoming Gallery Talks


    Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
    Explore Gordon Parks: Segregation Story with Nina Pelaez, Kress Museum Interpretation Fellow, as she leads visitors through these rarely seen photographs by trailblazing African American artist and filmmaker Gordon Parks, many of which were created for a 1950s Life magazine article documenting an African-American family in segregated Alabama.

    Friday, January 16, 7 p.m.
    Virginia Shearer, Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education, invites guests to experience sound artist Janet Cardiff's critically acclaimed installation The Forty Part Motet – a mesmerizing reworking of a 40-part choral piece by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585).

    Friday, January 23, 7 p.m.
    In Schrödinger's Cat, Social Activism, and Piracy: Contemporary and Self-Taught Art at the High, Kate McLeod, Coordinator of School and Teacher Services, will postulate on the theory that quantum mechanics, art for social change, and piracy can all be discussed in the High's special exhibition Gordon Parks: Segregation Story and the permanent collection, specifically looking at the works by Thornton Dial, Mose T., and the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Come with an open mind to this informal and – possibly – ridiculous discussion.

    Friday, February 20, 2015, 7 p.m.
    Encounter the work of an influential Georgia-born, African American printmaker in Dox Thrash: An American Journey with Erin Day, Curatorial Assistant in American Art and discover the fascinating process behind printmaking and the development of the Carborundum Mezzotint.

    Friday, February 27, 2015, 7 p.m.
    Samuel Kress, a self-made man and entrepreneur who founded the Kress chain of department stores, amassed one of the great private collections of European art and donated his art to museums across the country in the 1950s. The High Museum was one of 18 regional institutions to receive a large collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque European painting and sculpture. The gift transformed the museum, prompting the construction of the first purpose-built, air conditioned museum building. Ginia Sweeney, Coordinator of Museum Interpretation, and visitors will take a closer look at these masterful European paintings and discuss this fascinating piece of Atlanta history!