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High Museum Offers $5 Tickets for College Students

ATLANTA, October 7, 2009 – During October, the High Museum of Art is offering $5 tickets to college students. Admission includes “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius,” “John Portman: Art & Architecture” (beginning October 17), as well as all other exhibitions and the permanent collection. Tickets must be purchased at the museum in person for day-of or advance reservations. Proof of a valid student I.D is required. The museum is closed on Mondays and has extended hours on Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. October 16 is Friday Jazz when the museum will be open to 10 p.m.

“Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” explores Leonardo’s profound interest in and influence on sculpture. It features approximately 50 works, including more than 20 sketches and studies by Leonardo, some of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. The exhibition also features work by Donatello, Rubens, Verrocchio, and Rustici—including Rustici’s three monumental bronzes from the façade of the Baptistery in Florence that comprise “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee,” which was recently restored and has never left Florence. Also included are works from world-renowned collections, including those of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Vatican Museums, the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

Beginning October 17, the High will also present “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” an exhibition featuring architectural projects, furniture, paintings, and sculpture by Atlanta-based architect and artist John Portman. The fifteen completed and current architectural projects that will be featured span five decades of national and international developments, including the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967) that is globally renowned as the first modern atrium hotel. The projects will be presented with large-scale photographs, design plans, elevations, text, articles, and in some cases, architectural models. The exhibition will also feature paintings and sculptures by Portman—most never before publicly exhibited.

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