ATLANTA, July 12, 2013 – In step with its mission to provide arts education for youth, the High Museum of Art is opening a summer exhibition curated by Atlanta area high school students.
Fourteen members of the High’s “Teen Team” representing schools in five Metro Atlanta counties worked with Lily Siegel, the High’s assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, to curate an exhibition of the High’s Stockholm Portfolio. The Portfolio includes 30 works of art by 1960s artists of prominence such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition’s title is “Intersection X Where Process Meets Innovation.”
More formally known as the High’s Teen Advisory Council, the students from Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Henry counties curated the exhibition as a study of how the artists responded to technology during the 1960s.
The summer 2013 exhibition opens in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing, Second Floor, on July 18, 2013 and may be viewed by appointment until Aug. 2, 2013. Contact Beth Malone, the High’s coordinator of teen programs, at 404-733-4465 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a viewing (admission is free).
This summer marks the first time the High has invited the Teen Team to curate works from the museum’s permanent collection. The Teen Team was launched by the High in 2011.
“Working with this group of young people and my colleagues on an exhibition of this caliber was both challenging and incredibly rewarding,” said Malone. “I’m thrilled to work at an institution that welcomes boundary-pushing programming for teens.”
One of the Teen Team members described the experience:
“As a teenager, this opportunity to curate our own exhibit in one of the top art institutions in the nation was a daunting task and yet such a magnificent one,” said Trevor Jackson, a student from Stockbridge High School in Henry County. “This exhibit is our baby for all fourteen of us. We carried it for a little less than six weeks, and I think what we produced is beautiful.”
The High Museum of Art’s teen programming is sponsored by Turner Voices and Wells Fargo.
About the High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 13,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the first major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. For more information about the High, visit www.High.org.
About The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center visit www.woodruffcenter.org.
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