“To find well educated people, you have to circulate in the right areas. Libraries and museums are the places to make the right connections and find a good husband for yourself.” I have heard this phrase so many times that I naturally curl my hair and apply red lipstick before heading over to my local library to drop off some books.
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[Pleasure & Terrors of Levitation #25: Aaron Siskand]
But I did manage to grow up with the mentality that sophisticated and classy people brush up on their reading and are wizard at identifying pieces of art work with their respected painter. So, I tend to stroll over to the High Museum of Art, whenever I can, and assess the 11,000 paintings, sculptures and photos that the museum contains.
They carry the works of legendary artists from Picasso to Warhol, and modern artists, such as Sarah Sze. The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the southern United States and one of the most visited art museums in the world (queue the impressed facial expressions) .
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[Madonna & Child: Giovanni Bellini]
The museum is open every day except for Monday (makes sense to get rid of everyone’s least favorite day) and saunter in on Thursday after 4 PM and get your ticket for half price.
Besides having an enormous selection of African, American, European, decorative, contemporary and Folk art, they also have a slew of exciting activities at your disposal. Enjoy an evening of art and music on Jazz Friday and bask in the glory of full gallery access and beautiful selections of live music playing as you speculate the “hidden meanings” behind the intricate paintings.
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[Self Portrait: Chuck Close]
The High (we’re good friends, so this is my nickname for it) hosts monthly poetry slams that include group discussions, art viewings and presentations by “Emily Dickenson” and “Robert Frost” wannabes. Sunday is Family Fun Day, so bring your kids for demonstrations, art-making workshops and live performances. So grab your champagne glasses and let the artistic discussions begin.
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[Procession, Venice: Maurice Brazil Prendergast]