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Third Friday of the month already? You know what that means. Head over to the High and kick off your weekend the jazzy way.
Danish-born designer Mathias Bengtsson created this functional and attractive chaise out of carbon fiber. Although it looks rigid in form and was created using computer technology that was developed for the airline industry, the chaise is flexible and would mold itself to a reclining body. It also weighs only about five pounds!
How I wish I could sprawl on it for a mid-day nap.
Marvel over it yourself at the High on the Stent Skyway level!
The all night fiesta is amping up here at the High! Frida and Diego closes tomorrow, but the exhibition is open all night long tonight! The band is going on now, there will be salsa dancing, discount tickets after 2am, lucha libre wrestling on the piazza at 9 and 11pm, a fashion show at 10:30, a DJ midnight-2am, and more!
Have you visited the Print Fair at the High yet? It’s open until 5 today and tomorrow and free to the public! There are so many beautiful prints, I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite!
William Christenberry’s series of photographs documenting the 33 year life cycle of a building in Alabama is now on view in Stent gallery 404. Here Curator of Photography, Brett Abbott, adjusts the arrangement before it is installed on the wall.
“Expert dealers will present prints made by artists of art historical importance and international repute. All…
Thanks to Burnaway for featuring our Print Fair that’s coming up this weekend! I’m looking forward to checking out what interesting prints are available this year.
Happy Arbor Day!
Plant a tree… or sit on one at the High!
In 2008, the High Museum of Art commissioned avant-garde Dutch designer Jurgen Bey to create a special Treetrunk Bench for our decorative arts and design permanent collection. In a unique collaboration with the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High recycled an 80 year old mockernut hickory tree targeted to be felled from the Garden’s property as part of their green expansion plan. This became the foundation of the design. The use of a tree procured from the ABG ties the commission forever to our city and drastically reduced the environmental and monetary costs of emissions, fuel, and labor that would have been required to ship a tree from the Netherlands. The design itself reflects the global rise of socially responsible design and environmental awareness during the late 1990s when first conceptualized, and is still highly relevant today.
Bey conceptualized his Treetrunk Bench series in 1999 for the Amsterdam-based design collaborative Droog, which produces innovative designs for everyday objects using recycled, low-cost materials. Cast bronze chair backs made from pre-existing originals are drilled into a cut log, which the owner of the piece must procure; Bey’s conceptual approach often involves the interaction of the “owner,” who must provide a missing element of the design to make it complete (in this case, the trunk itself).
The product, a fully functional bench, is a lighthearted yet serious reminder about environmental conservation. To set the High’s Treetrunk Bench apart from the others in the series, Bey created a special tall side table exclusively for the High, making this the one-and-only Treetrunk Bench High Table. The bench was put together on site in 2008, and is currently installed in our main lobby in front of coat check. It is also unique in that it is the only piece in the collection that is meant to be used by our visitors.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Woman Arranging Her Hat, ca. 1890
Still-Life with Apples, ca. 1890
Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather outside influencing me, but I wonder if it was springtime in Renoir’s mind when he painted these works. You can now visit these newly installed pieces in the European galleries on the second floor of the High!
What work of art makes you think of spring?