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Who’s YOUR favorite artist? September 30, 2011

Filed under: Favorite artist,General — erinkdougherty @ 3:19 pm

Lauren Whitton is our fabulous lectures assistant. I asked her to think of who her favorite artist is in the High’s collection. Keep reading to find out who she chose and why:

I would have to say that the photographer Cindy Sherman is one of my favorite artists in the High’s collection.  There is a really special photograph of hers that is in the museum’s Works on Paper room.  Although the room is locked most of the time, you can steal a look at the piece through the glass doors on the Lower Level of the Wieland Pavilion.

The piece is one from her “Untitled Film Stills” series, which looks like a snapshot from a 1950s era black and white movie.  In this series she portrays herself in different situations that require the viewer to identify traditional female stereotypes.  But, another interesting part of the series is that the viewer is also inclined to use their imagination while looking at these photographs and create a story around the images.

The reason why I like Cindy Sherman as an artist is because she takes on a different role each time she takes a photograph.  She shoots completely alone in her studio, so she is the director, the make-up artist, the hairstylist, the wardrobe consultant, and the model. She is always in her pictures, but it is not Cindy Sherman we see.  It is a character she has created.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still, 1979

See if you can find Sherman’s photograph on your next visit to the High.

Happy hunting,



September Specials September 20, 2011

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 10:26 am

Hello artistic families,

What’s better than spending a Thursday at the High Museum? Getting in for free of course! This Thursday, September 22 is the final day of Target Family Thursdays at the Woodruff Arts Center. You’ll get to enjoy Toddler Thursday, the permanent collection, family tours, and the Greene Family Learning Gallery all for free.

There are also performances, classes, and more being offered across the Woodruff Arts Center campus. To see a schedule and to sign-up for classes and performances, click here.

Mark your calendar for free family fun!


Radcliffe Bailey and John Marin Closing Weekend September 8, 2011

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 10:00 am

Hello families!

After a great summer run, this is the closing weekend of the High’s Radcliffe Bailey and John Marin exhibitions. If you haven’t had time to see both, mark your calendar to stop in. If you’ve already meandered through, come back one last time (you know it will be worth it). 

To add a little extra incentive, this weekend is Second Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 11th. It will be fun times for families in our workshops. We are going to do some fancy easel watercolor painting outdoors and we’ll be creating some colorful frames all Marin and Radcliffe inspired.

So, bring the whole family to the High this weekend for great art and family fun.


See ya this weekend,