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Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Opening Weekend: Mi Casa, Your Casa July 9, 2014

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Hola muchachos! We have a very exciting month ahead of us.  Dream Cars has settled in for the summer, we have two new exhibitions in the Ann Cox Chambers Gallery, a newly-hung exhibition on the Lower Level, and a very special move-in date on the calendar. What is moving in, you ask? The thirty-six red houses that will make up our ambitious new Sifly Piazza installation Mi Casa, Your Casa! Our friends Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena are two leading contemporary designers in Mexico and the masterminds behind our red houses. Their 3-D open frames serve as an invitation to you and yours to come over and play!  We have months of planning lined up that will knock your socks off.

Everything kicks off with our opening fiesta on the weekend of July 18th. Family fun starts early on Saturday morning with two outdoor yoga classes right in the houses! There will be performances, art-making, outdoor games, and music!

Needless to say, this is going to be one weekend to remember.  And the best part is that the fun doesn’t stop!  We have art-making workshops and super cool activities planned throughout the summer and beyond. If summer vacation has your family going stir-crazy, bring them over to our houses! After all, Mi Casa is Your Casa.

The red houses have arrived and we are working together as a Woodruff Arts Center community to assemble them. Swing by to see our progress! For more information and specifics about the installation and our opening weekend celebration visit http://www.high.org/en/Programs/Programs/Events/2014-Events/Piazza-Programs/Sifly-Piazza-Programming.aspx


Goodbye and Hello July 3, 2014

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He has been a well-loved figure in everyday High life for years.  His honest gaze and listening ears have comforted many. He is exceptionally well-read and has a keen appreciation for the art in our galleries. However the time has come to say farewell to an old friend.  Ellsworth Kitty, our beloved education volunteer is retiring.  He has been a familiar face at Toddler Thursday for many years and has never missed a story time. But, don’t fear, Toddlers, parents, and alumni! Ellsworth has been training his replacement and would like to introduce you all to his dear friend Alex Cats.  No, he is not the famous contemporary painter whose works we collect in our gallery.  He is, however, an exceedingly cuddly and clean grey kitty that loves kids, learning, and playing with yarn balls.  We believe he will be a great fit here at the museum, even though he as big paw-prints to fill.

So be sure to give Alex Cats a hearty hello and a nice hug to welcome him to life at the museum!


Meet the Architect: Richard Meier May 23, 2014

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Richard Meier was the original architect of the High Museum of Art.  Much of your adventure in the museum probably takes place in the Stent Family Wing, the part of the building that Meier designed.  The circular ramps and wedge-shaped skylight in the atrium make us look up in wonder at the beautiful space.  Sculptures peek around the pillars as we ascend the floors, inviting us into the galleries for a closer look.  We aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with his incredible design; in 1984, Meier was awarded the Pritsker Prize for his work on the High, the most distinguished architecture prize out there.

When Meier’s kids used to ask him what his favorite color was, he always disappointed them by answering, “white.” He went on to explain to them that white wasn’t boring at all!  In fact, white can be incredible because it is ever-changing, able to reflect all the colors of the rainbow!  Meier had a favorite shape, too.  Can you guess what it was? Next time you are at the museum go on a “square hunt” with your kiddos.  They are everywhere if you take the time to notice!