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The High Museum of Art which is located on Peachtree Street near downtown Atlanta was first known as the Atlanta Art Association founded in 1905. It was first housed in the residence of Mrs. Joseph M. High. Today, the Museum has two separate buildings. One of the buildings, designed by Richard Meir and located in Midtown houses a majority of the pieces of art and the second building, the Georgia-Pacific Center houses the remaining folk art and photography.

Because the High Museum continues to expand its collection, an additional building will be joining it on the Woodruff Arts Center campus in the Spring of 2012.

The main collection of art features Monet, Tournier, Tiepolo and Ernst among others. The Museum certainly prides itself on its collection of over 11,000 pieces of American Art, European art, African art, decorative art, folk art, photography and more contemporary works. The Museum welcomes several visiting exhibitions throughout the year. The High Museum of Art also has interactive experiences which includes jazz music on Friday nights and youth programs on Thursdays as well as educational programs and guest lecturers.

There is also a Museum Gift Shop which features hundreds of unique items which includes prints of Van Gogh pieces, jewelry, posters and much, much more.

According to a High Museum of Art Press Release: An upcoming exhibition will include: “Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913-2013”. This exhibition will be presenting approximately 100 works of art which were created during the years 1913, 1929, 1950, 1961 and 1988 as well as the art of today. The exhibition will examine the years prior to the start of World War I and the Great Depression, the lead-up to postwar American prosperity and the years preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Fall of the Berlin Wall and how artists responded to and were influenced by events on the world stage.

The exhibition will also present the works of contemporary artists Aaron Curry, Katharina Grosse, and Sarah Sze, whose work extends themes first explored in the 20th Century and updates them for the 21st Century. This will be considered one of the largest surveys of 20th Century Art to be exhibited in the southeastern United States. Co-organized by the High Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), as part of the two museums’ ongoing collaboration, the exhibition will be on view from October 13, 2012, through January 20, 2013.

The exhibition will include iconic works from each represented year, including:

1913: Umberto Boccioni’s Futurist sculpture “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”

1929: Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist painting “Illumined Pleasures”

1950: Willem de Kooning’s landmark of Abstract Expressionism, “Woman, I”

1961: Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop art masterpiece “Girl With Ball”

1988: Jeff Koons’s famed porcelain sculpture “Pink Panther”

The address of the Atlanta High Museum of Art is 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Its telephone number is 404-733-4400 and its website address is High Museium of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

References: www.high.org and http://www.high.org/Press/Press-Releases/2012/May/Fast-Forward.aspx