The High Gets Higher
Additions upgrade the already fabulous art institution
STORIES: Claire Ruhlin
If you’re an Atlantan, chances are you’ve visited the High Museum of Art, whose white enamel facade and sculptural architecture—the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano—have been a fixture of Midtown for decades. Featuring works of art from the nineteenth century to folk art and contemporary displays (hopefully you’ve already secured tickets to the sold-out “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition, which comes to a close in February), the museum doubled in size a few months ago when it unveiled a major reinstallation of its collection galleries.
The expansion marks the High’s first renovation since 2005, which ushered in three new buildings designed by Piano. The 2018 renovation, completed in partnership with architectural firm Selldorf Architects, doubled the museum’s size to accommodate its more than 16,000 works of art. In addition to permanent works, visitors will also find new additions, such as Kara Walker’s paper exhibition “The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence ” and folk and self-taught paintings and sculptures from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
The revamp also included a redesign of the Greene Family Learning Gallery. The interactive space for families grew to 4,000 square feet, encompassing Create, where children can practice art and engage in the creative process, and Experience, an immersive gallery.