Yesterday, in need of inspiration and quiet repose, I adventured over the state lines to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I go pretty often yet the trip never ceases to satisfy. The museum is having some pretty great exhibits right now that may get overlooked since they are not big names.
Greeting you outside in the pavilion is Los Trompos, a colorful assortment of interactive spinning tops. It has become the children' favorite but also an Instagram star. I loved watching the school kids race out of the stuffy Early American section to the "play ground" on their lunch breaks. The littlest ones and even the "to-cool-for-school" high schoolers ran around and interacted with these tactile spinners. This is a great exhibit to get anyone and everyone excited about art. So if you are anywhere near hot-lanta you should go and enjoy the sunny day for atleast a bit of time.
Los Trompos is a great community project because it brings its a place for people to gather together. It provides a venue that can be experienced and enjoyed b all, bringing everyone to the same level, high art connoisseurs to the youngest children. It is all about joy and beauty, easily understood feelings but still necessary and emotions that people want to experience. There is nothing trivial or silly about Play!
The High also is showing to young, Atlanta-based artists in their large special exhibition place. Imagining New Worlds: Jose Parla and Fahamu Pecou was not what I had expected, not that I had preconceived expectations because I had never heard of the artists nor had any idea the exhibit was on view until I was there. I was most interested in Pecou's work, which encompasses drawings, paintings, sound and sculptural installation to make an active environment, hopping with reflection and inspiration. Pecou talks about race and the African American culture. He elevates it through his paintings, depicting Young African American men in what may be preconcieved/ misconceived as "gangster" apparel on magazine covers or leafed in gold. He has interactive sound boxes and head phones where viewers can live in and experience a part of Black culture by making and listening to their own music beats. Viewers can create their own beat by taking clips of rap bass, African poetry and other parts of the culture. The installation was an interesting juxtaposition of graffiti and small voodoo like objects in a sancturary-like place. The viewers were overwhelmed by the size and all encompassing colors just this made one hone in on the small details of votive candles and little plastic toys. It was really a great piece on present day race and culture relations.
Lastly, the High is having an exhibit to celebrate the anniversary of Coca Cola by looking at the design of the iconic Coke bottle. When I heard about this show I will not lie, I was not excited, but it was a bit surprising because it was very well done. I can se that it is a good exhibit to teach people the history and art behind the dish and then how that design was used in art like Warhal and the pop art movement. I was just a bit bored until I came to the last piece, an installation of coils of recycled material that are in fact abstracted coke bottles. So I shall leave you with this beaut!
Until the next adventure of whimsy and time,