A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845
On view through January 14
Designed for children ages fifteen months through three years and their caregivers, Toddler Thursdays engage children’s creativity and explore monthly topics with related artwork and self-guided tours, as well as new art-making activities to drop in for each week.
Join us for a spooky-themed drawing session where you will harness your intuition to guide you through exploring proportions and scale.
On the second Friday of each month, flow in yoga, practice art making, and reflect deeply with works of art.
Photographer Rahim Fortune will take the stage in a conversation about his work on view in A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845. Gregory Harris, Donald and Marilyn Keough Family Curator of Photography, will talk with Fortune about his creative practice and what’s next for the artist.
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The High Museum of Art began collecting photographs in the early 1970s, making it among the earliest museums to commit to the medium. With more than 8,500 prints, the Photography department comprises the Museum’s largest collection. It is particularly strong in American modernist and documentary traditions from the mid-twentieth century and in contemporary trends.