ExhibitionsSupple Means of Connection
Past Exhibition

Supple Means of Connection

July 25 – September 8, 2019


glo moving artists perform in an outdoor activation on Peachtree Street.

glo moving artists migrate around the High’s campus.


glo moving artists perform in the galleries under a purple glow.

glo moving artists at the High.


glo moving artists interact in various positions on the ground.

glo moving artists. Photo by Thom Baker.


glo choreographer Lauri Stallings kneels at a laptop in front of a neon sign that reads "unity."

Photo of Lauri Stallings by Thom Baker.

The High Museum of Art has commissioned its first choreographer as artist in residence, glo founder Lauri Stallings, to create this new suite of live art designed for the Museum’s galleries.

Stalling’s site-based work will inhabit the Cousins galleries from August 3 through September 8 during regular museum hours. In celebration of glo’s 10th anniversary, activations will begin on Thursday, July 25, at 12:30 p.m. and continue on a rotating schedule leading up to the official opening on August 3. (See the full schedule below).

A Rome Prize nominee and CREATIVE TIME artist, Stallings creates works of very diverse context, scale and textures. “Supple Means of Connection” will be both a gallery installation and a public artwork exploring themes of family, falling and maps with respect to women’s roles. Interrogating the infinite challenges of human co-existence—as well as the blurred lines between the fragility of the human body and the fragility of nature—Stallings mixes forms that defy the boundaries of genre and offers choreography as an invitation to collective action.

The choreography will activate the Cousins galleries on the second level of the High’s Wieland Pavilion—relating and co-existing with installed neon art, text and mixed-media sculpture “trees”—and migrate to and from the galleries through other rarely habited spaces around the interior and exterior of the Museum. The shifting locations will ask the public to discover, lean under, peak through and part ways with traditional ways to view art, offering an alternative spatial experience of the Museum.

The installations will feature glo moving artists joined by an intergenerational and interracial group of local women and children, ages 9 to 90. Stallings will not appear in the work herself but will be conducting the live interventions.

Schedule and description of glo migrations and activations:

Choreography Maps
August 3 through September 7 during regular museum hours
Lauri Stallings has created ongoing actions for the Cousins Family Special Exhibition Galleries, enacted by glo moving artists, local women and children, that will continually respond to glo’s art environment and relations between people.

Bird Songs and Calls
August 3 through September 7 during regular museum hours
Recorded bird sounds from glo art sites over the last four years, mixed and amplified in the exceptional spaces of the museum, including a small pathway on 16th Street, the Orkin Terrace, and the Stent Family Wing entrance.

Thursdays and Saturdays (July 25 through September 7) at 12:30 p.m.
Beginning and ending in the Cousins Family Special Exhibition Galleries*, these 52-minute migrations of oscillating rhythms and intricate footwork by choreographer Lauri Stallings will have glo moving artists climbing the High’s sloping lawn and looping around the campus.
*7/25, 7/27, and 8/1 beginning and ending on Peachtree Street sidewalk in front of the Museum.

People Parades
Fridays (July 26 through September 6) at 12:30 p.m.
glo invites the public to come together in the green space adjacent to Sifly Piazza to sit, skip, stand, kneel, prance, waltz, spin, be still, shuffle, make footwork and twist.

Ceremonial Living Sculpture
Fridays (July 26 through September 6) from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lauri Stallings’ live sculpture conceived for Richard Meier’s iconic winding ramp of the Stent Family Wing is enacted by two glo moving artists over three continuous hours.

People Movement Shops
Tuesdays and Saturdays (August 3 through September 7) at 10:30 a.m.
For those who love to move and those who wish to love to move. These movement workshops in the Robinson Atrium are open to everyone. All are welcome regardless of athletic/artistic background.

Movement Choirs
Sundays (August 4 through September 8) at 2 p.m.
How can dance be a form of demonstration? Choreographer Lauri Stallings has created movement choirs for the glo moving artists in the modern and contemporary art galleries that reflect her Southern roots and explore this question, while in dialogue with the artworks on view.

Project support for “Supple Means of Connection” has been generously provided by an artist’s residency at Pasaquan, with support from Columbus State University, Pasaquan Preservation Society and Georgia Council for the Arts. Major sponsorship for “Supple Means of Connection” has been generously provided by the Florence Biennale XII edition, with support from the regional council of Tuscany, Italy.
In-kind support has been generously provided by the Goat Farm Arts Center, Dewberry Foundation and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Major glo programming support for 2019 has been provided by MailChimp, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Community Foundation, with support from Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Goat Farm Arts Center and Lubo Fund.