We recently visited the High Museum of Art on a family outing. The museum is featured in Marvel’s newest blockbuster movie: The Black Panther. As a fan of the movie I thought it would be a special treat to visit one of the locations the movie is filmed, as well as take in some cultural art.
In the Black Panther movie, the villain Killmonger visits the High Museum of Art-masked as the Museum of Great Britain. He’s there to steal back a Wakandan artifact made from Vibranium. This is the very first scene featuring Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger, and the first of many moments Killmonger has left the audience wanting more. Art that is!
Just as the movie suggest, the High Museum offers a great collection of fine art including wonderful pieces by African-Americans. Though you won’t find any of the art featured in the movie Black Panther here, you will find selections from and inspired by Africa.
African and African American Inspired Exhibits at The High Museum of Art
The museum currently has five exhibits that include A Fire That No Water Could Put Out, a collection of photographs that highlight some of the important aspects of the Civil Rights movement. The exhibit runs through April 29, 2018.
One of the High’s most recent exhibits, Making Africa presents a vision of 21st century Africa where massive cultural transformation, rapid growth, and globally relevant innovation take place. Get a glimpse of how artists from and within Africa bring about important social, political, and economic change through creative and forward-thinking works of art.
The permanent collection of the High includes a section of African Art, which reflects not just the rich history of the continent but also the recent innovations that represent contemporary Africa. Among the art collection are fine textiles, figurative sculptures, masks, ceramics, and metalwork.
The Contemporary Art section features a portrait of Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo by Kehinde Wiley, the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait when he completed the painting of former president Barack Obama. The portrait is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
If you have kids, the High offers family events such as Weekend Family Tours and Toddler Thursdays. Every second Sunday of each month, the museum offers special family-friendly programming from 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Admission is free for all visitors on Second Sundays.
Planning to visit the High soon? The museum offers family membership. If you travel with your family as much as I do, check out the reciprocal museum membership that offers musuem benefits across the country. Learn more about the North American Reciprocal Museum or NARM Association here.
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