High Museum of Art & Bacchanalia

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Jun 18, 2012

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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I had to run some errands in the morning. I took my car to a Toyota dealer for an oil change and the friend I'm staying with is a Costco member so I went with him to pick up a few things.  Then, with the errands out of the way, I headed for the High Museum of Art.

The High Museum is the leading art museum in the Southeastern U.S. and is one of the 100 most visited museums in the world. They had five temporary exhibits today. The largest was Picasso to Warhol, which had over 100 works from 14 major 20th Century artists.  I'm a fan of many of the artists in the show including Picasso, Warhol, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Jackson Pollock, Fernand Leger and Joan Miro.  The works are all on loan from the Museum of Modern Art and while I believe I've seen most or all of them before, it was nice to see them again.

Another temporary exhibit I enjoyed was The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy show.  I've never heard of Garinger McKoy before and I can't say his work looked familiar.  His extremely detailed sculptures of birds are very distinctive and I believe I would have remembered his work if I had seen it before.

The other three temporary exhibits were much smaller.  One was Kiki Smith: Rituals, which showcased some recent additions to the High's collection.  Another was Thomas Struth, which showed some of his photographs.  The last was Quartet: Photographs by Ralph Gibson, a retrospective of more than 50 years of his work. 

In addition to the temporary exhibits, the High has a large permanent collection.  While some of the areas they concentrate in, such as older American art, don't really interest me, I enjoyed the museum.

I went back to my friend's house and we went to dinner at Bacchanalia.  The woman who sat next to me when I ate at Momofuku Ko on my last trip was a big fan of Bacchanalia, which is why I decided to give it a try.  Quinones at Bacchanalia is on The Daily Meals list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America but, unfortunately, it is only open on weekends so I couldn't try it.

Instead of the typical tasting menu, Bacchanalia lists several choices for each of the five courses. You then make your selection for each course. They only had once vegetarian choice for each of the first three courses, which simplified my ordering. 

After a pleasant meal at Bacchanalia, we headed back to my friend's house for the night.
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