January 30, 2012
High Museum Collectors’ Evening
Art, Culture and Competitive Acquisition Bidding
- Photos by CatMax Photography
Competitive curators and secret ballot casting lead to a suspenseful night of major art acquisitions, including works by some of today’s top international artists.
High Museum director Michael E. Shapiro and the museum’s seven curators Michael Rooks, Carol Thompson, Sarah Schleunning, David Brennerman, Bret Abbott, Susan Crawley, and Stephanie Mayer-Heydt played host
W. Atlanta Midtown
Among the nearly 300 art connoisseurs: Joan Whitcomb, Frances Bunzl, Sarah Schlesinger, Alex and Kay Summers, Sue Wieland, Paul Hagedorn, Gregor Turk, Phil Sanford, Philip and Melissa Babb, Spring and Tom Asher, Jenai Taylor, Billy Poole, Jana Simmons, Elisa Glazer, Ivy Mills
Arts patrons enjoyed cocktails and gourmet dinner while examining proposed High Museum art acquisitions up-close and chatting with the various curators. A competitive ballot-casting ensued, resulting in three new museum acquisitions by contemporary artist KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly), photographer Hiroshi Sugumoto, and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
The annual Collector’s Evening allows for important new art acquisitions to the High Museum’s 12,000-plus-piece permanent collection.