High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta , Georgia
Tel: 404 733 4444
Concierge.com's insider take:
Part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the High is one of Atlanta's premier cultural institutions and is conveniently located in the city's Midtown arts district. Highlights of its permanent collection include an impressive stash of 19th- and 20th-century American art, such as Chuck Close's Self-Portrait (3 Parts) and Dorothea Lange's White Angel Breadline. The High Museum has also partnered with the Louvre to bring exhibitions from the famed French institution to this Southern city through 2009 (www.louvreatlanta.org). But most visitors are interested in the architecture: The High's original white-on-white Richard Meier building is widely considered the architect's best work, and a three-building expansion, designed by Renzo Piano, opened in November 2005. An added bonus: Santiago Calatrava's Opera House will be going up nearby (www.atlantasymphony.org/symphonycenter/).