Interior Built Environment: Exploring the High Museum of Art

Exploring the High Museum of Art The High Museum of Art (Lunandy) Situated in Midtown Atlanta, the High Museum of Art is one of Atlanta’s leading Arts facilities. Its modern interior design is made to complement the art by providing a simple, distraction-free display. The first day that a new exhibit opens is usually extremely busy. This was exactly the case on Sunday, February 28th, 2016, when the High Museum opened its exhibit, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. At around 1:30 pm on this sunny day, tons of people visited the museum to admire the work of such a revolutionary artist. Click here to find out what’s in this pamphlet The broad range of visitors that art attracts was perfectly represented by simply gazing around the room. Parents were there with their children, young couples were holding hands, elderly couples were sitting on the benches to admire the artwork, and groups of friends were browsing the gift shop and taking selfies next to the artwork. At each corner and entryway, there was a security guard stationed with a stern facial expression and a posture that gave off an air of “don’t mess with me”. Also dressed in all black to stand out in the light themed museum were the starkly different employees of the museum. Their jolly faces and friendly tones would make anyone feel welcome, and even convinced me that purchasing a membership was worth my while. After I bought my membership, I grabbed a pamphlet, and I was ready to do some exploring. Click here to learn about the High’s natural lighting As you enter the museum,...

Exploring the High Museum of Art: Pamphlet

When you visit the High Museum, you are presented with an informational pamphlet that features a map of the museums many buildings and what kind of art is featured in each floor of them. Also enclosed in the pamphlet is a list of the current special exhibits. The two newest exhibits featured on this particular visit include Vik Muniz and Basquiat: The Unknown...

Exploring the High Museum of Art: Open

OPEN   The wide, open layout of the High Museum allows visitors to enjoy the exhibits in their own personal space. Large crowds that turn up for new exhibits, like the one I visited in these photos, do not compromise the easy navigation. Entryways and hallways are very wide and made to accommodate a constant flow of...

Exploring the High Museum of Art: Field Notes

Setting: Sunday; “good” weather ( 60s); first day of new Basquiat exhibit; around 1:30 pm; slightly busy; Clean: Outside & inside, there is an abundance of spotless, white, surfaces; floors are shiny and spotless; Airy: large, open spaces; large windows; easy navigation; wide, open passages and entryways allow for easy navigation even in large crowds; made to accommodate a constant flow of people; large rooms are designed to flow in the direction that the visitors would take to admire the art along the walls; Light: Natural lighting through several large windows; simple colors used (White walls/paneling/front desk/etc. Light brown flooring, Employees wear black to contrast); floors are light brown wood; untinted white recessed lighting;well-lit throughout museum Modern: hard lines; right corners; furniture, walls, floors, all feature straight & symmetrical lines. Minimal furniture or obstruction in passageways; White; People: Broad range of visitors; Families, young couples, elderly couples, but mostly young adults, (no babies and very little middle-aged adults- may be due to specific exhibit visited); Employees: wear black, friendly, smiles and high energy; Security guards: constantly monitoring visitors, straight-faced, stern facial expressions, great posture, walk “with a purpose”; admiring the art; sitting on benches to stare/admire the art; walking slowly, taking pictures of artwork and of themselves next to artwork; Sounds: Murmuring; hushed tones; not loud; (Except in the cafe area and gift shop); can hear the footsteps of the...

Exploring the High Museum of Art: Straight & Simple

STRAIGHT & SIMPLE At the beginning of each exhibit, such as the one pictured to the right, there is a paragraph of information about the exhibit. Just like everything else in the museum, the words are aligned to fit the square, right-angled, straight design. The simple, neutral font and color also contribute to the modern, minimalistic design...

Exploring the High Museum of Art: Symmetry

SYMMETRY The walls and art in the High Museum are aligned to be symmetrical. In this particular area of the museum, there is a hexagon-shaped room that features art on all sides. The walls are all the same dimensions and align perfectly with the art that is displayed on them. This carries the symmetrical, right-angled aesthetic that is represented throughout the museum....
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