ATLANTA: April 15, 2010 – The High Museum of Art and Midtown Alliance will host a Classic Car Caravan and Showcase on Saturday, May 8, celebrating "The Allure of the Automobile" currently on view at the High through June 20, 2010. The Car Caravan will include 50 classic cars and will cruise down the Midtown Mile on Peachtree Street, starting at the Fox Theater. The Car Caravan will begin at 10 a.m. and the Car Showcase will immediately follow the Caravan ending in front of the High on Peachtree Street between 15th and 16th Streets. The Cars will be parked on Peachtree Street until 1 p.m.
There will be special dedicated caravan viewing areas throughout Midtown Atlanta beginning at 10 a.m. at the Georgian Terrace, where there will be a DJ, outdoor grill and bar, grab-and-go breakfast goodies or brunch available until 3 p.m., at 999 Peachtree, where coffee and pastries will be served during the caravan, and at Colony Square where there will be a Kids Village with games, activities and special treats from Chick-Fil-A.
Visitors can also enjoy 20% off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following participating restaurants – Gordon Biersch, Fresh to Order, Little Azio, Table 1280 and TAP. Plus discounted admission to the High all day! Visit www.High.org for additional details.
The Allure of the Automobile
"The Allure of the Automobile" presents 18 of the world's rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars ranging from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. These cars combine state-of-the-art engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and groundbreaking design to create works of "rolling sculpture." The 18 automobiles include one-of-a-kind, custom-built designs that incorporate remarkable advances in automotive styling and engineering. The exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, examining the contrasts between European and American design, the influence of decorative arts and design and the significant changes in automotive styling and engineering both before and after World War II. The featured automobiles have also won awards at prestigious world events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, broken records on racetracks and were previously owned by noted car enthusiasts such as Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Steve McQueen. For more information about the exhibition, visit www.high.org/autos.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High's Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum's size, creating a vibrant "village for the arts" at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.