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Go East Or West At The High Museum

Visitors at the High Museum will soon get the chance to experience two completely different parts of the art world.

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will open two new exhibits on Nov. 3. One explores the art and history of Paris’ Tuileries Garden and another showcases the art and artifacts of the American West.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will run from Nov. 3, 2013 to Jan. 19, 2014 and feature more than 100 works of art. Thirty-five of these works are part of collections in Paris’ Louvre museum.

The exhibition is part of a series of events examining how the 63-acre Tuileries garden in Paris evolved from a simple outdoor garden for French royalty to one of Europe’s first public gardens, serving as a source of inspiration for both French and American impressionist artists such as Édouard Manet and Childe Hassam.

This exhibit isn’t the first time the High Museum has partnered with the Louvre. The two museums had a previous partnership from 2006 to 2009 for Louvre in Atlanta when the High exhibited more than 493 pieces from collections in the Paris museum.

Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Louvre, said the project is an opportunity to expose the collections in the Louvre to a wider audience. The High Museum is only the first stop on the exhibit’s tour. After Atlanta, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will move to the Toledo Museum of Art in February and then travel to the Portland Art Museum in June.

“We are delighted to once again partner with the High in order to share our collections with American audiences. By collaborating with Portland and Toledo, we expand our relationships with U.S. museum partners and make it possible for more visitors to see these works.”

For visitors, the exhibit will begin outside of them museum. The High has transformed the outdoor Sifly Piazza into a landscaped park, inspired by the design of Tuileries.

The landscape will features a dozen holly trees in planter boxes similar to those in the historical garden, installed to create a path to the exhibit entrance. The High has also place two sculptures from the Tuileries garden by French artist Aristide Maillol among the trees.

Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill center of the West

On the other end of the art spectrum is Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which runs from Nov. 3, 2013 to April 13, 2014. The exhibit showcases the exploration and settlement of the American West and features major works of art and historical objects from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

Spanning 100 years of Western art from 1830 to 1930, the exhibit features 257 major works of art and artifacts. Visitors start the exhibition with early 19th–century representations of the West, including artifacts from the Plains Native American tribes, including a toy cradle and beaded deer hide moccasins. Other highlights include firearms used by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, as well as paintings and sculptures by American artist Frederic Remington.

“The westward expansion of our country is a compelling saga, and this exhibition visually demonstrates the complexity of our nation’s expansion through great works of art,” said Michael Shapiro, the Director of the High Museum of Art.

The exhibit also highlights the stories of prominent historical figures of the West, including Chief Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Annie Oakley.

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