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From the Director

November 1, 2022 | Rand Suffolk

Dear Members,

I hope you’ve had a fantastic year so far and are looking forward to a wonderful holiday season. As always, we have tons of great programming and a diverse schedule of exhibitions to keep you coming back to the Museum again and again. 

Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, which tracks the revered artist’s rise to prominence in America, is on view until January 15. Don’t miss your chance to see some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, along with lesser-known works that demonstrate his daring and inventiveness. Also on view are complex and thought-provoking photographs by Deana Lawson and an exhibition surveying the innovative and wide-ranging career of designer Stephen Burks. 

Seated woman holds an infant on her lap, carved in white marble.

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Woman and Child (originally titled First Impression of Love) (detail), original model before 1893, carved 1902, marble, National Gallery of Art, Washington, gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson, 1942.5.19.

Photograph of an advertisement depicting a woman with large gold earring posing with a finger held to her chin.

Deana Lawson (American, born 1979), Hair Advertisement, 2005, pigment print, collection of the artist; courtesy of the artist, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. © Deana Lawson.

Untitled (Muqarnas) by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, a work made from pieces of mirror and glass.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1922–2019), Untitled (Muqarnas), 2012, mirror, reverse-glass painting, and plaster on wood, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase with funds from the Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation, 2019.174. © The Family of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.

In November, we’ll open Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden, featuring mirror sculptures and other works by one of Iran’s most celebrated artists. Her untitled sculpture on view in the Modern and Contemporary galleries has become a visitor favorite, so we know you’ll enjoy seeing even more of her work.

In Collection Highlights, we’re highlighting recent gifts of Impressionist paintings from the Shaheen family, which are now on view in our European Art galleries.

Throughout this issue, you can learn more about our upcoming programs, including holiday highlights, Lifelong Learning classes and tours, and members-only events.

I look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon and often.